Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry is one of the seven Union Territories of India. Affectionately called Pondy, this is a beautiful seaside town where you can find a perfect blend of Indian and French traditions. Currently, this is the most populous city of Indian Union territory Puducherry with a population of 657209 and an area of 492 sq Km. [Source: Wikipedia]
The city is bordered by the Indian state Tamil Nadu and for that reason, you can mostly experience the Tamil culture here. Also, in the former French colony of Pondicherry, you can experience French architecture and culture perfectly merged with Tamil culture. For that, this place is a perfect escape from the busy urban world, where you can find peace, scenic beauty, reach culture, some exotic French cuisine and a lot more.
Here is a short tour guide of Pondicherry.
How to reach Pondicherry
Pondicherry is well connected to the rest of the city. It can be reached both by train or air. By air reach Chennai airport first. From there go to Pondicherry by road. Chennai is 135 Km away from Pondicherry and it will take almost 4 hours to reach Pondicherry from Chennai. If you are traveling by train then go to Pondicherry station directly. Upon arriving Pondicherry check in to Pondicherry hotels.
Top Places to visit in Pondicherry
The best places to visit in Pondicherry are:
Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. Adorned with the golden sand, this famous and highly sought after the beach is always swaying in a cold sea breeze. In order to reach here, you have to take a ferry across the backwaters, which take around 20-30 minutes.
Conceived as the ‘Universal Town’, the Auroville Ashram is an experimental township. In the year 1926 Sri Aurobindo founded this city where people from across the world of all cultures and traditions come and live together in peace.
The area is well maintained, clean and beautiful and here you can feel the freshness of the sea.
Pondicherry Beach or commonly known as the Promenade Beach- is a famous stretch of beachfront in the city. It stretches up to 1.2 kilometers along the Bay of Bengal and is the most popular stretch of road in Pondicherry.
This is probably the most beautiful beach in Pondicherry. This pristine beach attracts numerous tourists every day due to its quiet environment.
Arikamedu is an ancient Roman trade center and is a hidden gem for the tourists. The name means ‘eroding mount’ in Tamil. A very little fact is known about any Indo-Roman business ties Before Christ era, however, with the discovery of Arikamedu widespread proofs were found regarding this Indo-Roman tie-ups. Ages ago, the port town was occupied by the people of Rome, Cholas, and French and served as a famous maritime center from 1st century BC to 2nd century AD.
Where to Stay
In Pondicherry, you can find numerous hotels of different budget range. Typical mid-range Pondicherry hotels will charge around Rs 2000 per day.
The total package will cost around Rs 9000 for a couple.
So, overall it will be a nice short trip where you can enjoy the proximity of nature and reach culture.
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