Puducherry previously called Pondicherry and commonly known to as ‘Pondy’. The capital of the Union Territory of Puducherry, Pondicherry is a former French colony and is now among the chief tourist destinations of South India. This coastal town was a French colony till 1954 and some people here still speak French and English with French accents. Pondicherry is often called the Europe of India because of its town planning. This city has a number of tourist destinations and contains an interesting mix of Indian and French colonial heritage as well. The distance between Chennai to Pondicherry is 155 Kms, which takes 3 Hrs to reach. Chennai to Pondicherry Cab Service cab service will be an ideal option to enjoy the mesmerizing views along the way and to spend quality time with your family and friends.
Places to visit in Pondicherry:
This coastal town was a French colony till 1954 and some people here still speak French and English with French accents. Seafront stroll, Wide highways, French building, places of religious significance and stunning beaches make Pondicherry a stop worthy of being visited.
Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach is frequently visited by beach lovers from all corners of the country. Paradise Beach is known as the Plage Paradiso, Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. Adorned with the golden sand, this famous and highly sought after beach is always swaying with cold sea breeze.
Seaside Promenade: Promenade is one of the liveliest area in Pondicherry. Promenade beach is one of the main beaches in Puducherry. If you need a calm and quaint place perfect for an evening stroll, this is a place you want to be at. The beach is a recommended visit which is devoid of the hustle of the city streets.
Auroville: The name means ‘the city of Dawn’, founded in 1968. This place is located 8 kilometers from Pondicherry. It was founded in 1968 by Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa and was designed by the French architect Roger Anger. It is a Universal town where men and women of any country can live together to progress harmony and realize human unity.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral: The Immaculate Conception Cathedral as we see today was built on the place where three other churches were built before the French occupation of Pondicherry. Consecrated in 1791, the 300 year old church is the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Situated at a distance of 5 kms from Pondicherry, spiritual community established at Pondicherry by Sri Aurobindo Ghosh on November 24th 1926. The chief aims and ideals of the ashrams are based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa.
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple: Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, situated behind the Raj Niwas, the sanctum is enshrined with a grand idol of Vinayaka called Vellakkaran Pillai.
Gingee Fort: This is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. This Fort is declared as a National Monument in 1921.It was constructed mainly in the 16th century by the Vijayanagars.
Raj Niwas: Built in the 18th century, the structure flaunts a colonial style of architecture. Raj Niwas, located at Nehru Park, is also known as Le Palais du Gouverneur, which means the governors palace. The Government House (Raj Nivas) is a harmonious blend of French and Indian style architecture.
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