Puducherry is a small tourist town situated on the coast of Tamil Nadu. It is part of the Pondicherry district in the Indian union territory of Puducherry. This place is affectionately called Pondy, and is a favourite gateway for people who want a slice of the old French culture.
Some of the Famous Sights to See Here are:
1. Botanical Gardens
Puducherry is famous for its Botanical Gardens which has a collection of rare and exotic plants from all over the world. The aquarium has rare varieties of ornamental fish and visitors can get a glimpse of the coastal fishing methods of Puducherry.
2. French Institute
French Institute was established in 1955 and is a research center for Indian languages and culture. The scientific and technical section prepares vegetation maps, maps of soil types, geology and lithology of India.
3. The Promenade
The 1,500-metre promenade which is situated along the Goubert Avenue on the coast of Puducherry is a must-visit for tourists. The Gandhi Memorial, the French War memorial, a 29-meter light house and the pristine beaches are a must-visit site for all tourists.
4. Government Park
Visit the government park, which is located right across the road from Raj Niwas, the official residence of Lt. Governor of Puducherry. It has a park with flowers, lawn and fountains, one of which dates back to the period of Napoleon III.
5. Romain Rolland Library
Romain Rolland Library was founded in the year 1827 and it has a collection of over 30,000 volumes of French, English and Tamil periodicals, including some rare books.
6. Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a popular temple to visit for Hindus and pilgrims alike. It is situated on MV street. Every Friday, people gather here to seek their blessings for their new ventures.
6. Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus
This famous church is dedicated to Jesus Christ. One should visit this church for its Gothic structure and stained glass corridors and panels depicting the events of his life.
7. Museums and Art Galleries
One should visit the Museums and Art Galleries of Puducherry which showcases the places’ rich colonial past. They have some specimens of the Pallava and Chola art from the Pondicherry and Karaikal area.
The archaeological section has a collection of famous excavations from Arikamedu, such as Roman pottery, burial urns, etc. The French gallery is the most interesting part of the museum and provides a glimpse of an office room, drawing room, dining room and bed room with furniture typical of the French India.
Do visit the Archaeology, Geology, Bronze images, Arms, Handicrafts and Arts section here. Timings are : 9.40 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.20 p.m.The museum is closed on Mondays.
8. Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a well known and a must visit place for all tourists. It was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo, a patriot, and a philosopher.
People who want to embody and follow into his path visit this ashram. The activities of the Ashram include agriculture, industries, art and culture.
The samadhi, the final resting place of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, is always decorated with flowers and attracts a large number of devotees.
One can contact the ashram at this number:
Tel: 0413 2233649/650
9. Auroville City
Auroville city, also called the city of Dawn, is an experimental township located 8 kms north west of Puducherry.
This ashram was envisioned by Sri Aurobindo as a universal town where men and women of all nationalities and countries live in peace and progressive harmony, and search for a deeper meaning in life while undertaking social work.