Pondicherry or Puducherry (also known as Pondy) is one of the most charming and fascinating tourist places in South India. French people lived here before independence. So, you can experience French culture here. The French culture and Indian culture can be enjoyed with the perfect balance. Tourists will cherish the French culture alongside Indian culture. Pondy is well-known for the Liquors at a very cheap price in whole India and also a tax-free union territory of India.
Pondicherry is famous for its beautiful beaches, temples, churches, cuisines, etc. Tourists can enjoy the pleasure of various thrilling activities like surfing, scuba diving, paragliding, boating, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, backwater sailing, and Overnight Camping. One can easily take a rental car, bike or even scooty to roam around Pondicherry.
Trust me, you can’t enjoy Pondicherry in a day, plan your trip for at least 4 to 5 days. I’ve visited Pondy so many times during my college days. I’ve done my engineering from SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. From College to Pondicherry, it is only about 120 km i.e 2.5 hrs journey.
My blog will surely help you to make your trip memorable and enjoyable.
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Best Places to visit in Pondicherry:
It is an experimental township located in Tamil Nadu. Some parts of Auroville is also in Pondicherry. The reason behind to establish Auroville is to perceive human unity. The Matri Mandir (the golden dome) located there which means the “temple of the mother” requires advance bookings for entry. You can’t go inside the temple without booking. My personal experience just do advance booking before you visit Matri Mandir.
Location: Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu
2. Auro or Auroville Beach
The other side of the ECR road, there is a popular Auroville Beach or Auro Beach approx 7 km from Matri Mandir. I always used to stay at Muthu guest house near Auro Beach. This beach is ideal for surfing lovers. Whenever I hear the name of this place my unforgettable memories gets refreshed. Just be there at early morning to experience the glorious sunrise.
Location: ECR Highway, (opp Auroville entrance), Periyamudaliar Chavadi, Tamil Nadu
3. Serenity Beach
This beach is extremely popular for surfing even more than Auroville Beach. The golden sand and blue water of the sea provide a panoramic view on the seashore of Serenity beach. Colourful fishing boats floating over the sea are attracted tourists mainly kids.
Location: Kottakuppam, Pondicherry
4. Rock Beach:
Rock Beach is also known as “Pondicherry Beach” or “Promenade Beach”. The best place to walk alongside the beautiful rocks on the beach. I suggest you to visit the Rock Beach after 6:30 pm when the road is closed to vehicular traffic. Sitting on the rocks over the beach, when the water touches your feet, one feels a damn fabulous feeling. Le Café is the perfect place to eat near the beach. In front of the beach is the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the inspiring Joan of Arc’s statue, the ancient heritage town hall, Joseph François Dupleix’s statue, and the old lighthouse.
Location: White Town, Puducherry
5. Chunnambar Boathouse
Chunnambar Boathouse is famous for its backwaters. It is situated 8km from Rock Beach and well 7km from Puducherry, along the Cuddalore highway. Best place for boat lovers. Here you can enjoy all kinds of boat or even ship rides. The tranquil atmosphere of the boathouse gives peace to your soul. From here you can also go to the most famous beach called Paradise Beach by boat or ship.
Location: Pondy-Cuddalore Road, Nonankuppam, Puducherry
6. Paradise Beach:
The beach at Chunnambar also known as “Plage Paradiso” or “Paradise Beach”. You can book a rental boat from Chunnambar Boathouse to reach the most beautiful and cleanest beach of Pondicherry. Paradise beach gives you the feel of Goa. It is also the best beach to take a sunbath. One can also taste the delicious seafood on the beach. You can’t take away your eyes from the beauty of Paradise Beach.
When I first laid the foot on this beach, I was feeling like I’m in heaven. The closing time of the beach is 5 pm. So I recommend you to reach around 11 am on the chunnambar boathouse.
This beach tells you spending a few hours doesn’t matter but the moments make your trip unforgettable like the feel of sand between your toes, sunbathing on the beach, etc.
Location: Pondy-Cuddalore Road, Nonankuppam, Puducherry
7. Ousteri Lake
Ousteri Lake also known as “Osudu Lake” and is one of the famous tourist places of Pondicherry. It is situated 10km from the Puducherry. This freshwater lake has been recognized as one of the important wetlands of Asia by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). This picturesque place attracts tourists for boat riding, gorgeous sunset and many beautiful migratory birds who flock here.
Location: Oussudu village, Vazhudavoor Road, Puducherry
8. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
An ancient specimen of Gothic architecture, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular church and also tourist place of Pondicherry. The devotees worship at this sacred place. There are glass pictures of 28 saints related to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the church.
Mass Timings: Monday to Saturday
5:30am, 12:30pm, 6:00pm
5:30am, 7:30am, 12:00pm, 5:00pm (English mass)
6:15pm (Tamil mass)
Location: 132, South Boulevard, Near Railway Station, MG Road Area, Puducherry
9. Lighthouse Rooftop Grill
Lighthouse Rooftop Grill is one of the most fantastic seaside restaurants in Pondicherry. If you like to dine in peace, then this place is for you dear. Don’t forget to eat butter garlic prawns there, whenever you visit Pondicherry.
Location: 23, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry
10. Les Alizés
It is located inside the most luxurious and beautiful hotels of Palais de Mahe hotel. This place is best for seafood lovers. The colonial architecture, breathtaking views, and mouth-watering kinds of seafood attract tourists to come there.
Location: Palais de Mahe, Door 4, Rue Bussy, Lal Bahadur Shastri Road, Opposite Studio Profile, White Town, Puducherry
So this was a summary of my trip. Hope this has helped and thanks for taking the time out to read my blog. The next shall be up soon. Stay connected!