Puducherry

Situated on the Coremondel coast of Bay of Bengal, about 162 km away from Chennai lies the serene little town of Puducherry. With no hills or forests around this tranquil destination has much to offer for those who need a break from the busy lives of the city. The quiet beaches, colonial heritage buildings, beautiful sceneries, backwaters, French style tree lined boulevard and an amazing cuisine are some of the things that one can look forward to at this pristine destination.

Puducherry is a Union Territory of India and comprises of four coastal regions – Puducherry, Mahe, Yanam and Karaikal. While Puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, Mahe is on the western coast of Kerala and Yanam lies in Andhra Pradesh.

The place has a very distinct feel and vibration which is very native to Puducherry. There are many tales of spiritual sages and gurus who have visited this place and form a part of the history of this destination. While the town carries a distinct mix of spirituality, cosmopolitan flair, the French flavor is very much evident from the architecture, cuisine and the ambience as a whole.

Weather

The best time to visit the beautiful destination of Puducherry is from October to March. The weather is extremely pleasant and ideal for travel.

How to Reach

Puducherry is easily accessible by road from all major cities of South India like Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Madurai and a host of other cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

The nearest airport is the Chennai Airport which is connected by all the major cities of the country. Puducherry is about 160 km from Chennai.

The nearest rail head is Villupuram which is about 36 km away and is linked to cities like Chennai, Madurai, Trivandrum and many more.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

The quiet and spiritual beach town of Puducherry was once a French colony/settlement and has slowly emerged as one of the most sought after destinations in the country. The scenic destination resides about 160 km South of Tamil Nadu and offers a great combo of heritage and modernity. The French connection is very much visible from the great architecture, churches, gardens, monuments and even the roads. The place is extremely popular for its scenic backwaters; palm fringed beaches, mesmerizing fishing villages, beautiful churches, International city of Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the boulevard towns. It is an amazing place for day trips and weekend getaways.

Fondly addressed as ‘Pondy’, the place offers some beautiful and serene beaches for people looking for tranquility and relaxation. It also serves as a great base destination for exploring the beautiful destinations around in the state of Tamil Nadu like the imposing Gingee Fort, the holy temple towns of Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) and the cool lush hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal.

It is also a great shopping destination of the South. The place is popular for its traditional doll-making, textiles and silks. It also offers some great quality products in leather, pottery, aromatics, fashion and handmade paper.

Some places of interest in and around Puducherry are the Churches, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry Museum, Auroville Ashram, Anglo – French Textile mills, Promenade, Chunnambar Resort the French War Memorial, a 19th Century Light house, Romaine Rolland Library and the Ayi Mandapam . The place has the best collection of Cathedrals in the country.

Puducherry Museum: On the ground floor look especially for the Chola, Vijayanagar and Nayak bronzes, and the pieces of ancient Greek and Spanish pottery and amphorae (storage vessels) excavated from Arikamedu, a once-major trading port a few kilometers south of Pondicherry.

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