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Auroville, Pondicherry: 15 reviews and 38 photos

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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!

Address: Bommayapalayam, Tamil, Nadu, India
Directions: 10 km north of Pondicherry town in South India
Phone: 9487650951

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  • Written Oct 28, 2011
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