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Pondicherry Tourism

Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India and an erstwhile French colony. The serenity and calmness of the Pondicherry beaches, the spiritual mood of the Aurbindo Ashram, the fun and liveliness of the local fairs and festivals, all make Pondicherry a favorite tourist destination.
The town is known for its French culture and Pondicherry tourism is never complete without a visit to the French monuments and buildings. Pondicherry is the most opted getaway from both Bangalore and Chennai, both of which are three hours away. Pondicherry tourist places include destinations like Auroville, Aurbindo Ashram, the French heritage monuments, the various art galleries, the botanical garden and the exotic beaches.

Pondicherry tourism also includes visits to places of worship like Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple and the Kanniga Parameswari Temple, Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Meeran Mosque and Kuthba Mosque. The diversity of these places of worship makes Pondicherry a classic example of religious tolerance in India.

The four famous Pondicherry beaches include Paradise beach, Auroville beach, Promenade beach and Serenity beach. Promenade beach is by far the most famous one and has several landmarks such as War Memorial, the Heritage Town hall, the Statue of Joan of Arc, Joseph François Dupleix statue and the Old Light House. Paradise beach can be accessed only by a boat and the beauty of this place is doubled by the calm flowing creek on one side. Auroville beach is famous with swimmers, particular the amateurs because of its small waves and shallow waters.
The most famous of the Pondicherry tourist places is Auroville, an experimental township where men and women of all countries and creed live in progressive harmony. The lotus shaped urn placed at the entrance of Auroville contains soil from 124 countries which was resurrected to signify the universal oneness during the inaugural ceremony. The Peace area in Auroville contains Matrimandir with 12 gardens, the Amphitheatre and the Banyan tree – signifying three varied characteristics.

Le Café, French Consulate General, the Romain Rolland Library, Alliance Francaise are some of the heritage sites in Pondicherry while French Institute of the Far East, Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education and Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education are the other famous educational and research institutions.

Being a beach town, there are many beach resorts in Pondicherry. These Pondicherry resorts the best of the worlds with comfortable stay and other value-added services like spa and Ayurvedic treatments. The Dune Eco Beach Village, Nalla Eco Beach Resort, the Oasis, Ocean Spray resort, the Mango Hill, the Neem Tree and the Kailash Beach Resort are amongst the most famous Pondicherry resorts. Given the kind of facilities and services offered, the resorts charges are the higher end, though there are budget as well as other economical accommodation options in Pondicherry.

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