Pondicherry literally means “New settlement” which is 200km south of Chennai (Madras). Pondichery is easily accessible from nearby metropolises such as Bangalore and Chennai. This city is one of the most mesmerizing destinations in South India. On the way to Pondicherry, tourists can see lots of typical sceneries, striking red soil, and green vegetation comprising neem, and cashew plantations forming a stunning landscape. Here, you will find information about the places to visit in Pondicherry and other unique places.
1. Promenade Beach
It is a beautiful coastline beach in Pondicherry. It starts at the war memorial and ends at the duplex park. Promenade beach in Pondicherry is 1.5 kilometers long with some popular tourist destinations nearby like the old lighthouse, war memorial, duplex park, heritage town hall, and many more. This beach is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi statue because this statue is situated exactly opposite the beach. It is a crowded spot as it is quite famous for local people and tourists too. There are many street stalls that provide delicious meals every time, and also there are many shops at the coastal line of this beach where handicrafts materials are sold.
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2. Sri Aurobindo Ashram (Unique places to visit in Pondicherry)
Pondicherry is now the main tourist attraction in India’s southeast area near the Bay of Bengal sharing a border with the state of Tamil Nadu. From calm waters to breathtaking beaches, watersports to sightseeing tours. Pondicherry held various attractions for tourists from not only in India but across the world. Along with these, Pondicherry houses one of the oldest and most spiritual Ashrams in India. Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Sri Aurobindo or Aurobindo Ghosh established Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo was a political leader and Nationalist before he retired from it and became Spiritual Guru to a few of his followers called Sadhaks in 1910. Till 1920 Sri Aurobindo lived with a few Sadhaks in Pondicherry, doing their daily chores and reading and writing with simplicity. The Mother of Mirra Alfassa, a French woman who was said to be “the Spiritual collaborator” of Sri Aurobindo, came back to Pondicherry and started living in Ashram following the lifestyle of Sadhaks. Now Ashram has over 400 buildings in Pondicherry where departments were formed. It is open to all without distinction of gender, nationality, caste, and religion, from different parts of the world.
3. The Pondicherry Botanical Garden (Places to visit in Pondicherry in One day)
CS Perrottet establishes it in 1826, the Pondicherry Botanical Garden spread across 22 acres in the south of the New bustand in India. This garden is an Oval shaped bona fide french style garden filled with over 1500 species of trees. From the entrance gate to the Orchestration of the trees, flower beds, fountains, and stoned paths all are prudent examples of French architecture having the memorial of C.S. It has many attractions like different trees with exciting information about their uses, medicinal values, botanical names, and kids playing area, Toy train ride, Aquarium, Japanese rock structure, and Musical fountain show. This Garden is enormous and entertainment activities can keep tourists captivated quickly for over 2 hours.
4. Pondicherry Museum
This is the best place to visit in Pondicherry in one day with families. Explore the different stories and trace the french roots, collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and historical treasures. It is listed among the main attractions of Pondicherry. The museum has carved stone statues, and bronze sculptures of Indian gods. Further, there are many fossils trunks of ancient trees, transport models, bronze temple lamps, crafts, coins, and shells. Check out the gallery of paintings featuring colonial engravings, and Tanjore paintings.
5. French War Memorial
It is on Goubert Avenue, they built the French Memorial in 1971 to commemorate the loss of brave french soldiers during world war 1. It is a must-visit place for tourists, especially when visited on Bastille day. There is a small garden built around the monument. They beautifully illuminated the memorial on Bastille day which is celebrated on the 14th of July.
6. Paradise beach
Paradise beach is one of the main attractions of Pondicherry. Getting to the beach is as incredible as the coast itself. Get on to a ferry that crosses the ponds surrounded by dense mangrove forests which takes 20 to 30 minutes to reach the golden shores. Watch the birds, walk on the soft sand, take pictures with your loved ones, or sit and enjoy the waves. A variety of water sports activities are also available for tourists who are keen to try fishing and nets are readily available for rental.