Pondicherry is a very famous tourist destination and is a beautiful and unique place. Three of the districts of Pondicherry are located on the eastern coastline while the other one, known as Mahe is situated on the western coastline of India.
Pondicherry is the most well known among all the districts and is the heart of the union territory. There are many churches, statues, temples, colonial buildings, along with a very systematically planned town and avenues of the French style. This has helped to retain the essential feel of the French culture. The tourism industry is currently booming in Pondicherry. It has become the ideal romantic getaway and vacation destination for domestic as well as foreign tourists.
Place to explore in Pondicherry:
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Rishi Aurobindo was one of the most respected freedom fighters in India who settled down in Pondicherry and founded this ashram in the year 1920. His philosophy was widely accepted and this became a center of philosophic and Vedic studies.
Enclosed with the boundary, there are gardens, farms, libraries, cottage industries and all kinds of manufacturing departments which are essential for the smooth functioning of the ashram. People from around the world, looking for spiritual enlightenment, visit this ashram every year.
This is a very famous tourist spot and the Mother started this venture in 1968. The vision is to have people from different community, cast and creed living peacefully in harmony. It’s still being developed and has attracted the attention of many nations because of the novel approach to life.
It will be a unique opportunity for couples to visit Auroville and experience how it will feel to live a very austere life in the midst of nature, free from all the distractions of modern life.
Different kinds of artifacts pertaining to the past of Pondicherry have been displayed here. Some of the artifacts are as old as the first century AD.
The Roman artifacts excavated at Arikamedu are the most interesting of the lot.
This beach which is 1.5 kilometers in length runs along the Bay of Bengal and is a very peaceful place.
The important things to be seen here are Mahatma Gandhi’s statue and the War Memorial.
This is famous for the beautiful beach and the various kinds of water sports that are played here. This place is very popular with the tourists. Anglo French Textile Mills - This place is steeped in history and forms an integral part of the history of Pondicherry.
Even till today, the mill has maintained the quality of its products. Tourists are given special discounts on buying things from here.
There are many other places for tourists to visit in Pondicherry. They are the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bhartidasan Memorial Museum, the huge mansion of Ananda and the beautifully kept botanical garden and apart from all these attractions one can also travel a little away from Pondicherry and explore beautiful sea beaches off the coast of Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Thus, Pondicherry is an ideal destination for all kinds of tourists, no matter where they come from, there is something for everyone with beautiful beaches, ashrams, restaurants, French villas and so on; it’s a piece of France in India.
The best time to travel - High Season & Low Season - High season is from October to February, and Low season is from March to September.
Climate - The climate in Pondicherry is very hot throughout the year. The Monsoon season lasts from June to September. The winter temperatures are in the range of 17 - 32° C, while summer temperature is in the range of 24 - 41 ° C.