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Puducherry

TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City
A beautiful blend of modern heritage and spiritual culture, this ocean of serenity exudes a charm like none other. Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, has a slice of France and South India, Pondy, as it’s fondly referred to, boasts of a palm-fringed coastline, backwaters, beaches, beach resorts, fishing villages, and of course the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Stroll through the shady cobbled streets dotted with French colonial-era houses feeling the tranquillity and marvelling at the architecture. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the place to be for a feeling of being one with the Almighty as you meditate. The Seaside Promenade and the spectacular beaches simply take your breath away. The famous township of Auroville is a nice global community where you can indulge in cultural activities, workshops and more. With a feel of Europe and India merging seamlessly in this enchanting town, this perfect holiday destination is a pleasure to explore.
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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Visit this retreat to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. It is a place of meditation where being merely physically present in its serene surroundings creates an aura of peace. Visit the ashram to experience calmness of mind amidst a tree-shaded courtyard. Pay tribute to the great spiritual seeker, Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, his spiritual collaborator, affectionately known as 'the Mother', whose flower-coloured tombs are housed inside a beautiful white marble shrine. Do visit the art gallery, ‘The Studio’, which exhibits paintings and photographs, and the impressive Ashram Library.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Seaside Promenade

Seaside Promenade

Be it day or night, the Seaside Promenade in the centre of the town's ancient ‘French Quarter’ engulfs visitors in its breathtaking beauty, leaving one unaware of time or space. Stroll down this charming promenade with a touch of French influence. Visit important landmarks including the French War Memorial, Town Hall and Old Lighthouse. It is also dotted with statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Dupleix and Joan of Arc. Dine in one of the many restaurants offering scrumptious meals. Le Cafe and Lighthouse at The Promenade are the popular restaurants here.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Auroville

Auroville

This unique township spread over 20 sq km dotted with more than 100 small settlements is occupied by about 2,300 residents of 43 nationalities. It is a global community of people who believe in peace and harmony. Feel the tranquillity resonating in this place on a half day, full day or a weeklong stay. Start from the visitor centre offering you enough information to plan your visit here. The glitzy, spherical shrine— Matrimandir, is sure to leave you engulfed in peace. If you are planning a longer stay, engage in volunteer work, a workshop, cultural activities, and more.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Beaches

Beaches

Puducherry being located along the eastern side of Tamil Nadu’s countryside is blessed with some spectacular beaches. Although there are many, the beaches that you definitely must visit are the Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach. Enjoy a swim or get a suntan at Paradise Beach—a tropical paradise. One can even book a cruise near Paradise Beach to enjoy some dolphin-spotting. The 1.5 km long Serenity Beach is an ideal place to swim or simply sit by the rocks and to see the sun set into the horizon. Other noteworthy ones are Mahe Beach, Auroville Beach and Promenade Beach.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Ancient, beautiful and serene are the most apt words to describe the Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple that was built before 1666. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the most remarkable feature of this temple is the large Golden Chariot made using 7.5 kg gold. The beautiful motif engraved on the chariot is noteworthy. The different postures of Lord Ganesha embossed in gold plate inside the chariot are a sight to behold. Look closely at the walls of this religious shrine that are adorned with delicate hand paintings illustrating important stories from Hindu mythology.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Admire the beauty of this 100 year-old historical church built in Gothic style. The inside of the church is as beautiful as the outside. The church is beautifully decorated and is radiant thanks to the lovely chandeliers and flood lights that adorn it. Stumble upon unique glass panels representing the significant episodes of Jesus Christ's life and the saints of the Catholic Church. This is a beautiful church, every traveller must visit it.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Our Lady of Angels Church

Our Lady of Angels Church

Also called Eglise de notre Dame des Anges, this marshmallow pink church is known for its brilliant masonry. Take a picture of this imposing structure adorned with a statue of Our Lady holding the cute infant Jesus in her arms. Appreciate the architectural beauty of this church which is a close imitation to the impressive Basilica at Lourdes in Southern France. Marvel at the amazing structure where the foundations, rising walls, vaults, and arches are built in brickwork with lime mortar and sand.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Gastronomical Delights

