Pondicherry

Pondicherry

A tiny seaside town on the eastern seaboard officially called Pudducherry and affectionately Pondy, Pondicherry exudes the timeless legacy of the French colonial era. Its tree-lined boulevards, arched doorways of colonial-style villas, and quaint cafes accentuate its distinct French appeal.

Gently lapping sea, delicate piano strains wafting with the wind, and a sense of calm casts a magical spell over Pondicherry. The people here are a melting pot of communities and nationalities, ranging from the native Tamilians to French expatriates and a generous mix of Europeans. Free-spirited, easy-going, and bohemian – Pondicherry is a tiny slice of France in India.

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The French Appeal

The French Appeal

Explore its Gallic French Quarters where streets still bear French names, light a candle at Our Lady of Angels Church, and patronize the cafés continuing the tradition of delicious French pastries; and you will soon feel as if you have been translated to a provincial French village. Take a bicycle tour of Pondy and check out the interesting galleries, art studios, charming boutiques, and alfresco cafes for a delightful French experience.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Indian poet, thinker, and philosopher Aurobindo Ghosh and French mystic-musician Mira Alfassa jointly created a unique global community driven by a combination of yoga & spirituality. The ashram, now home to hundreds, is a hive of activities with its various workshops creating scores of products including handlooms, perfumes, candles, Ayurveda medicines, and aromatherapy oils.

Auroville

Auroville

Auroville, a harmonious global community, epitomizes the vision of Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa. A beautiful township where simple living and passion hold high value and where organic farms & forests reflect the conservation efforts of the Aurovillinas- Auroville is a place to soak in nature.

Pristine Beaches

Pristine Beaches

The quiet beaches of Pondy are ideal to laze by the sea. Its 1.5kms long Beach Road is perfect for evening strolls. Watch the glorious sunset on Auroville Beach and indulge in yoga & meditation on the sands. Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, and Serenity Beach are some of the spectacular beaches of Pondicherry.

Adventure in Pondicherry

Adventure in Pondicherry

Pondicherry’s long coastline promises you some adrenalin pumping adventure on the water. Go scuba diving or snorkeling and discover the colorful underwater world, battle the waves on a surfboard or a zorbing ball, try fishing on a catamaran, go dolphin spotting on a schooner or party onboard a midnight cruise- pick your own adventure!

The Festive Spirit of Pondicherry

The Festive Spirit of Pondicherry

International Yoga Festival is celebrated warmly and widely in the first week of January every year. It showcases India’s spiritual and philosophical heritage through workshops, demonstrations, and competitions. Every year on July 14, Pondy observes Bastille Day in honor of the French martyrs of WWI. If you like French cuisine, be sure to attend the annual French Food Festival in Pondicherry.

Culinary Delights in Pondicherry

Culinary Delights in Pondicherry

Delicious French cuisine with tongue-twister French names is the highlight of Pondicherry. Delectable Creole cuisine & Vietnami cuisine add a twist to the authentic herb-based French food. Sip a French press coffee with French pastries, macaroons, and croissants for a delicious French experience.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Pondicherry is best visited in winter months from October to March.

How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air- Pondicherry Airport caters to domestic flights from Bengaluru and Hyderabad. However, Chennai International Airport, around 150kms from Pondicherry, connects Pondicherry to major destinations across the globe.

By Rail- Villupuram Junction, around 38kms from Pondicherry is the nearest railhead connecting Pondicherry to the major cities in the country.

By Road- A well-maintained network of roads and highways connect Pondicherry to the major cities in the country.

Join us on a soul-seeking trip to Pondicherry to soak in its French past. Go footloose in Auroville, walk barefoot on the beach, and relish the bohemian culture of Pondicherry. Do fill the enquiry form and let us know about your travel needs to help us create exclusive travel packages for you.

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