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The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises four coastal regions viz. Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Pondicherry is the Capital of this Union Territory and one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. Pondicherry has been described by National Geographic as “a glowing highlight of subcontinental sojourn”.
The city has many beautiful colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues, which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well-planned French-style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance.
The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises of four coastal regions namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe on the West Coast in Kerala.
The city of Puducherry is the Capital of this Union Territory. It lies on the east coast about 162 kms south of Chennai (Madras) located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. There are no hills or forests in this region. The major soil types found here are red ferralitic, black clay and coastal alluvial.
The main spoken language is Tamil; though Telugu, Malayalam, English and French are spoken by a considerable number of people. Although the majority of the population is Hindu, there are quite a number of Christians and Muslims, whereas Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists are few in comparison.
Puducherry, as many people feel, has a distinct spiritual vibration. Stories of resident sages come down throughout its history from the earliest days.
Puducherry has a special vibe, not felt anywhere else in India. It is a blend of spiritual aura, colonial heritage, Tamil culture and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied town. This inherent ambience of Pondy becomes most evident in the oldest part of the town which flanks the seashore boulevard.
The colonial buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century, stretch along a grid of clean straight streets which house French institutions, Hotels, Guest Houses, Restaurants, Boutiques and private homes, including the sprawling premises of the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Visitors to this area are greeted by mellow hues of cream, yellow, pink and grey compound walls interspersed by flamboyant bougainvillea bursting over gates and walls of courtyards.
Quiet beaches and peaceful resorts in the north and south of the city balance the town’s busy, yet easy going life. Pondy, not only offers its own special attractions, but also doubles as the perfect base to explore the rich destinations of Tamilnadu that surrounds it. Some destinations, namely Auroville, the international City of Unity, the imposing Gingee Fort, the holy temple towns of Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) and the cool lush hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal should make your To-Do list.
Puducherry is best accessible by road from Chennai, Bangalore and even from Kerala. Chennai has an international airport and is easily reachable via a national highway from Puducherry, and offers good transit hotels in the vicinity for travellers arriving late at night.
A beautiful French colony with attractive beach and parks / gardens to visit remains one among the union territories. Pondicherry is enriched with French architectural & cultural wealth.There are many best places to visit in Pondicherry.
Ashram: Sri Aurobindo ashram is a famous & well known spot in Pondicherry and one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry . The ashram involves in activities such as development of art, culture, spirituality etc… The ashram was established by a famous Indian named Sri Aurobindo – a saint who taught a new system of mind development. The ashram has got a garden with marble Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo & Mother which lies as an attraction for tourists. It has also got facilities such as library, main building etc. which can be visited after availing an entry pass.
Auroville: Auroville which is located around 10 – 12 kms from Pondicherry was established by The Mother in year 1968. It was designed by a French architect named Roger Anger based on the concept of red earth & widespread forest. The moral idea of the construction is where people can live with harmony & peace. The Matrimandir – globe like infrastructure located at auroville acts as a center of attraction for tourists. The place has also got shops, cafeteria for refreshments etc. Auroville is a must visit place in Pondicherry.
The Beach: It’s an awesome experience to walk along the beach road famously called promenade or Goubert Avenue. This place is seen as one of the much attractive places to visit in Pondicherry.
Alliance Francaise: This building remains as famous information center for Pondichery. It also stands as French language institution & library.
French institute of Pondicherry: A beautiful research institute located at Saint Louis Street consist many palm leaf manuscripts on archaeology, history, Indian civilization etc…
Mankula Vinayagar Temple: This temple is dedicated to god Ganesh and also got a shrine dedicated for Lord Murugan. The age of the temple is more than 300 years old which adds more historical value for the temple.
Auroville beach: Also known as Repos beach. It is located around 10 – 12 kms from main pondichery and acts as an attractive place for tourists.
Chunnambar Backwater: Also known as Plage paradise is a resort situated along cuddalore main road it’s an ideal place for boating experience & relaxation on weekends. It has also got various restaurants, bars etc. The food is also being served in huts and got various accommodations which can be availed.One of the best places to visit in pondicherry.