Pondicherry is one of the chief tourist destinations of South India. It is called the Europe of India. It was a French Colony till 1954, and it has many colonial buildings, churches, statues and systematic town planning by the French. Pondicherry is one of the most beautiful places to visit, today we present to you the top 10 places to visit in Pondicherry.
Auroville, located 8 kilometers from Pondicherry. The idea behind creating this Auroville was to create a universal town where people from all over the world would live in harmony and peace irrespective of caste, color, nationalities..
2. Ousteri Wetland and National Park
Located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the town of Pondicherry. The various birds and aquatic species found here make it a people’s paradise to visit.
3. Sri Aurobindo Ashram
This is a spiritual community established at Pondicherry by Sri Aurobindo Ghosh on November 24th 1926. This ashram is one of the prime destinations for tourists and spiritual seekers. The visiting hours are from 8 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral
The 300 year old church was built on the place where three other churches were built before the French occupation of Pondicherry. It is also known by the locals as ‘Samba Kovil’.
5. Promenade Beach
This is one of the major beaches in Pondicherry. Here we have statues of Joan of Arc, the Heritage town hall, Dupleix statue, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the old lighthouse etc.
6. Botanical Garden
Located south of the new bus stand in Pondicherry, the botanical garden was founded in 1826. The place features many different species of exotic plants and shrubs from all around the world.
7. Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus was located on south boulevard. The building has gothic style architecture. The windows contain stained glass paintings of 28 saints who were devoted to the sacred heart of Jesus.
8. Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple
This is located on M.G. road, and it is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Pondicherry. The temple is dedicated to Sri Varadaraja Perumal, an incarnation of lord Vishnu.
9. Pondicherry Museum
This is located in Bharathi Park in the center of the town.