Places To Visit In Auroville

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Here are the top 21 tourist attractions to see in Auroville:

1. Matrimandir

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Matrimandir, which is the Sanskrit word for 'Temple of The Mother', is the most important edifice of the Auroville township in Pondicherry. Located just in the middle of Auroville in a large open area known as 'Peace', Matrimandir is fondly known as the 'soul of the city' and holds crucial spiritual significance for those who practice Integral Yoga.

2. Marc's Cafe

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Marc's Cafe is another one of the popular cafes in Auroville. Besides an amazing ambiance and delicious food, the cafe is also a hotspot for discussions and debates where people come over and sit to have a conversation. You must definitely try their cold coffee as that is the best ranking dish on their menu.

3. Arka

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Arka is a wellness centre in Auroville where the visitors can avail the many wellness treatments and facilities like Ayurvedic massages, yoga massages, craniosacral therapy acupuncture, physiotherapy etc. You can also indulge in beauty parlor treatments like manicure, pedicure, facials etc. There are also workshops and seminars organized from time to time which all the visitors can attend.

4. Youth Centre

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from city center
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Youth Centre is situated behind the Town Hall and is a space where the youth can come together to relax, construct or build a working community. For example, you can help with the kitchen or gardening or any of the like. No one person is responsible for any activity.

5. Peace Tables

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from city center
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The Peace Tables were crafted by a master of woodwork George Nakashima as a symbol of peace and harmony for the humankind. There are a total of six Peace Tables made from the wood of 300-year-old Eastern Black Walnut Trees, one of which is kept in the Hall of Peace in Auroville since 1996. Meditations to inculcate the sense and importance of peace are conducted around this table on a weekly basis.

6. Auroville Beach

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Auroville Beach, also known as the Auro Beach is located in Pondicherry. It is a part of the Auroville Ashram and is situated about 10 kilometres away. The beach is about 12 kilometres away from Pondicherry and lies on the right-hand side of East Coast Road.

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7. Cinema Paradiso

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The Multimedia Centre (MMC) of Auroville, also known as Cinema Paradiso, is a 120 seat theatre in Auroville where films are screened on a regular basis, almost every night. Several times a year, thematic film festivals are held.

8. Adishakti Theatre

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Adishakti, also known as the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research is a performing arts company which also provides stay and accommodation facilities Located on the outskirts of Pondicherry, the theatre is known for its brilliant and evocative performances. If you are lucky, you might also be able to catch a live show running here.

9. Quiet Healing Centre

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Quiet Healing Centre, also known as Auroville's Health Spa offers a variety of services to its visitors including spas, massages, and other healing therapies which can help you relax and rejuvenate. Moreover, the centre is situated on the beach, has a perfect ambiance and helps you relax your mind like no place else.

10. Yoga and Meditation

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Yoga and Meditation are some of the many facilities and activities that you can take part in, when you are in Auroville. Centres like Quiet Healing Centre, Pitanga and Arka are open to all visitors where you can meditate and find peace. When you are in Auroville, you should definitely participate and have an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

11. Savitri Bhavan

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from city center
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Savitri Bhavan is a centre of spiritual education which functions on the vision and the teachings of Aurobindo and the mother. The core of this system is Aurobindo's mantric epic ÐSavitriÓ and was established to nurture and promote Aurobindo's vision, his work and his life. The Bhavan houses a Picture Gallery, a Digital Library & a reading room, a hostel for volunteers and conducts workshops, classes, orientations, guest lectures, retreats, etc.

12. Auroville Bakery and Boulangerie

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from city center
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Auroville Bakery and Boulangerie is one of the most popular bakeries in town and you should definitely check this out. All of their products are made from the local produce from the farms. Besides the delicious products, the cafe also has a wonderful seating outdoors amidst a gorgeous garden.

13. Kala Kendra

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from city center
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Kala Kendra is a famous hub for all art activities in the country and actively encourages artists to exhibit or demonstrate their art through shows, exhibitions and workshops. Artists_can stay with the community in Auroville and work with them to share and gain knowledge on the subject through their interactive programs._

14. Naturellement

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from city center
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Naturellement is an organic food and drinks manufacturer in Auroville which is also a garden cafe. You can enjoy delicious and perfectly healthy meals in this gorgeous quaint cafe without having to worry about your health. You can also purchase marmalades, jams and jellies etc from here to take back home.

