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Pondicherry Tourism

Rainuka Festival Cart in PondicherryPondicherry, recently renamed as Puducherry and also nick named Pondy, is a calm town tucked away on the Eastern seaboard of India. a vacation at this beautiful city will let you escape all the chaotic humdrum of daily life and engulf the peace and serenity that will rejuvenate your senses. Book your Pondicherry Tourism with us and marvel at the palm-fringed beaches, backwaters, fishing villages, beach resorts, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the international city of Auroville, the French boulevard town with its French heritage, and so on. You can also relish the great food, some fine wine and a wide variety of great adventures.

With your Pondicherry Tourism you can witness the Formerly French colony which has settled in the early part of the 18th century. Explore the mystical charm of harmony and let the tranquilizing aura give you the best vacation, which you will always want.

Major Attractions of Pondicherry Tourism:

Aurobindo Ashram: This is one place which you should not miss out while on your Pondicherry Tourism. If you are looking for peace and harmony, you should definitely visit this place. As you visit this ashram you will see that the main building encompasses the houses of Shri Aurobindo and The Mother (Mirra Alfassa, a French woman who accepted Aurobindo as her spiritual mentor and guide and later became his most important disciple). Here in the courtyard you will find the samadhis of Aurobindo and The Mother where their mortal remains have been enshrined. Few places within the Ashram that are worth visiting are the International Education Centre, guest houses, libraries and the cottage industries.

Pondicherry Beach: For travelers who are looking for a relaxed tour where you can let out your stress and just mellow down with the serene environment, you should visit the Pondicherry Beach. This beach is 1500 meters long and it beautifully borders the town on the eastern side. Take a trip to this beach and enjoy the clean atmosphere. You can indulge in activities like swimming and sun bathing. Here at the beach you will also come across two monuments of historical significance. One is the 4meter tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi and the other is the War Memorial, built by the French in commemoration of the soldiers who died in the First World War. You can also visit the Light House which stands 29 meter high and lies further down. This Light House is about 150 years old.

Pondicherry Museum: Take a trip to the museum and marvel at the interesting artifacts related to the history of Pondicherry. This dates back to the 1st century AD. Here in the museum you will fascinated by the exhibitions of the Roman articles discovered at Arikamedu. The French section showcases the history of French colonization in Pondicherry. The museum also has a nice collection of sculptures, paintings and sea shells. The colonial structure is one of the important places to visit in Pondicherry.

Churches in Pondicherry: There are several of churches that are worthy of a visit while on your Pondicherry Tourism. One of the most beautiful is the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus located on South Boulevard. The interesting part is that it is built in the Gothic style and has three stained glass panels in a corridor behind the altar which exhibits the life of Christ. The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges on Rue Dumas was built in 1865. Here in this church you will find an oil painting of Our Lady of Assumption that was donated by Napoleon III. You may also visit the Eglise de Notre Dame de Lourdes situated in Villiyanur on the outskirts of Pondicherry. This church is built on the same pattern as the Basilica at Lourdes in France.

Temples in Pondicherry: You must not forget to visit the many temples in Pondicherry. These temples were erected by the Cholas between the 10th and 12th centuries. Most of them are dedicated to the local goddesses of the villages where they were built. There are also quite a few temples dedicated to Lord Vinayaka or Ganapathy.

Auroville: To make your vacation more peaceful and exciting you should visit Auroville while on your Pondicherry Tourism. This magnificent place is located about 10 km from the city centre. As you visit this place you will be fascinated by the lush green cover from a highly eroded area, by 25 years of sheer hard work. Auroville, at the moment, is formed of several communities, scattered along the border of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest Airport is at Madurai and Chennai.

By Rail: The nearest railheads are at Madras, Villupuram. Another way is to take a train from Bangalore to Cuddalore.

By Road: Pondicherry can be easily reached from any of the neighbouring states. Pondicherry is best accessible by road from Chennai, Bangalore and even from Kerala.

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