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Auroville

Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township which is situated 8 km north-west of Pondicherry in East Coast Road. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Richard (also known as The Mother), the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo.Auroville was designed by the French architect Roger Anger.Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.During the inauguration ceremony of Auroville on 28 February 1968, soil from 124 countries was placed in a lotus-shaped urn and mixed to symbolize universal oneness.

Museums

Pondicherry Museum has a gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. The museum also has a collection of rare bronzes and stone sculptures from the Pallava and Chola dynasties and artifacts excavated from Arikamedu (an ancient port just 7 km from city that had trade links with the Roman empires).Pondicherry Museum located on Saint Louis street, is open on all days except Mondays and national holidays from 10 am to 5pm. On the ground floor, the major attraction is the central space with 3 curious transport mechanisms-a coach, a palanquin (sedan chair) and a pousse-pousse which required two attendants, one to steer and one to push. The bronze gallery displays the images of gods and goddesses together with a wide collection of temple lamps; used across different dynasties down centuries. Pre-Christian relics which we see here, such as remnants of Greek and Roman amphora jars, pieces from the Tsung periods in China and beads made from glass and precious stones were dug out from the Arikamedu site, 7kms south of Pondicherry.

church of Sacred Heart of Jesus

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus situated on the south boulevard of Pondicherry in Puducherry, India, is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church.In recent years it has become one of the famous pilgrimage spots for Christians.In the year 1895, the then Archbishop Mgr.Gandhi consecrated the Archdiocese of Pondicherry to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He wished to build a new church in devotion of Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is 7 km past Pondicherry, along the Cuddalore Main Road. Located at a point where the Chunnambar River backwaters meet the Bay of Bengal.Some beaches have man-made infrastructure, such as lifeguard posts, changing rooms, and showers. They may also have hospitality venues (such as resorts, camps, hotels, and restaurants) nearby. Wild beaches, also known as undeveloped or undiscovered beaches, are not developed in this manner. Wild beaches can be valued for their untouched beauty and preserved nature.

seaside promenade

Promenade Beach ("Pondicherry Beach") is the popular stretch of beachfront in the city of Puducherry, India, along the Bay of Bengal. Itis a 1.2-kilometre-long stretch in Pondicherry, starts from War Memorial and end at Dupleix Park on the Goubert Ave.pondicherry is a city, an urban agglomeration and a municipality in Pondicherry district in the Indian union territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately known as Pondy, and has been officially known by the alternative name Puducherry since 2006.

raj niwas

Raj Niwas (Hindi for Government Adobe) is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. It is located in Puducherry's capital city of Pondicherry.This white, attractive colonial building is fine example of Puducherry's French Heritage. It used to be former official residence of the French Governor when it was a French Territory. But now it is the office and residence of Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. It has beautifully maintained gardens and lovely flowers.

The French Heritage

Pondicherry traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the revered sage of the south. The excavations near Pondicherry reveal, that a Roman settlement existed here, 2000 years ago. It was also the site of many a battle between the British and the French, and was the capital of French India, before it attained its independence.This restored, attractive, former French colony, exudes a Mediterranean aura with its chic streets, elegant houses, ornamental gardens and the Hotel de Ville. Being a small and quiet enclave of Tamil Nadu, it has imbibed the Tamilian culture. Apart from the charming atmosphere, excellent restaurants and cheap beer, what attracts most travellers to Pondicherry is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot, Auroville, 10 km outside town. The ashram, founded by Sri Aurobindo in the year 1926, has brought international reputation to this coastal town. The ashram, the spiritual tenets of which combine yoga and modern science is quite popular within India and abroad.

Eglise de Sacred Coeur De Jesus

By far, one of the most popular man-made attractions in Pondicherry, Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus Church is worth visiting. Located close to the railway station, this religious edifice was built between 17th and 18th centuries. Its splendid Gothic architecture, complemented with two gorgeous spires, rose windows and deep red and dark green colours, is bound to amaze every onlooker at the very first glance. In the interiors, which flaunt a magnificent amalgamation of Indian and European styles, you will find walls graced with beautiful terracotta crafts and eye-catching stained glass paintings. Inside the church, there is a high altar, on the right side of which is a statue of Madonna draped in a bright blue nylon sari.

Serenity Beach

Serenity Beach Bazaar , Villupuram is one of the first things that comes to the mind of many people, while discussing Villupuram. It’s true that there are quite a few other interesting things to see and do too. However, like all other attractions, the Serenity Beach Bazaar in Villupuram also has its own brand of unique charm. In fact, countless visitors just can’t stop gushing about the place. In short, rest assure that a trip to Serenity Beach Bazaar Villupuram will leave you with a lifetime of fond memories.Pondicherry Beach is a popular beach, which is a perfect venue for enjoying the cool breeze and relaxing after a tiring day. This is a secluded beach which is surrounded by cafeterias, resorts, cottages and restaurants offering traditional cuisines. It is also an ideal place for sunbathing, playing beach volleyball and practicing yoga.

