Top 12 Things to Do in Pondicherry: Which One Should Not be Missed

A quaint little place, Pondicherry is laid back, sandy, sunny and serene. One of the most popular destinations in India, Pondicherry, now Pudducherry, is all abount relaxing and chilling out with your loved ones. Once a French colony, this place still carries the French feel, which is one its highlight too. If you are still searching for reasons to visit this beauty, here is a list of top things to do in Pondicherry:

12 Top Things to do in Pondicherry

Mahe Beach

Mahe Beach

Mahe Beach

Famous for: Secluded beach known for sunset and sunrise views

One of the most exotic beaches of Pondicherry, Mahe beach is a secluded beach, ideal for peace seekers and honeymooners. Placed close to tiny hamlets of fishermen, this beach is known for memorable sunset and sunrise views. Serene, palm-fringed and virgin, Mahe beach gives you a chance to just take a stroll and just lay down on the clean sand. Pick up shells and make your own souvenir.Read More

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens-Pondicherry

Famous for: A 178 years old garden, housing over 1500 endangered and rare species of plants

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Founded in 1826, with ornate French architecture, Botanical Gardens of Pondicherry spreads in an area of 22 acres, and is a treasure trove of more than 1500 plant species (endangered and rare), boasting of several valuable properties. The garden is segregated into 28 plots withy varied theme. Children’s train, 6 fountains, a dancing fountain, Japanese rock and an aquarium with ornamental fish are the other attractions here. Do not forget to spot colorful birds.Read More

Serenity Beach

Serenity Beach

Serenity Beach

Famous for: Flawless scenery

Just 20 minutes’ drive to the north of the town, Serenity beach is a lush cool beauty, offering an ideal getaway from city’s hustle-bustle and heat. Surfing and swimming are popular activities here. A weekend flea bazaar is another attraction of this beach. Glistening waters of Bay of Bengal, shiny golden sands, and the serene surroundings are the real charmers. Just lay down on the sand and enjoy your lazing time.Read More

French Quarter

French Quarter

French Quarter

Famous for: A heritage town with French ambiance

The French Quarter of Pondicherry looks magical with its brightly yellow buildings with white outlines. When you take a walk here, you get transferred to another world. The French-styled villas, the colorful red bougainvillea, the cobbled streets, and the quiet surroundings- all take to you the times of French Colonization. You can surely opt for a heritage walk here. Opt for lunch at any on-site eatery, hold a book in your hand or just relax with a glass of beer.Read More

Paradise Beach

Paradise-Beach

Paradise Beach

Famous for: A site where the Sea and Chunnambar backwaters meet

Around 8 km from Chunnambar town, Paradise beach is accessible via boats from the Chunnambar Resort. Chill out on the soft sand of the beach that is a mix of golden and silver. The amalgam of turquoise waters look breathtaking. Due to strong current in deep seas, swimming is permitted only close the shores. The place where the Chunnambar backwaters, and the Bay of Bengal meets is also visible. The beach is also known as called Plage Paradiso.Read More

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Sri Manakula Vinayagar-Temple

Sri Manakula Vinayagar-Temple

Famous for: A 500-yr old temple

Timings: 06.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 04.00 PM to 10.00 PM

Historically known as Manakulathu Vinayagar, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a 500-yr old temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayak (Lord Ganesha) where he resides with his consorts. It is one of the most popular temples in Pondicherry. As per mythology, the Lord has 16 types of names as per his different forms, out of which this God facing eastern coast near Bay of Bengal is called Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy, now known as Manakula Vinayagar.Read More

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Famous for: The headquarters of the Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS)

Timings: 0800-1200 hours and 1400-1800 hours

One of the most well-known ashrams in India, Sri Aurobindo Ashram lying on Rue de la Marine is also one the wealthiest. People looking for peace and spiritual salvation flock this place from all around the globe. The Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo, one of India’s greatest philosopher-poets, in 1926. He promoted Yoga and spiritual well-being. Now the Ashram promotes a fusion of yoga and modern science. Kids below 3 years are not allowed here. The Ashram complex also has a library.Read More

Pondicherry Museum

Pondicherry Museum

Pondicherry Museum

Famous for: Wonderful collection of archeological objects, ancient sculptures, and more

Timings: 10.00 AM to 05.00 AM (Closed on Mondays and government holiday)

Housing a wonderful collection of sculptures and archeological objects, the Pondicherry Museum has amazing galleries with different kinds of exhibits including archaeological remains from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. There is a section dedicated to French colonial objects. You can also see a collection of snail shells, handicrafts, temple lamps, bronze sculptures, glass paintings, Tanjore paintings, varieties of Pallava and Chola art, Budhha images old journals and weapons etc.Read More

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception-Cathedral

Famous for: A 300-yr old church that was visited by Mother Teresa

Locally known as Samba Kovil, it is the cathedral mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cuddalore and Pondicherry. Immaculate Conception Cathedral was built around 1791 on the site of another church that was ruined by the Dutch. This church is also the residence of the bishop. The striking façade has twin Doric columns below and ionic above. The face of the church has a statue of Our Lady with the infant Jesus in her arms, along with the interiors having 8 barrel vaults and a central dome with 8 circular openings.Read More

Eglise de notre Dame des Anges

Eglise de notre Dame des Anges

Eglise de notre Dame des Anges

Famous for: Wonderful architecture

Also known as Our Lady of Angels Church, Kaps Koil and White Chapel, it is the fourth oldest church in Pondicherry. It is the only church where mass is offered in 3 languages- French, Tamil and English. The church has an amazing architecture for which it is popular. One of the most prominent landmarks in Puducherry, it follows Roman Catholic sect of Christianity. The architecture of the church looks like Basilica at Lourdes in Southern France. Do not forget to click the stunning façade.Read More

Karaikal Beach

Karaikal Beach

Karaikal Beach

Famous for: Swimming and other water sports, breathtaking scenery and memorable sunrise

Popular as a paradise for swimming enthusiasts, Karaikal beach offers various water sports activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating and beach games such as Volleyball. Perfect for early risers, the beach offers memorable sunrises and is known for its wonderful scenery. The beach also has a Children activity park and a Tennis court.Read More

Auroville Beach

Auroville Beach

Auroville Beach

Famous for: Swimming

One of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry, Auroville beach is just 12 km away from the main town. It is equally popular amid locals and tourists and is ideal for swimming. Collect the shingles and shells in different colors and shapes, to make your own keepsake. During the weekends, the place is completely packed. The beach is dotted with soft, golden and black volcanic sand.Read More

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1 Response

  1. BornomadiC says:

    All this information is really helpful. Surely, there are certain places I missed during my trip that I can figure out from this blog but I have added them to my list for my next visit to Pondy.

    I have also shared my experience in my blog – https://bornomadic.com/2017/01/07/solo-trip-to-pondicherry. Hope you it interests everyone.

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