Pondicherry Things to Do Tips by abi_maha Top 5 Page for this destination
Pondicherry Things to Do: 68 reviews and 139 photos
One of those beaches....
No beach in the heart of the city....but enroute to Pondy from Chennai you will see plenty of amazing beaches...go ahead and take a dip in some of them...it's truly an unforgettable experience! Most beaches are absolutely deserted so u will hav them all to urself!
The park is divided into four sections with the Ayi Mandapam in the centre, which is being used as a traffic island and vehicles pass through all the four roads.In 1706, it was built as a stellate-shaped fort. Christened Fort St Louis, it had a moat around it, which was fed by the Petit Canal, which in turn was fed by the Uppar River. This fort, however, was pulled down in 1778 by the British. Even before Fort St Louis was constructed, Pondicherry had seen several forts, but they were all destroyed and rebuilt time and again. In 1787, the French finally decided not to construct any more forts and it was used as a parade ground for a few years and then it finally became a park.Normally, European squares have all the important buildings around them, so does the Bharathi Park. The Government General Hospital came up in 1853, the Assembly in 1962 (earlier it housed a tribunal and a medical college) and other buildings such as the Raj Nivas, UCO Bank and Chamber de Commerce surround the park. As for the Ayi Mandapam , only after the French faced a water crisis, they went in search of water and then the monument came into being.
A getz with a sun top is jus the thing for this dr
Its a beautiful drive! The ECNr road is a Toll-road, n is one of the best for drives in India. Its so scenic and picturesque dat u will stop a million times enroute to Pondy to click snaps, take a dip in the sea etc
Inside the visitor center
Just recently revisited Pondi (I now live like a stone's throw away from Pondi) and so it was but natural that when 4 of my closest friends came over for a 'womens only weekend', we headed to pondicherry to spend an afternoon in the Auroville Campus... Even as we deviate off from ECR into the road that takes us to the Auroville property the may quaint shops selling stoles, clothes and footwear are an extreme temptation esp to a car full of women!! ;-)
None the less we decided to check them all out on the way back and reached Auroville at around 3 PM. The many trees in this property definitely help pull down the soaring heat by a degree or two. We visited the Visitor Center that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this place. Then a short stop at the cafe on the way to the Matrimandir and we were on our way to the Golden Globe shaped Matrimandir. The slightly longish walk is not at all taxing. Do stop at the Banyan Tree for a couple of mins and feel free to wash your face at the water tank near it :-) We sure did and it was awesomely refreshing!!
To gain entry into the Matrimandir it seems we should take an appointment 2 days in advance for the meditation sessions that happen between 9 AM and 11 AM. We didn't so we couldn't enter :( All in all it is such a peaceful way to spend half a day!
While there do remember to buy some incense sticks and scented candles. They are almost half the price of what you get them here in Chennai!
Plage Paradiso, popularly known as Paradise Beach, is situated at Chunnambar, in the close proximity of Pondicherry town. It is a sought after tourist attraction, as the cool breeze and golden sand serve the beach as a resting hub.
The view of the sunrise is amazing from the shore. A stream on one side of the beach enriches the beauty of the pleasant beach. Sun bathing and a variety of water sports activities are major draws here. Beach volleyball, beach umbrellas, nets and fishing rods are all available for the enthusiast travelers. This is really a secluded beach to relax.
From the outside
Founded in 1926, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has grown from a small group of two dozen disciples into a large diversified community with almost 1200 members. Counting the 400 students of the Centre of Education and the hundreds of devotees who live nearby, the larger ashram community consists of more than 2000 people.
Situated in a busy city of over 700,000 people, the Ashram is not a quiet place of retreat but a vibrant centre of life in a modern urban setting. The dynamic character of the community reflects the life-affirming aim of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga. Work as an offering to the Divine is an essential aspect of the Yoga, and all Ashramites do a certain amount of productive work each day in one or another of the Ashram's departments.
In the sadhana or spiritual discipline at the Ashram, there are no obligatory practices, no rituals, no compulsory meditations or systematic instructions in Yoga. You are left free to determine the course and pace of your sadhana in accordance with your own natures. But the general principle of the sadhana is the same for all: there must be a surrender to the Divine and an opening to the Divine Force so that it may work to transform one's being.
The Ashram is located in the eastern part of Pondicherry. Ashramites live and work in a large number of buildings spread throughout the area. The focus of community life is the Ashram main building, usually called simply "the Ashram", which consists of an interconnected block of houses, including those in which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for most of their lives. At its centre, in a tree-shaded courtyard, lies the Samadhi, a white-marble shrine where their bodies are laid to rest.
The Ashram provides its members with all they need for a decent and healthy life. Various departments have been organised to look after the basic requirements of food, clothing and shelter, as well as medical care. There are also libraries for study and facilities for a variety of cultural pursuits. The Ashram is administered by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust.