Arikamedu

Arikamedu, on the southeast coast of India just south of Pondicherry, is the most famous archaeological site in southern India. Discovered in the 1930s and quickly linked with Roman trade, it was excavated three times in the 1940s. The first excavation was an amateur French endeavor. R.E.M. Wheeler conducted the second and best-known campaign. J-.M. Casal conducted the third.For years, Wheeler was cited for his view that a sleepy Indian fishing village had been built up by Roman traders into a major port that flourished for a few centuries until the Romans left. The village then fell back into obscurity. Beginning around 1980 Vimala Begley of the University of Pennsylvania became interested in the ceramics of Arikamedu. The identification of Western wares and the problems associated with the "rouletted ware" at the site intrigued her. Simultaneously, my interest in Arikamedu began. Visiting the Pondicherry Museum convinced me that Arikamedu was an important beadmaking site, unique because of its production of both stone and glass beads.

19th Century Light House

When you go for sightseeing in Pondicherry, you will find an old lighthouse on Goubert Salai. This 19th Century Lighthouse in Pondicherry is a significant landmark in Pondicherry. Its unique architecture of a round tower has made it a modern lighthouse at the time it was built. There is an interesting story behind the construction of the 19th Century Lighthouse in Pondicherry. At that time there was no signal for the ships coming to Pondicherry. The only light that was there was the fire located on the top of the Red Hills, and it was not serving the purpose at all. Therefore, all the principal merchants and captains of the ships set up a committee and asked the government to build a lighthouse. After much delay the project was finally taken up during the tenure of Governor Saint Simon in 1835.

Le musee de Pondichery

Le musée de Pondichéry est abrité dans l'ancienne résidence d'un haut fonctionnaire français d'où une architecture qui vous semblera familière. C'est au XVIIe siècle que la ville de Pondichéry devient française lorsqu'un militaire de la Compagnie française des Indes orientales achète un petit village côtier au sultan de Bijapur. Le village devient Pondichéry, plateforme commerciale entre l'Asie et l'Europe de l'ouest. François Martin sera l'homme qui mettra Pondichéry sur la voie de la prospérité. La ville s'étend peu à peu et en 1726, s'y installe le siège des colons français en Inde. Mais les Britanniques voient d'un mauvais oeil ces français se développer sur leur nouveau territoire et des tensions se créent. En 1761, les Anglais s‘emparent de Pondichéry n'y laissant que des ruines. Seuls quelques monuments ont été épargnés. Les Français reviendront en Inde au XIXe siècle mais sans jamais réussir à développer le commerce florissant d'antan.

Le temple de Manakula Vinayagar

Manakula Vinayagar is a Hindu temple in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. Dedicated to the god Ganesa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry.[1] The temple is of considerable antiquity and predates French occupation of the territory. During the tenure of Dupleix, there were attempts to destroy the temple but the temple was finally spared owing to strong protests from the Hindu population and the threat of British and Maratha invasion of the territory. Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. According to mythology, Lord GANESHA is named in 16 types based on his various forms out which this god facing the east cost near Bay of Bengal it has been named as Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy, now called as Manakula Vinayagar. In Tamil 'Manal' means sand and 'Kulam' means pond near the sea, earlierly which was full of sand around pond. So the people called the god as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar [means God near the pond of sand]. Later it is named as MANAKULA VINAYAGAR.

Leglise Notre- Dame-des-Anges

L'église est de style gothique méridional à nef unique. Le dôme du clocher, si caractéristique, n'a été rajouté qu'en 1810, soit relativement récemment. Il faut dire que le clocher servait auparavant de fanal pour les marins désireux de rentrer au port. La nef est flanquée de chapelles et se termine par une abside semi-circulaire. Elle contient un très important mobilier : Retable de St Jean (1697), du maître-autel (1698-1702, voir ci-dessous), du Saint Sacrement (1700), du Précieux Sang (1708), de St Vincent (1714), de St Eloi (1716), de Ste Lucie (1719), de Notre Dame de Lourdes (1902) et du Rosaire (XXe siècle, avec des éléments de statuaire du XVIIIe). Elle possède également des panneaux primitifs du XVe. Elle a également un trésor, dit "Trésor de Collioure" : Deux croix processionnelles, des chandeliers, des ostensoir, un ciboire, deux encensoirs, deux burettes, des plats de quête du XVIe siècle, des reliquaires, quatre bourdons du XVIIe et des ornements du XVIIe siècle également.

Leglise du sacre-coeur-de-Jesus

By far, one of the most popular man-made attractions in Pondicherry, Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus Church is worth visiting. Located close to the railway station, this religious edifice was built between 17th and 18th centuries. Its splendid Gothic architecture, complemented with two gorgeous spires, rose windows and deep red and dark green colours, is bound to amaze every onlooker at the very first glance. In the interiors, which flaunt a magnificent amalgamation of Indian and European styles, you will find walls graced with beautiful terracotta crafts and eye-catching stained glass paintings. Inside the church, there is a high altar, on the right side of which is a statue of Madonna draped in a bright blue nylon sari.

Big Market

Another popular place to shop in Pondicherry, Mission Street is lined with many charming shops and boutiques. There are also many cafes and restaurants in the area. Apart from shopping, Mission Street is a good place to walk around and admire old French architecture in the city.Pondicherry has small boutiques, local markets, and Ashram shops. Many are located on Nehru Street and Mahatma Gandhi Road. Specialty products include homemade paper and paper mache products (especially dolls), arts & crafts/handicrafts, terracotta/fine pottery.