Pondicherry and Aurobindo Ghosh are inseparable. The famous nationalist leader, who turned mystic in later part of his life, made Pondicherry popular among the foreign tourists. The place is a must visit tour destination in the southern India. Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry is a hot tourist spot among ant Europeans who believe in the philosophies of Aurobindo. Apart from that, the place also offers blue water and crystal clear beaches.
Tour Attractions of Pondicherry
Auroville is a distinct place in itself. The not-to-be-missed tourism
spot that is just 12 Kilometers off to the downtown Pondicherry is a
model of perfect universal town. This is the place where people from
different nationalities, religions, creeds and beliefs can live in peace
and harmony. The construction of this 'universal town' was started in
1968 and is still under progress. Various countries have offered to
build permanent colonies that will reflect the culture and ethos of the
The French Heritage
This is the hermitage or ashram of Aurobindo Ghosh, a militant turned
mystic who made Pondicherry his home from till his death in 1950. His
vision and ideals continue to draw admirers and followers from all over
the world. The place is a must visit during Pondicherry tour.
Eglise de Sacred Coeur De Jesus
Eglise de Sacred is a catholic church that is noted for its Gothic
architecture and stained glass planes. This must visit Pondicherry tour
attraction has beautiful glass paintings that depict the entire life of
Serenity beach signifies its name. The place is just a 15-minutes drive
from the downtown Pondicherry. This splendid virgin beach is a must
during your tour of Pondicherry. The place is ideal for a quick dip, a
touch of the sun and a cool reprieve in the shades of coconut grooves.
Apart from being a splendid tourism site, Arikamedu has special
relevance in the chapters of history. The place acted as the garrison
and ford for the trade ship of Romans at a period as early as 2nd
century B.C. There are traces of early Roman settlement too. The major
import item was wine where as textiles formed the major chunk of
exports. This is a must visit tour spot for both researchers as well as
Statue of Dupleix
This is Pondicherry' s tribute to Francois Dupeix, a French Colonial
Governor, whose able governorship came to an end in 1754. The French
government commissioned this statue in the year 1870. The statue stands
2.9 meters above the pedestal and has been sculpted in traditional
French fashion. This tourism spot in Pondicherry is the best for
spending a quiet evening.
19th Century Light House
A beacon that kept burning on the Red Hills guided the early seafarers
to Pondicherry. The now-abandoned lighthouse standing on the edge of the
sea near was lighted for the first time on 1st July 1836. The light was
placed upon a masonry tower that stands 29 meters above sea level and
was visible up to a distance of 29 kilometers into the Bay of Bengal. In
1931, a revolving lantern replaced the fixed light. It was finally shut
down in the year 1979. Don't forget to take an after dinner walk near
this lighthouse during your tour to Pondicherry.
How to Reach Pondicherry
Chennai airport is 135 kms from Pondicherry and flights connect to
major cities in India and directly to destinations in Europe, Asia,
Middle East and the US. Other airlines fly to Mumbai and New Delhi and
have connecting domestic flights to Chennai.
Trains are available to Villupuram station that is in turn connected to
Chennai and Trivandrum. The trains to and from Pondicherry are very slow
and too are very few in number.
The best choice for getting to Pondicherry from Chennai and Bangalore
is by taxi or bus. Buses depart from Chennai on a regular basis and take
about four hours to reach Pondicherry.