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Tourism in Puducherry

Puducherry is famed for its long list of tourist attractions, and I fancy that the wide variety of attractions the territory has to offer is simply incredible. Ponduchurry opens the door to a whole new world where peacefulness and serenity are painted all over the region.

The stunning spiritual atmosphere, antique buildings, old-fashioned colonies, spellbinding beaches, French culture combined with the Tamil refinement and whatnot, Puducherry stands up to the expectations of visitors.

The districts are basically disjointed in nature and are tucked as a part of the neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


Pondicherry and Karaikal district on the east seacoast in Tamil Nadu Yanam district in the southern state of Andra Pradesh (820 km away from the union territory of Puducherry) Mahe district on the west seacoast in Kerala (612 km away from the union territory of Puducherry). The enchanting urban centre of Pondicherry located on the east seacoast is just 152 km away from the southern metropolis of Chennai.

Beaches in Puducherry

Puducherry features a whopping 45-km long coastline. The awe-inspiring beaches of Puducherry attract people from all over the world irrespective of seasons. Also, beaches of Puducherry are suitable for swimming, sunning; kayaking, scuba diving and other water-related sports and fun activities.


The beaches of Puducherry include Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach, Auroville Beach. Reach more about Beaches in a month.

Religious Sites in Puducherry

The union territory comes loaded with numerous significant and historic religious sites. The far-famed religious sites of Puducherry are seen as the remains of the rich history the region has followed through.

  •     Manakula Vinayagar Koil
  •     Vedhapureeswarar Temple
  •     Kanniga Parameswari Temple
  •     Kamatchiamman Temple
  •     Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple
  •     The church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  •     The church of the Capuchins
  •     Notre Dame de’
  •     The Notre Dame des Anges
  •     The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
  •     The church of Our Lady of Good Health
  •     Jamai Mosque
  •     Meeran Mosque
  •     Mulla Mohammed Mosque
  •     Kuthbha Mosque

Heritage Buildings and Monuments in Puducherry

Owing to the rich historical background, the region is gifted with a lot of incredible structures erected to commemorate individuals or events. Some of the illustrious heritage buildings and monuments of Puducherry include the children’s park& Dupleix Statue, The Mairie, Le Cafe, Gandhi Statue, French War Memorial, 19th-century Light House, Aayi Mandapam, Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Marine Street.

Museums in Puducherry

The Puducherry Museum is located on Saint Louis Street. The museum is located in the former Law Building. The museum has a collection of rare bronzes and stone sculptures from the Pallava and Chola dynasties and artifacts excavated from Arikamedu.

Some of the notable museums of Puducherry include the Puducherry Museum, Jawahar Toy Museum, Bharathidasan Museum, Children’s Museum, and Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum.

The backwater and the Gardens in Puducherry


Backwaters in Pondicherry

Pondicherry strikes a chord with tourists due to several reasons, and one of those reasons are its incredible backwaters, which are known as Chunnambar. Located about 8 km from the main town of Pondicherry. Some of the notable gardens and backwaters of Puducherry include Puducherry Botanical Gardens, Bharathi Park, Keezhoor, and Chunnambar Backwater.

Other important tourist attractions in Puducherry:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Sri Aurobindo Ashram situated on the rue de la Marine. The main building in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram houses the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The ashram is popular not only in India but also in other countries because of the work put forth by the community towards the healing of humanity.

Auroville: Auroville is a universal city in the making in south-India dedicated to the ideal of human unity based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.

Arikamedu: Arikamedu: The only city with an archaeological record of Roman presence in India. Famous for manufacturing amazing bead jewelry, the glass beads site here was considered the “mother of all bead centers” in the world.

How to Reach Puducherry

By train: Villupuram Junction railway station, just 37 km away, is the closest railhead to Pondicherry.
By Bus: Connecting Pondicherry with other parts of the country by air is the Chennai International Airport. One of the busiest airports in the country, Chennai airport is about 150 km away from Pondicherry
By road: East Coast Road (ECR), Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST) and National Highway 32 are some of the major thoroughfares passing through the city.
By Air: Chennai International Airport (IATA: MAA, ICAO: VOMM)
Distance from Puducherry: 135 km


Toys and attractions tourism Information Centre

40, Goubert Avenue
Pondicherry 605 001, India
Tel: +91 413 2339497
Email: tourism.pon@nic.in   

Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC)

Address: WRHM+7WR, Beach Road, Goubert Ave, opp. Old Court, White Town, Puducherry, 605001
Phone: 0413 233 5371
Email: wowpondy@gmail.com   

Department of Tourism

Address: WRFH+5FR, Dr Ambedkar Rd, Uppalam, Colas Nagar, Puducherry, 605001
Phone: 0413 235 8570
Email: tourism.pon@nic.in, pondytourism@gmail.com

Tourism Information Centre

Address: 40, Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry 605 001, India
Phone: +91 413 2339497
Email: tourism.pon@nic.in

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