Called 'The Studio' this gallery exhibits paintings by the Ashram artists themselves. The gallery is open to public viewing from 9 am to 11 am and from 3 pm to 4 pm everyday.
Address: Rue Law de Lauriston, Pondicherry - 605001
Phone: +91413 2331494
Set up to be an intellectual sanctuary this quiet setting houses over 80,000 books which include periodicals, journals and other intersting books. Set in a large, French colonial building with its big halls, its quiet corners, and its own little garden in front it makes for an ideal way to spend a day at the ashram. Also you can witness Indian Classical recitals and western classical recitals here from time to time. It also hosts a good collection of music records and tapes.
Timings:7.30 am - 11.30 am, 2.00 pm - 4.45 pm
Phone: +91413 2334648
The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, constructed in Gothic style, is a highly revered religious destination in Pondicherry. Lot of visitors and believers are thronging to this church to offer prayers. One can be blessed by seeing the wonderful stained glass windows highlighting the life of Jesus.
Every year this church witness growing rush with thousands of devotees from different place visiting this place. This gigantic church is one of the most attractive churches in Pondicherry
C.S. Perrotet established Botanical Gardens, a beautiful tourist attraction in Pondicherry in 1826. The garden encloses a good collection of exotic and rare plants and also houses an aquarium. It has a wealthy and diverse collection of plant species from many parts of India as well as from abroad.
Aquarium displays many sea living organisms including variety of fish flora. It also exhibits various methods of fishing adopted in coastal areas., though it is not much compared to the aquariums we have seen abroad.
abi_maha's Related Pages
Pondicherry Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Pondicherry: Relaxing & Charming"
- "Pondy- Serene and beautiful!"
- "Pondicherry - India's French Connection"
- "Pondicherry - The French Town"
- "Charming Pondicherry"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Pondicherry
- Hotels in Pondicherry
- Transportation in Pondicherry
- Nightlife in Pondicherry
- Restaurants in Pondicherry
- Shopping in Pondicherry
- Warnings and Dangers in Pondicherry
- See All...
Explore the World
- Portage Lakes Hotels
- Key Biscayne Hotels
- Victoria Falls Hotels
- Maria Laach
- Los Ayala Hotels
Badges & Stats in Pondicherry
- 24 Reviews
- 49 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 8 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (13)
Have you been to Pondicherry?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Pondicherry
Photos in PondicherrySee All Photos (49)
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Columbus Intro, 26 reviews, 118 photos, 1 travelogue
- Washington D.C. Intro, 21 reviews, 89 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Chennai (Madras) Intro, 37 reviews, 68 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Bangalore Intro, 53 reviews, 48 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Leh Intro, 20 reviews, 81 photos
- Niagara Falls Intro, 22 reviews, 69 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Pondicherry Intro, 24 reviews, 49 photos
- Newark Intro, 14 reviews, 55 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Put-in-Bay Intro, 15 reviews, 49 photos
- Jaisalmer Intro, 12 reviews, 47 photos
FriendsSee All Friends (23)
Latest Pondicherry hotel reviews
- The Dune Beach Village - An Eco Beach Hotel
- 258 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 20, 2013
- Seaside Guest House 14
- 50 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 23, 2013
- Kailash Beach Resort
- 85 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 13, 2013
- Le Dupleix Pondicherry Hotel
- 120 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 7, 2013
- Ginger Pondicherry Hotel
- 252 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 24, 2013
- The Promenade Pondicherry
- 261 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 19, 2013
- Zest @ Big Beach
- 195 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 19, 2013
- The Oasis
- 3 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Oct 5, 2010
- Hotel Mass
- 53 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 9, 2013
- Hotel Du Parc
- 141 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 23, 2013
- Hotel Surguru
- 57 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 13, 2013
- Pondicherry Ashok Hotel
- 40 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 19, 2013
- Executive Inn
- 209 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 23, 2013
- Calve Heritage Hotel
- 23 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 16, 2013
- The Richmond, Puducherry
- 77 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 20, 2013
- Auroville- 9 Reviews, 22 Photos
- Promenade- 4 Reviews, 10 Photos
- Sri Aurobindo Ashram- 3 Reviews, 3 Photos
- Botanical Garden- 2 Reviews, 6 Photos
- Old Lighthouse- 3 Reviews, 3 Photos
- Dupleix Statue- 2 Reviews, 3 Photos
- Gandhi Statue- 2 Reviews, 6 Photos
- Church of Our Lady of Angels- 2 Reviews, 2 Photos
- Sacred Heart Church- 3 Reviews, 7 Photos
- French War Memorial- 2 Reviews, 3 Photos