Timings : Beach closes at 6:30 PM
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. Auro Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry. It attracts a lot of tourists and locals. The beach stays true to its form and doesn't have a lot of establishments that provide food or snacks. The Ashram has maintained its serenity and ensured that it is not tampered or changed a lot due to human encroachment.
This is a public beach and closes at around 6:30 in the evening. The tides on the beach are generally low thereby making it a good place to swim. The beach has a lot of resorts and hotels on its shores, and you can enjoy the beach to its fullest by staying at one of these places. The accommodations available here range between Guesthouses, Auroville's accommodation, Resorts and Hotels. The famous lighthouses of Auroville can be viewed from the beach. The beach has a small fisherman colony on its shores. This colony makes a living off the beach and the resources it has to offer. The best time to visit the beach is during the sunrise and the evening, just before the beach closes. The sun at these times is delightful and perfect for photographs too.
The damage caused by the tsunami that hit the Pondicherry city in 2004 can still be seen at the beach. You can see the ruins of the damaged beach shacks and stalls that still lies untouched at the beach. There aren't many street vendors and beach shacks at the beach. Hence, it is a perfect place to spend some time in absolute peace.
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