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Puducherry

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Puducherry

Sri Aurobindo Ashram:

Situated on Rue de al Marine, Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the most famous and prosperous ashrams in India. Devotees from all over the world come here for spiritual guidance and salvation. Established by Sri Aurobindo Ghosh in 1926, the spiritual tenets follow a synthesis of modern science and yoga. The main building houses the remains of Sri Aurobindo and Mother Mirra Richard. Their mausoleum is in the central courtyard, under the shade of a frangipani tree. The ashram has facilities for collective meditation and the members run various initiatives like farms, libraries, gardens and several small scale industries.

Visiting Time: 8:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs and 14:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs

 

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

This white and brown church situated on Subbayah Salai is one of the famous Catholic churches in the country. The church was built by the French missionaries in the 17th century. The church building is replete with a Neo-Gothic style; with stained glass windows, an imposing entrance and twin towers.

 

Gandhi Statue:

This 4 metre tall statue of the Mahatma is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. It remains surrounded by eight magnificent pillars made of granite.

 

Serenity Beach:

A short ten minute drive to the north of the city takes you to this virgin beach. It draws many visitors who love to enjoy some peaceful moments by the waterside.

 

Vedhapureeswarar Temple:

Also called the Eashwaran koil, this famous temple situated on M.G. Road, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The highlight of the temple is the colourful gateway, known as ‘gopuram’, decorated with the figures of gods and goddesses.

 

French War Memorial:

Located on Goubert Avenue, the French War Memorial is a somber reminder of the courageous soldiers who shed their lives to serve their country at the time of World War I. Every year on 14th July, the memorial will be decked up with lights to pay homage to those brave souls.

 

Botanical Gardens:

Located to the south of the New Bus Stand, the Botanical Gardens were established in 1826. As per the ornate French style it has many gorgeous flower beds, pruned trees, fountains and gravel-lined paths. The main gate leading into the garden is a stunning example of French architecture. There are as many as 1500 plant species in the garden from all over the world.  

 

Kuthbha Mosque:

The first mosque in Pondicherry, the Kuthbha Mosque dates back to the 17th century. The French had made the Muslims vacate the premises and shift the mosque to the southern end. The word “kuthba” means preaching. Daily prayer sessions and preachings take place here with special prayers every Friday.

 

Varadaraja Perumal Temple:

This temple, located on MG Road, is believed to be the oldest in town, dating back to 600 AD. Built according to the typical Dravidian style with sculpted pillars and brightly coloured gopuram, the temple is constructed to honour Lord Vishnu. A separate shrine for Narasimha is also present in the premises.

 

Children’s Museum:

Situated next to the Botanical Gardens, the highlight of this spot is the collection of shells from all over the Puducherry area.

 

Joan of Arc Statue:

The marble statue of the French heroine, Joan d’Arc, is set in front of the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in the midst a garden. A famous instance of French influence on Pondicherry, this beautiful statue commands the attention of passers-by.

 

Lighthouse:

This abandoned lighthouse is a favourite spot of many tourists, especially to click some great pictures.

 

Bharathi Park:

Perfect for a day out or just a casual stroll, Bharathi Park is a Government-owned park smack dab in the middle of the town. The lush canopy of trees here provides great relief from the sun on a hot day. Children will have a good time playing on the hill or by traffic park. Lazing around by the pond will definitelt give you some relaxed moments soaked in natural beauty.

 

Manakula Vinayagar Koil:

Dating back by about 300 years, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The beauty of the temple’s golden spire is matched only by its walls which depict forty different forms of Ganesha. The site is visited by over 5000 devotees each day. The temple has an elephant which uses collect coins with its trunk in exchange of blessings.

 

Puducherry Museum:

This former abode of the French administrator is a must visit if you are interested in history or architecture. There is a huge collection of stone sculptures and bronze figurines here from the Chola and Pallava dynasties. The collection of archaeological relics from the Arikamedu Roman settlement and details of French colonialism will interest historians. The museum also boasts of separate rooms for Geology, handicrafts, relics, and shells and fossils.


Auroville:

Founded by a disciple of Sri Aurobindo, Auroville is an amazing universal town, a perfect example of community living. People from more than 40 nationalities, culture and religion live here in perfect harmony. Several countries have constructed permanent pavilions here as marks of their culture and beliefs. The Mathrumandir located here is a major attraction as a spiritual asylum and an architectural marvel. This 30 meter tall building is globe shaped and has a lotus foundation urn. 

 

Pondicherry beach:

Pondicherry is famous for its pristine beauty and cleanliness. There are wide choices of many beach side activities and water sports here. the beach is also lined up with many restaurants, cafeterias and cottages offering delicious sea food.

 

Plage Paradiso (Paradise Beach):

This is yet another neat and pristine beach in the suburbs of Pondicherry town. There are ample opportunities for water sports here like beach volleyball, cricket etc.  Relax under a beach umbrella or try fishing.  

 

Statue of Dupleix:

This 3 meter tall granite statue was built in honor of Francois Dupleix, a renowned governor in Pondicherry during the 18th century. Close to the statue, there is children’s park.

 

Jawahar Toy Museum:

This is a well maintained doll museum located close to the old Light House building and Gandhi Maidan. There is a good collection of cute dolls and toys brought from various parts of India. It is a must visit for children.