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October to March

Chennai International Airport
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Pondicherry Tourism

Imagine this, you’re sitting on the shore, enjoying the cool breeze as you watch the sun set. Now imagine this, you’re cycling your way through a city with brightly painted houses with bougainvillaea laden walls and clean roads with greenery around. Want more? Okay, think of the calmness that one gets when they escape the ruckus of the outside world and sit and meditate in a peaceful environment. Like it? Then Pondicherry is your one stop destination for a break from the noisy city life.

Situated in Pudducherry district of the union territory and surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. A former French colony, the city has retained all of its old-world French charms and thus the city comes close to giving you a very authentic feel of the French culture.

Of streets and road signs with French names, gothic churches and colonial buildings, tranquil backwaters and clean beaches, topped with authentic French cuisine, Pondicherry has all this to offer and more.

Things to do 

Witness Villianur Temple Car Festival

 

- Try Surfing at Serenity Beach

 

- Enjoy the Best Bird Watching Experience at Ousteri Lake

 

- Plunge in for Scuba Diving 

 

- Shop at: geetanjali store, La boutique d’ Auroville and  Saram China market.

 

- Relish Cycling by hiring cycles from 'My vintage Bicyclette'

 

 

 

 

 

Top things do in Pondicherry

1. French War Memorial

3 kilometres from city centre

2. Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple

6 kilometres from city centre

3. Paradise Beach

660 kilometres from city centre

4. Varadaraja Perumal Temple

3 kilometres from city centre

5. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

3 kilometres from city centre

6. Church of Our Lady of Angels

3 kilometres from city centre

7. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

2 kilometres from city centre

8. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

3 kilometres from city centre

9. Mahatma Gandhi Statue

3 kilometres from city centre

10. Pondicherry beach

3 kilometres from city centre

11. The Statue of Dupleix

3 kilometres from city centre

12. Ousteri Wetland and National Park

9 kilometres from city centre

13. Meeran Mosque

2 kilometres from city centre

14. Chunnambar Boat House

4 kilometres from city centre

15. Jawahar Toy Museum

3 kilometres from city centre

16. Pondicherry Museum

3 kilometres from city centre

How to reach

Pondicherry is easily accesible through air, rail, and road.

How to Reach by Flight

The nearest airport is Chennai International airport located almost 135 km away. The Chennai airport is well connected to all major cities across the country. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a private taxi to reach Pondicherry.

How to Reach by Train

Villupuram railhead is considered as the nearest railway station. It is well linked to Trichy, Madurai, Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. Two of the most popular trains are New Delhi Pondicherry Express and Nagarcoli Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi that will drive you to the city.

 

 
 

 

How to Reach by Bus

There are several buses that run frequently from Chennai, Thanjaur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Madurai to Pondicherry. Both private and state-owned buses are available.

How to Reach by Road

Pondicherry falls on the National Highway 45, which connects it to major cities of South India such as Chennai, which is about 150 kilometres away and Bangalore, which is 320 kilometres away. 

How to travel within

You can find a number of Taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws in cheaper prices to travel around Pondicherry.

Pondicherry Itinerary

DAY 1

- Start off with Sri Aurobindo Ashram 

- Next, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

- Continue with Immaculate Conception Cathedral

- Break for lunch

- Visit the French town of Auroville and see the Matri Mandir.

- End the first day with Paradise Beach and enjoy the sunset here.

 

DAY 2

- After breakfast, head towards French War Memorial

- Next, the Mahatma Gandhi Statue

- Continue with Meeran Mosque

- Break for lunch

- Spend the rest of the day at Ousteri Wetland and National Park

 

DAY 3

- Begin with Church of Our Lady of Angels

- Continue with Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple

- Next head to Jawahar Toy Museum

- Break for lunch 

- End your trip by visiting Chunnambar Boat House