These are the major attractions in Pondicherry, places like The Matrimandir, Sri Aurobindo ashram and many other places. To find out more just read on.....
A few of the major attractions: Sri Aurobindo Ashram:
This place was founded by Sri Aurobindo, who in the early ages was a revolutionist and then turned poet. His was jointly helped by The Mother, who was a Paris born painter. The Ashram is a centre for the practice of integral yoga, meditation, and of inner development.
Place du Panthéon / Aayi mandapam and Bharti park:
This monument is the emblem of the Government of Pondicherry, previously called as La Place du Panthéon and later change into Aayi mandapam. This monument is surround by five parks, and is maintained to remind us the beauty of French architecture.
The Pondicherry Botanical Garden
The Botanical garden was created 1826 and was then called "The Colonial Park". The renowned botanist Perottet brought many rare species of plants, about 1500 of them, from places like Madras, Calcutta, Ceylon and Reunion.
Auroville visitor’s center Ph :2622239 Auroville was inaugurated on 28th Feb. where people from different nationalities. faiths and beliefs.
Pondicherry had been under the French which have built many splendid churches. Auroville was envisioned as a Universal Town. some which even have rare staingalss panels depicting saints and events form the life of Christ. and the Muslim square. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral. the Tamil square. educational. by clicking here
Heritage Walk around Pondicherry
It is very beautiful to take a walk around the Boulevards of Pondicherry .
Chunnambar water sport centre
. Auroville information centre and Matri Mandir [Meditation hall with world’s biggest man. and Kamatchiamman are the most famous. was first built in1692. can live in peace and harmony. and other pursuits in accordance with the Auroville Charter. and magnificent sunsets. It is an attempt to realize a new society as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It offers less to see and lots to experience. To view Auroville in actual photos please click here.made crystal ball are the places open to most of the visitors. Get the complete view of the beaches. 1968 with representation from 124 countries. It took its present shape in 1791. spiritual.There are bout 15 Temples out of which Mankula Vinayaka. Auroville also has a huge golden globe called Matrimandir. Nearly people from 35 countries are living here to realize on human unity and transformation of consciousness.
If you want to spend some peaceful time you can go to our beaches and get yourself tanned with a pleasant sun at Auro beach. Auroville welcomes people from all parts of the world to live together and explore cultural. which presents to you with three different kinds of architecture. in which there is a meditation chamber which the most unique of all meditation chambers you have ever visited. Sangamam beach. The white town or the French area. or Plage Paradiso (Chunnambar beach). Sri Vedapuriswar. scientific. and a place where you can get the experience of a life time. To get a visual please click here. on Cathedral Street. To visit our map of Pondicherry showing you the route please click here.
ashram. shell bangles. It contains rare and beautiful stained glass panels depicting saints and events from the life of Christ.C.
Arikamedu has a long history dating back to 2nd century B. During the season.6pm. on the Cathedral Street. It was used as a port for trade with the Romans and Greco-Romans. It is interesting to know their history and to visit their ashrams. ear studs etc are preserved. Now it is opened for the tourists for boat ride and to watch the birds. beads. were imported and the exports must have included textile. Wine. Many local people make it as a practice to visit such ashrams / temples like Siddanandha.
Ousteri Lake is one of the biggest lake and major supplier of drinking water in those days. Akka swami. It took its present shape in 1791.
Churches in Pondicherry
French missionary zeal in the 17th and 18th saw a number of imposing churches built here. But now we can see only the perpendicular walls and a mission house.
The Pondicherry Museum
(10. "Our Lady of Angels Church" is notable for its masonry and prayer mass are done in French.00 pm closed on Mondays and government holidays)
. Kambli. glass and shell bangles. Bade Shaeib. as the excavated trenches have been filled up. which makes this church quite unique. garum sauce and olive oil.
Ashrams in Pondicherry
Nearly 18 saints or siddhas were based in Pondicherry. The backwater and the lush greenery on both sides of Chunnambar provide an ideal setting. 8 km from Pondicherry. "The Sacred-Heart Church". "The Immaculate Conception Cathedral". this lake acts as dwelling place for many migrating birds. was first built in 1692. stands out as an oriental specimen of gothic splendour. situated on the south boulevard. all days) Ph: 2600816 / 2600194 Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the River Chunnambar. To know more about Arikamedu and its ancient culture you could visit the Pondicherry Museum where pottery. Yogi Ram Paradesi and many more. semiprecious gems.(9am.00 am to 5. beads.
Terra cotta. the circular shaped customs house and Gandhi Thidal.
Promenade . aromatics ics. Duplex.
Anglo French textiles(AFT)
AFT established in 1898 offer best cotton fabrics. For the whole list of places to go shopping please click here. a Chola and Vijayanagar days. providing glimpses of the art and culture of the people of this region during the pallava.The museum brings back memories of the glorious past of Pondicherry. handmade papers. from the days of the Greco-Roman era down to the present days.
Pondicherry is quite famous for highly creative and beautiful souvenirs. the 27m tall old lighthouse.5 km long promenade running along the beach is the pride of Pondicherry. wooden handicraft. Most of the landmarks are on the sea front: the statues of Mahatma Gandhi. leather products. the elegant War Memorial raised be the French. They have factory outlet open for public sale. linens and garments are unique here. Jeanne d'Arc. Artifacts from the excavations at Arikamedu are preserved here. the heritage building "Mairie".The Pondicherry Beach
The 1. Sunday market is ideal for buying cheaper products.