PLACES TO VISIT IN PONDICHERRY

As a place that bridges the gap between spirituality and uber-cool, Pondicherry is a place like no other. With attractions like Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, Ousteri Wetland, Pondicherry Museum and some of the most solitary beaches in the region, it fits the bill perfectly. A tiny town that is best explored on foot or a bicycle, Pondicherry will have you fall for it with its hippie charm and perfect seaside settings. Other than its attractions, Pondicherry is a great place for cultural exchange and spiritual endeavours for it is home to a large number of expats, NGOs and volunteers from all across the world.

Places to visit in Pondicherry
Pondicherry tourism places to visit have an impressive range of ancient temples, churches, an experimental town, a number of museums, renowned spiritual centres and some gorgeous beaches. Places to visit in Pondicherry in one day must include a visit to Auroville, an experimental town spread over some 20 sq km. Also known as the City of Dawn, it aims at sustainable living through community living. People from all nationalities are welcome at Auroville for an experience of spiritual, universal and cash-free living. Aurobindo Ashram is the main spiritual hub of Pondicherry, attracting lakhs of visitors around the year. It came into being after Sri Aurobindo, a philosopher, yogi and poet, attained enlightenment and retired from public life with a group of his followers. It houses two shrines that have the remains of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner, Mirra Alfassa, also referred to as the Mother. These two prominent places also should be included in your plan of places to visit in Pondicherry in 2 days. Pondicherry Museum is one place history cannot give a miss. This place is home to bronze and stone sculptures from Pallava and Chola dynasties. Some fascinating remains from the very famous Vijayanagara temples too find a place here. 

Pondicherry beaches
Beaches in Pondicherry are the best places to visit in Pondicherry for couples. Located around 10 km away from Pondicherry, Serenity Beach is the right place to get your fill of the sun, sand and surf. While the picturesque beach is graced by white sand bordered by palm trees, the surrounding blue waters are a surfing hotspot. Tucked inside the township of Auroville is a beach which is the perfect spot for quiet introspection. A 30-minute-drive from Pondicherry, it has all the tranquillity in the world you can ask for. Promenade beach is known for its rock-lined seashore best for evening strolls. It is adjacent to the Goubert Avenue, the main historical promenade of the city, which is lined with beautiful colonial buildings. The best way to take in the views is by walking down the entire 1.5 km-long stretch, stopping to admire the statue of Marquis Dupleix situated at one end, the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the middle, as well as the First World War Memorial. 

Pondicherry's ancient architecture
An ancient Hindu shrine, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple has been in existence before the French colonised Pondicherry. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha and is highly revered. A 7.5 kg chariot plated in gold is a major highlight of this place, luring people from all around the region to its annual exhibition on the day of Dussehra. Intricate engravings and painting by some of the best artists adorn the walls of this temple. A number of efforts were made to destroy the temple during French regime, though it saw little harm. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in India. A revered pilgrimage spot, it is quite famous for its brilliant stained glass panels depicting incidents from Christ’s life. A century-old structure, it is house to 28 glass pictures of saints who were related to the church.

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