15. Cycling

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Cycling on the winding roads across town is one of the best things to do in Auroville and also one of the popular ones as the town promotes sustainable living and pollution-free transport. You can explore the peaceful roads even at midnight. There are several options in the region where you can rent these bicycles for any period of time.

16. Tanto

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Tanto is a dainty cafe in Auroville popular for its super delicious, sumptuous pizzas. The pizzeria has been done up in an Italian decor and hosts a number of guests everyday. Besides, the chef's take special care of your health as all their food is made in extra virgin olive oil and everything is cooked in the oven. If you are a foodie, or even if you are not, you must definitely include visiting here in your bucket list of things to do in Auroville.

17. Botanical Garden, Auroville

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Botanical Garden at Auroville was established to celebrate and preserve the beauty and diversity of nature and nurture its relationship with the humankind. The 44-acre botanical garden is home to 250 different tree species divided into 15 beautiful gardens. The green zone offers a rejuvenating environment which can be explored by all. One can also purchase plants from the Garden Shop or volunteer to help maintain the beautiful botanical garden.

18. Cultural Pavilions

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from city center
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Cultural Pavilions provide a window to know and understand the ways of life of different cultures in the world. It has been designed to bring out the true spirit of each country and inculcate a sense of respect for their culture. Auroville represents about 50 nations and the pavilion groups organise cultural events representing their continents and expressing unity in diversity.

19. Bodhi Beach

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from city center
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Bodhi Beach is a serene beach apt for leisurely strolls along the golden shoreline, for a swim or for surfing in the beautiful Bay of Bengal. Its proximity to the main town make it a perfect spot to unwind and relax.

20. Guest Service

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If you are in Auroville, you can visit the Guest Service located above the Solar Kitchen and find out about the activities and volunteer work that you can engage in while you are in Auroville. This is not only the best way to get engaged but it also helps you relax and unwind from the monotony of life. Besides, no joy is greater than the joy of making friends, while you are helping build a better community at the same time.

21. Forests

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from city center
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Forests in and around Auroville are maintained by the Forest Group who are actively involved in restoring and protecting the biodiversity, conserving water, protecting the soil and educating locals on the environment. The forests expand over 70 acres of land that was neglected and left to erode till the group began restoration through sustainable energy to create a natural environment.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Auroville?

Day 1 - Reach Auroville by morning. Check out the Visitor's Centre. Explore the township and sample the delicious multicultural cuisine available.
Day 2 - Make sure you have permission to enter the Matrimandir ( bookings have to be made well in advance ) Devote this day fully to strolling through the gardens that lead to the Matrimandir and meditating in the serene settings.
Day 3 - Check out the shops and cafeteria that sells handmade products like incense, pastries , clothing ,accessories etc. Spend the evening at the Auroville beach.

What are the top hotels in Auroville?

There are 627 Hotels in Auroville which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Auroville are Traditional 1BHK Stay near Pondicherry City Centre, Serene 2BHK Dwell in Pondicherry City Centre, Standard 1BHK near Pondicherry City Centre, Hotel O M Residency, Compact Studio Home near Pondicherry City Centre, The Green Box TGB. You can see all the hotels in Auroville here

How can I commute within Auroville?

Auroville has a lot of options in terms of intra city commuting. Auroville is a chilled out place and is flocked by a lot of foreigners throughout the year. Keeping that in mind, a lot of options are available for renting vehicles on a daily basis. Two wheelers cost around 200-250 Rs per day, while four wheelers cost around 1000-1200 per day. The timings to hire vehicles are from 9am-9pm. This is quite certainly the most appropriate option given the fact that Auroville is a small town and it is not very difficult to get acquainted with its roadmap. Other options include share auto rickshaws that might cost you about 5 to 10 Rs per ride and buses that ply quite frequently in the town.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Auroville?

The top sightseeing places in Auroville are Matrimandir, Yoga and Meditation, Youth Centre, Auroville Beach, Adishakti Theatre, Quiet Healing Centre.

What are the top restaurants in Auroville?

The best places to eat in Auroville are Tanto Pizzeria, Auroville Bakery, Frites Corner, Ihasa Tibetan Restaurant, La Terrace, Naturellement Garden. You can see all the places to eat in Auroville here
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