12 Reasons Why Pondicherry Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Step into Pondicherry and you’ll wonder if you’re in India or France. The architecture is French, the road signs are in French (along with English and Tamil), a lot of people speak fluent French.

You can see everything there is to see in Pondicherry in one day. But if you have more time, you can just relax, slow down and find meaning and purpose in the simple things in life.

Here are 12 reasons why Pondicherry should be your next travel destination:

1) Beaches

PondicherryOne of the best things about Pondicherry is the beaches. There are 4 main beaches: Promenade beach, Paradise beach, Auroville beach and Serenity beach.

2) Cuisine

CusineThere is a lot of seafood that can be enjoyed in Pondicherry and, being in the south, the traditional South Indian fare of idli-dosa is available too. And thanks to the French influence, good steak and wine are served in most restaurants.

3) Old Lighthouse

Light HouseThe lighthouse was constructed in 1836, this is one of Pondicherry’s most famous landmarks.

4) Pondicherry Museum

MusemAt various points in time, Pondicherry was under the control of the French, the British and the Dutch. The Pondicherry museum houses various relics and artefacts from those periods

5) Chunnambar Boat House

Boat HouseWhy just sit on the beach when you can go into the sea!

6) Ousteri

OuteriAlso called Osudu Lake, Ousteri is a lake just a few kilometres away from Pondicherry. The lake is a heaven for birdwatchers as several migratory birds flock to Ousteri during season.

7) Scuba Diving

Suba DivingFebruary-April and September-November are the best months for scuba diving in Pondicherry.

8) Aurobindo Ashram

Aurobindo AshramThis place is now visited by thousands of spiritual seekers from all over the world. Aurobindo ashram gives a lot of importance to yoga as it helps in transforming body and mind.

9) Churches

Pondicherry ChurchesThere are 32 churches in Pondicherry. Their beauty lies in the French architecture.

10) French War Memorial

French War MemorialIt is a simple construction of four pillars erected in memory of all the French soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

11) Gandhi Statue

Pondicherry Gandhi StatueLocated on the Promenade, the statue is surrounded by 8 monolithic granite pillars from the 17th century. The entire monument is very striking.

12) Arikamedu

Pondicherry ArikameduSeveral artefacts from Ancient Rome, including sculptures, glassware, lamps and gems, have been discovered in Arikamedu, supporting the belief that it used to be a port for trading between Rome and Tamil Nadu.

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