Pondicherry or Puducherry, as it is known in vernacular, is situated on the south-east coast of Indian peninsula. Once a French colony, the place has been a natural abode for travelers from far and wide for its natural beauty and commercial significance. Aptly known as the sobriquet "The French Riviera of the East", Pondicherry and its surroundings can offer whole lot of attractions to a discerning traveller.
Visitors can explore places of importance in and around Pondicherry.
Built in Gothic style, The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a sacred place for the pilgrims. Large number of pilgrims throng to this church to offer prayers. Meeran Mosque is an embodiment of Pondicherry's secular society and is visited by people of all faiths and religion even today.
15 km long Serenity Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Pondicherry. The best part is that you enjoy a good swim here as the sea is more or less calm. The golden sand on the beach is also ideal for sporting activists including beach volley ball. The rustic village atmosphere of Serenity Beach is also an added attraction of this place. The Paradise Beach, Karaikal Beach and Mahe Beach are other famous beaches of Pondicherry.
Aayimandapam is abounding in history dating back to 16th century AD. When at Pondicherry, don't forget to check out the wonderful mansion Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion.
French War Memorial is another important destination for the lovers of history. Church of our Lady Immaculate Conception, Srimanakula Vinayakar Temple, Vedapureswarar Temple and Varadaraja Perumal Temple are here. The buildings in Pondicherry reflect the influence of the colonial past and the architecture of those times. Bharathi Memorial Museum, the Statue of Dupleix, Bharathidasan Museum, and the Statue of Joan of Arc are some places of interest.
If you are looking at some shopping on your way back from Pondicherry, you are in the right place. A paradise for shoppers, Pondicherry is famous for shopping the entire world over.
There are good number of hotels in the city. Hotel Annamalai International, the Ashok Beach Resort, Hotel Atithi, Lotus Comfort Hotel, The Dune, Anandha Inn, Kailash Beach Resort, Hotel Mass, The Sunway GRT Grand, Soorya Heritage Inn are some of the famous hotels in the city.
For a budget traveler, Devaki Elite, Devis Grand, Hotel Surguru, Ginger Pondicherry and Pondicherry Executive Inn are good options. There are many restaurants in Pondicherry that offer from traditional to international cuisines. For sea food lovers, the place is virtually a haven.
As you head back after a day of exploring Pondicherry, feast at any of the innumerable good, hygienic eating places where one can stop by and grab a bite. You can choose anything from south Indian, French, Chinese and Mediterranean options.