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Officially known as Puducherry, Pondicherry is the name of the scenically blessed city of South India. Pondicherry was once the largest hub of French establishment in India. The serene beaches, sacred religious sites and remnant of French Colony in Pondicherry attract travelers and explorers from far and wide. Home of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, Pondicherry has become a place to find enlightment. The little France or The French Riviera of the East, Pondicherry due to its French influence is known by many different names. Endowed with enthralling beauty and showcasing the flawless blend of French and South Indian tradition, Pondicherry has many places to unravel.
Housed within the former Law building on the Saint Louis Street of Puducherry is the famous Pondicherry Museum. Housing the large collection of rare bronze and stone statues from the Chlola and Pallava dynasties Pondicherry Museum has become a famous tourist destination of Pondicherry. There are few excavating sites around Pondicherry and many artifacts related to Roman Empire were discovered from those sites which are now proudly displayed in the Pondicherry Museum. Visitors can learn about the ancient era from the artifacts featured in Pondicherry Museum making paradise for historian and archeologist traveling in Pondicherry.
Pondicherry Museum Timings: 10:00 am to 05: 00 pm
Entry fee of Pondicherry Museum: Rs 15
Auroville founded in 1968 by the Mirra Alfassa and designed by Roger Anger is a universal or experimental town in Pondicherry. It is a melting pot of Pondicherry where people of different cast and creed live in peace and harmony. The most highlighting feature of Auroville is the Matrimandir. It is a modern structure featuring a lotus-shape dome covered by golden disc. Matrimandir is known for its high significance for integral Yoga practice. The harmonious ambiance of Auroville and the unique architecture of Matrimandir have made it a famous tourist attraction of Pondicherry.
Promenade Beach famously known as Pondicherry Beach is the most pictorial destination of this scenic French city. Stretching over 2km Promenade Beach has is known for being one the liveliest part of Pondicherry. The rocky beach of Promenade with its mesmerizing view of vast ocean has captivated the mind of many travelers and become a famous tourist destination of Pondicherry. Taking a leisurely walk on the long beach of Promenade, while listening to the alluring sound of crashing water has become an ideal way to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Pondicherry.
Located at one of end of Promenade Beach is the French War Memorial of Pondicherry. Built in 1971 to commemorate the martyrs of First World War the quaint monument French War Memorial is situated in the White Town of Pondicherry. Every year during the occasion of Bastille Day on 14th July the French War Memorial is illuminated to pay homage to those valiant soldiers who bravely sacrificed their life to protect their homeland. The white washed structure of French War Memorial is a popular tourist destination of Pondicherry.
French War Memorial Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Founded in 1686 Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee is the oldest church of Pondicherry. Also known as Church of Capuchins this ancient shrine is located in the Cathedral church road of Pondicherry. Showcasing the intricate design of Portuguese Architechturing Style, this 3 centuries old church has become the place to enlightment and peace of mind in Pondicherry. The tranquil ambiance, astounding architecture and rich history are the most highlighting features of Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee Church.
Best time to visit Pondicherry: Each season has its own beauty to relish in this serene city. But October to February is the considered the best time to visit Pondicherry and explore the French influence monuments and scenic beaches of Pondicherry. But visitors can also visit during the festive time in July and August when Pondicherry is showcasing the impeccable blend of French and South Indian tradition.
How to Reach Pondicherry: Each season has its own beauty to relish in this serene city. But October to February is the considered the best time to visit Pondicherry and explore the French influence monuments and scenic beaches of Pondicherry. But visitors can also visit during the festive time in July and August when Pondicherry is showcasing the impeccable blend of French and South Indian tradition.