Gastronomical Delights

Nurture the foodie in you by indulging in an amazing variety of food Puducherry offers thanks to its multi-cultural character. Try the freshly baked croissants, baguettes, pizzas, quiches, tarts, pies, and rolls for breakfast at the Auroville Bakery. If you fancy a crepe, head to Café des Arts that provides a wide range of soft and mouth-melting crepes. If you are craving for an Italian Pizza, consider Tanto Pizzeria or Café Xtasi; for the best South Indian delicacies try Surguru. The continental food offered in many restaurants here such as Satsanga (restaurant) is to die for.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Chunnambar Boat House

Chunnambar Boat House

The Chunnambar Boat House is a place to unwind and be close to nature. At a distance of 8 km from Pondicherry city and close to Paradise Beach, this tropical paradise provides a range of activities to engage in such as boating, backwater boat tours, trekking, and picnic amidst coconut groves and a dazzling blue sea. Indulge in some water sports activities or take a cruise to spot the friendly dolphins as well as other marine life such as turtles, crabs and water birds.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Puducherry Museum

Puducherry Museum

Witness Puducherry’s rich heritage at the Puducherry Museum that showcases an expansive collection of exhibits related to art, history and culture. Take your time to explore this large museum made of nine sections or galleries. Marvel at the amazing display of furniture from the French colonial era, an exquisite bronze collection depicting images of Indian gods, pieces of Greek and Spanish pottery wares, and a lot more. Do check out the 18th century printing press, old military weapons and archaeological finds from the Arikamedu Roman settlement as well as the brilliant sculpture gallery.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Go back in time as you stumble upon the white and yellow Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1791. Also known as ‘Samba Kovli’, the church is also one of the oldest ones and topmost attractions in the city. It is the cathedral mother church for the Roman Catholics of Puducherry and Cuddalore. Admire the architectural beauty of this typical Jesuit edifice. Spend some time inside, where a calm and peaceful atmosphere prevails. Marvel at the beautiful altar and stained-glass paintings.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Shopping

Shopping

Wear comfortable shoes and set out to indulge in some retail therapy. Start your shopping spree at Mission Street where you have the famous store, Kalki. Shop for non-leather footwear, hand-painted silk clothing, aromatic candles, and much more at Kalki. Next, stop at Casablanca, home to international brands. Barge into a Hidesign store to get the best price for leather bags. Treat yourself with a luxury brand apparel or accessory at jaw-dropping prices at the Titanic Factory Outlet. La Boutique d'Auroville on Jawaharlal Nehru Street offers solace to a shopper’s soul with beautiful pottery, handmade paper items and surprisingly low-priced leather items.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, whose 5 ft idol housed inside the shrine is believed to have been dug out of the earth. Feel the religious zeal of the devotees of Lord Vishnu on your visit to this temple. It is a special place of worship where infants are given their first morsel of rice so that the child is bestowed with Lord Vishnu’s blessings. Marvel at the Gopuram adorned with vibrant colours and painstakingly carved pillars that enhance the beauty of this Dravidian-style architectural splendour.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Bharathi Park

Bharathi Park

Bharathi Park or Government Park is a vast green expanse in the heart of this French town. Take a pleasant walk or sit on one of the granite benches enjoying nature’s beauty while the kids play in the pond. Families can also consider this place as a good picnic spot. Admire the impressive Greco-Roman architecture of the Aayi Mandapam or the Park Monument surrounded by well-marked paths which are dotted with statues. The entire park is fringed by stately buildings including the Government Hospital, Pondicherry Private Club, the Legislative Assembly and Lt Governor's Palace.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

With magnificent coral reefs and an abundant variety of tropical fish, the seabed of Puducherry is a diver’s paradise. Take the services of Temple Adventures (tour operator) for a fun and enriching deep diving experience. The amateur divers can consider enrolling for one of the basic courses and enjoy the pleasures of this exciting water sport. The tour operator can assist you to take photographs of yourself while engaging in the activity. So, put on your costume and get ready to witness the colourful underwater world of the Bay of Bengal.

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TraveLibro India Puducherry Featured City International Yoga Festival

International Yoga Festival

Witness the passion and enthusiasm displayed by yoga aficionados from across the globe during the International Yoga Festival celebrated from January 4 to 7 every year. Try performing a range of ‘asanas’ and meditation techniques here. Also, participate in various workshops, demonstrations and competitions during this event. Learn about the harmonious union of the body and mind in Puducherry, a town known for its dee-rooted spiritual culture. Be mesmerised by this centuries-old practice, which is not just an art, but a way of being. Register online on the official Puducherry Tourism website if you wish to see this event.

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