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Pondicherry

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South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal. The eastern side of town displays a richness of French colonial-era architecture, with tree-lined cobblestoned streets lined by a number of old churches and townhouses. Many of the old district's buildings now house cafes, restaurants, and galleries, with a thread of Gallic style and culture running through the aged alleys and the international crowd that lives here. A number of famous ashrams represent some of the key places to visit in Pondicherry, offering some of the country's top Westerner-oriented meditation and yoga retreats. Our India visit planner allows you to schedule your trip to Pondicherry, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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Popular things to do in Pondicherry

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Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Religious Site
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ©
Church
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Seaside Promenade ©
Marina
Seaside Promenade
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Paradise Beach ©
Beach
Paradise Beach
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Pondicherry

Matrimandir ©
Architectural Building
Matrimandir Auroville
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Pancha Rathas ©
Architectural Building
Pancha Rathas Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
World heritage site
Monuments at Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Sadhana Forest ©
Wildlife Area
Sadhana Forest Auroville
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Pondicherry

Serenity Beach ©
Beach
Serenity Beach
2.4
Duration: 2 hours
Rock Beach ©
Beach
Rock Beach
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Auro Beach ©
Beach
Auro Beach
2.9
Duration: 2 hours
Veerampattinam Beach
Beach
Veerampattinam Beach
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Pondicherry

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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Church
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Church
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Kanniga Parameswari Temple ©
Religious Site
Kanniga Parameswari Temple
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Yesu En Nesar Church ©
Church
Yesu En Nesar Church
4.5
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Pondicherry

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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Religious Site
Varadaraja Perumal Temple
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Statue Of Gandhi ©
Monument
Statue Of Gandhi
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Ma Pondy Cherie ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ma Pondy Cherie
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Pondicherry

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Sund'art
Gift & Specialty Shop
Sund'art
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon
Gift & Specialty Shop
Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Kriti Eco Boutique ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kriti Eco Boutique
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
NavaVihan ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
NavaVihan
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Pondicherry

The bulk of visitors to Pondicherry choose to stay in the east side of town. Close to the sea and the well-maintained waterfront, the old colonial French district features a number of stylish boutique hotels and budget-friendly guesthouses, as well as a solid selection of standard hotels along the newer roads. Ashrams and spa retreats provide an array of additional facilities, usually with sea views and more spacious surroundings to the north of the main city.
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