10 Things to Do in Pondicherry That You Shouldn't Miss

July 28, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Pondicherry’s bougainvilleas, crumbling cathedrals and leafy boulevards might occasionally make you wonder if you’re in the south of France instead of a former French colony. But it's also unmistakably Indian, with colorful festivals, the famous monument of Aayi Mandapam, and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Quiet beaches stretch north and south from town, good for swimming and sunrise strolls.
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1. Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Manakula Vinyanagar, Pondicherry, India +91 413 233 6544
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Reviewed By Sachin_IN

Temple of the cleanest temple i visited in last few years. Wall and Ceiling murals are excellent. Laxmi, the she elephant at the entrance needs some time off. Spare her some privacy.

2. Rock Beach

White Town, Pondicherry 605001, India +91 96000 17031
Excellent
45%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Rock Beach

Reviewed By surobhideb - Bengaluru, India

The rocky beach in Pondicherry is a long stretch of beach along the beach side road. The place is very eventful especially on weekends with a multitude of activities taking place. The scene changes from morning to evening. In the morning it is all about the health conscious morning walkers , the fish catching boats and the magnanimous sunrise. In the evening there are hawkers, families, exhibition and music. There is something for every age group to be excited about the Rocky beach.

3. Seaside Promenade

Pondicherry, India +91 88949 15059
Excellent
40%
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45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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4 based on 2 reviews

Seaside Promenade

Reviewed By David B - Australia

The Seaside Promenade parallels the mad-made rock shoreline. It is a pleasant escape from the city traffic and noise, but our experience was marred by the casual way the locals walk down to the rocks and throw their plastic bags filled with rubbish into the ocean. It may be India but it doesn't have to be that way!

4. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Mahatma Gandhi Road | Sacred Heart Square, Pondicherry 605001, India +91 413 222 8916
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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4.5 based on 745 reviews

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Reviewed By abhishekprasad2017

It’s a very huge and beautiful church. I like the architecture of the church, since it was Christmas so the decoration was there and it was awesome. Must visit place.

5. Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

Rue Dumas | White Town, Puducherry, Pondicherry 605001, India
Excellent
36%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
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4 based on 303 reviews

Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

Reviewed By ajc7506 - South Goa District, India

It is an old French Church built in memory of French soldiers. There are huge 3D pictures of the Stations of the Cross. The side altars too have huge statues. It will leave you in awe. There is a staircase by which people can go upstairs and hear mass from the first floor.
The place is peaceful, very clean and well maintained.

6. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Pondicherry 605001, India +91 413 233 2857
Excellent
34%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 148 reviews

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Reviewed By tanveerraval - Mumbai, India

Just a short, quick visit and nothing more. It is peaceful and located pretty much centrally. It will give you peace like any other place of worship.

7. Paradise Beach

Chinnayanpeth Main Road | 8 Km away from Town, Pondicherry 605013, India +91 96000 17031
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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4 based on 1 reviews

Paradise Beach

Reviewed By deep6168 - Silvassa, India

Nice place to visit in Puducherry. Its very peaceful, neat and clean with white sand. The surrounding developed nicely on the theme of Maldives or Mauritius. The only disadvantage of its location as the fare of ferry to reach there is quite costly so everyone cant go there..

8. Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Thiyagaraja Street, Pondicherry 605001, India
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Reviewed By pradeep_parhi - Ahmedabad, India

We had visited this temple on 2nd October 2017. It was 5 minutes walk from our hotel Shenbaga. We were at this temple in the evening time. At that time new flowers & garlands were being put on the deity and aarti was taking place. This is a Vishnu temple popularly known as Perumal in South India. Very nice temple. There was no crowd during this time. We stayed for around 15-20 minutes inside the temple and enjoyed the evening. Not to be missed during Pondy visit.

9. Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Rue de la Marine, India +91 413 223 3649
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 487 reviews

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Reviewed By abhik_fe - Kochi (Cochin), India

Going there feels like watch stops ticking. You need to maintain peace and quiet as nobody speaks there. Your actions speak. There is a small book Shop. You can purchase souvenir from there. Spend some time there you will forget the tensions of the world.

10. Serenity Beach

Pondicherry, India +91 88949 15059
Excellent
27%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 530 reviews

Serenity Beach

Reviewed By NVVSG

Serenity Beach in pondy is The Best Beach in Pondy with everything u need like food , drinks and accomodation for a short stay.live fisha and fresh catch were readily avalable in th sea front and feast for sea food lovers.

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