Pondicherry is the largest city, in the list of union territory of India. It is also known as Puducherry. It was declared as the union territory of India, in 1962. All places to visit in Pondicherry are beautiful. There is the unique feature of this territory is that, it is having its own chief minister and legislature. There are many buildings, which shows that French people had ruled on this place. This is also the planned city of India and the planning of this city is done in the very nice manner. If you want to take the look in the colonial heritage, then it is the best place for that. The local people mainly called it as Pondy. The culture of Pondicherry, has some things, which are given by the French people. ‘Pondicherry tourism’ attracts many travelers. If you want to learn yoga and meditation then it is the best place for it. It is also called as the French city of the East. The beer in this city is less expensive, then bottle of cold drink.
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Promenade beach is one of the famous beach, of Pondicherry. It is the heaven on the earth. This beach is 1.2 km long. There are many things to see around this beach, like old lighthouse, Dupleix statue, John arc, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, etc. It is the best places to visit in Pondicherry, especially for those who like to spend their time in the calm place. This beach is away from the crowd of the city. If you want to know about Pondicherry or its history, there is the well-established tourist center. It is the best place to stay calm and take the full enjoyment of sun bath. Make your mind relax and fresh here.
On 24th November, 1926, Shri Aurobindo Ashram was established in Pondicherry. It is the best places to visit in Pondicherry, especially for spiritual tourist. The main idea behind this ashram is to tell about the enlightening of Shri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa. This ashram created, to tell about the ways of living life in a different manner, but with piece. In that ashram there is the small playground, bakery, guest house, dispensary etc. The timings of this ashram is 8am to 12pm noon and in the afternoon 2pm to 6pm.
Shri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The beautiful style of architecture is used, like Dravidian style of architecture and Chola architecture. This temple is the oldest temple of Pondicherry. The walls and the pillars are decorated with architecture of Gods and Goddesses. It is one of the famous places to visit in Pondicherry. Behind this temple there is another temple, which is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Auroville is the type of complex, which is covering the area of around 20 sq kms. Anybody visiting this place, should spend 1 week here, for the full enjoyment of the place. Auroville was founded in 1968, by shri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa. Inside it there are many activities which can be enjoyed there like taking food on the community dining hall, guest introduction, Savitri Bhavan, Matrimandir, libraries, etc. The designing and architecture of this place was done by Roger Anger. If you want to get the inner peace then it is the best places to visit in Pondicherry. It is also known as the city of Dawn. The main idea behind this temple is that, people should live with each other, without thinking of the cast.
Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus, is located on the south part of Pondicherry. Gothic style of architecture is used to make the interior of the church. It was established in 17th December, 1907. On the glasses of the windows, paintings of saints, who are dedicated towards Jesus, are made there. Inside the church there is the cave, which is dedicated to Lady of Lourdes. The height of the church is around 50 meters and by width it is 48 meters. But the recent look of the church was given in 2005.
French war memorial is located in Goubert Avenue. It was built in 1971. This is made for those brave soldiers who had given their life, in First World War. On 14th July, every year the tribute is given to those soldiers. The people who are coming for the ‘Pondicherry tourism’, should have to visit this place, they will get to know many things about the soldiers.
OUSTERI WETLAND AND NATIONAL PARK
Ousteri Wetland and National Park, is located at the distance of 10kms from Pondicherry. It mainly lies on the border of Pondicherry. This place covers the area of around 3.9 sq. kms. This park is the home of many unique flora and fauna. Many migratory birds, aquatic life, insects, some special trees and herbal plants can be seen there. It is the beautiful place who love to see flora and fauna. If you want to enjoy the house boats, then it is the best places to visit in Pondicherry.
Immaculate conception Cathedral, is also known as “Samba Kovil”. It was established in 1686, it is a very old church of Pondicherry. Mother Teresa has also visited this church. This church is made in the memory of St. Peter. It is the only church, which is surviving from the time of British. It is the ‘Pondicherry tourist place’, you should have to visit it. The church is of Capuchins.
Pondicherry museum is situated at Saint Louis Street. There you will get to see the various handicraft of Bronze and stone. It is the main part of Pondicherry tourism. In the museum many sculptures like Chola dynasty and Pallva, made of different metals. Many other collection of things which are from the time when French are ruling here, like lamps, paintings, handicraft, various types of dresses and many other things can be seen here. The people who want to know the history of Pondicherry, like how the French have ruled here, can gather the information, from this museum. If you want to gather information, then it is the best places to visit in Pondicherry.
Botanical Garden was established in 1862, by C.S. Perrotet. It is also made in the French style. There are many various types of plants. For the enjoyment of children, it is the good Pondicherry visiting places. There are many different types of fountains also. The garden is having is the aquarium and many unique types of herbs.