Pondicherry, with the Union Territory and city bearing the same name, is amongst the most visited tourist attractions in the southern part of the country. This coastal town was once a French settlement until 1954 when the British overtook them. The city still holds numerous provincial structures, places of worship, statues and is arranged in an orderly manner. Pondicherry is thus often called the Europe of India. Well connected to other states and cities, you can easily find a Bangalore to Pondicherry flight to reach the destination, the latter being the nearest big city. Let’s take a look at some of the most visited tourist attractions in the city of Pondicherry.
Auroville – A beautiful ashram established by a devotee of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh, Mira Alfassa, in 1926, the Aurobindo Ashram has successfully built its own league of followers. The ashram is considered to be one of the prime destinations for vacationers and profound seekers and it runs on the principle teaching of its patron saint, Sri Aurobindo. The ashram campus consists of few workplaces, library, play area, nursing home, printing press, ranches, visitor houses, canteen and so forth. The major highlight of the ashram is the large amphitheatre, which you can sit for countless hours and enjoy the view of the burning pyre. The name Auroville actually means ‘The City of Dawn’, and is located at a distance of about 8 kilometers from the main city.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral – Built in 1791, this 300 years old church serves as the head office for the Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore. The spot where the Immaculate Conception Cathedral stands today was the spot where three separate churches stood together before the French took the control of the city. The three were dissolved into one, when the development of a new church started in 1791. The majority of area open for the people today was made available after a series of serious renovation work in the 1980s. The church is referred as ‘Samba Kovil’ by the locals and even Mother Teresa once visited this ancient church.
Promenade Beach – About 1.5 km in length, the Promenade beach is one of the major beaches and tourist spots in Puducherry. A walk along the beach offers a beautiful view of the serene surroundings. The palm fringed beach takes you across different landmarks and statues including the statue of Joan of Arc, Dupleix, Mahatma Gandhi, the Heritage town hall and the old lighthouse. For those looking for a tranquil atmosphere, you can enjoy a night stroll at the beach enjoying the soothing breeze. If you want to get away from the noise of the city, this beach is the perfect place to go.
Apart from these famous spots in the union territory, Pondicherry tourism will take you across some of the best places never heard of.