Pondicherry is a charming little town full of history, spirituality, French heritage, beautiful beaches, calm and well planned white town street capes, handicrafts and unique life style. Pondicherry is divided into quiet and tranquil white town and active Indian town wherein the architecture and streetcapes completely differs.
It is believed that Vedhapuri - the old name of Pondicherry was the seat for the great sage Agasthya. Later this fishing village turned out as one of the major port of trade during the Greco- Roman period, the excavations at Arikenmedu makes a proof of this.
The Dutch, Portuguese, Danes, English and French influenced Pondicherry. But it was the French who had control over 280 years.
Pondicherry and Auroville are exposed to multi-cultural activities and may be this is one of the places where travellers can get exposed to so many languages, cultures and societies within a small area. Pondicherry offers much more to be experienced rather than just glancing through. It has a perfect blend of the West and India, which makes Pondicherry very special among the Indian and foreign tourists.
Founded by Sri Aurobindo and Mother, the Ashram is a spiritual centre for the practice of integral Yoga as developed by the Master and the Mother.
There are about 150 temples in the main town area. Of these, Manakula Vinayagar temples, Sri Vedhapureeswarar temple, Kamatchiamman
French missionary zeal in the 17th and 18th centuries saw a number of imposing churches built here. The sacred-Heart Church, situated
Auroville was inaugurated on 28th February 1968 with representation from 124 countries. Auroville was envisioned as a Universal Town,
Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the River Chunnambar, 8 Kms from Pondicherry. The backwater
Arikamedu has a long history dating back to the 2nd century B.C. It was used as a port for trade with the Greco-Romans. Wine, garum sauce
Pondicherry is famous for highly creative and beautiful souvenirs, Terracotta, handmade papers, wooden handicrafts, aromatics, leather
The French War Memorial on Goubert Avenue is solemn remainder of those brave soldiers who laid down their lives, for their country
The Botanical Garden is located south of the New Bus Stand. The gate leading to the garden is reminiscent of French architecture and Gardens for