Experience the cultural fusion at Pondicherry

FPJ BureauUpdated: Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:25 PM IST
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If you have been longing for a getaway seeking peace and serenity you can’t miss the peaceful land of Pondicherry. The old European style culture, the artistic look of the town and people all across the world settled in harmony is what makes Pondicherry a place to discover and experience. It turns out to be one of the best tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu.

Pondicherry is the capital of the Union Territory, Puducherry. It was a French colony till 1954 which can be observed in its authentic colonial architecture amongst the buildings, churches and town planning. Due to its fusion of Indian and French heritage, it is also known as “The Europe of India”.

Pondicherry airport can accommodate only small aircrafts which come from Bangalore and Hyderabad since the major flights land only in Chennai which is the nearest airport and from there you can take buses which ply to our main destination.

Pondicherry has many places to choose from. We bring to you the best of the lot which you can explore.

Aurobindo Ashram

This ashram was built by Sri Aurobindo Ghosh on in 1926. It is a famous land mark in Pondicherry. Since them the ashram has become a tourist destination for those seeking spirituality. The ashram consists of a library, printing press, playground, art gallery, nursing home, farm, dairy, bakery, guest house, and more.

Aurobindo Ashram<br />Picture credits: booksmarketsandplaces.blogspot.com

Aurobindo Ashram
Picture credits: booksmarketsandplaces.blogspot.com |

Bharathi Park

It is a lavish green point of the town. At the centre of the park you will find the Aayi Mandapam which is a famous monument. The park’s importance can be measure by the various government buildings surrounding it like the Lt. Governor’s Palace, the Legislative Assembly, Government Hospital, Ashram Dining Room, the Cercle de Pondichéry private club, Hotel Qualité, and Roman Rolland library.

Bharathi Park<br />Picture credits: guidealibaba.com

Bharathi Park
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Botanical Garden

Situated in the middle of an old Tamil town, this French masterpiece has been standing since 1826. The Botanical Gardens consist of pruned tree, blankets of colourful flowers, lined paths and fountains. it showcases many exotic species of plants from all over the world. The gardens gained their share of fame after it was known that the film “Life of Pi” was shot here. There is also an aquarium, a toy train for kids too. The garden is quite close to the Pondicherry bus terminal.

Botanical Gardens<br />Picture credits: www.mygola.com

Botanical Gardens
Picture credits: www.mygola.com |

Auroville

Auroville is located 8 km from Pondicherry. The place was founded by Sri Aurobindo Ghosh and Mira Alfassa in 1968 and was designed by Roger Anger who was a French architect. A the centre you will find a temple which symbolizes universal mother and is called ‘Matrimandir’. The main idea of this place is to bring people from all over the world to live in peace and harmony.

Top view of Auroville<br />Picture credits: www.auroville.org

Top view of Auroville
Picture credits: www.auroville.org |

Promenade Beach

It is one of the prominent beaches in Puducherry. A walk along the shore will give you a glimpse of the various landmarks and statues which include Joan of Arc, the Heritage town hall, Dupleix statue, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and an old light house. The beach is a perfect place for a quiet stroll as it gives you the desired relaxation through its mild sea breeze.

Promenade Beach<br />Picture credits: dopepicz.com

Promenade Beach
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Arikamedu

It is known as the ancient Roman trade centre and is located in the South of Puducherry along the Ariyankuppam River. The history of this place can be traced back to second century B.C. You can indulge in the Arikamedu river cruise which will take you back in time. The experience will leave you with amazing memories.

Arikemedu<br />Picture credits: www.showmetrips.com

Arikemedu
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Jamia Mosque

It is also known as Khuthbha Mosque. It is believed to be built in the 17th Century. It was the first mosque built in Pondicherry. The mosque is built in a strategic position facing the Mecca.

Jamia Mosque<br />Picture credits: www.pondytourism.in

Jamia Mosque
Picture credits: www.pondytourism.in |

Veerampattinam Beach

It is known as the biggest coastal village in Puducherry and is 7 km away from the city. It has rivers on both sides which protects the boats which can be damaged by cyclones in the sea. The beach is a popular attraction for tourists due to its rich surrounding making it look purely exotic.

Veerampattinam Beach<br />Picture credits: geolocation.ws

Veerampattinam Beach
Picture credits: geolocation.ws |

Apart from these there are many other famous tourist destinations which are worth a visit. You can visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the Immaculate Conception Cathedral here which stands strong displaying the intricate art of the French era. Also do not miss the Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple which was here before the French colonisation.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus<br />Picture credits: www.skyscanner.co.in

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Picture credits: www.skyscanner.co.in |

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