Here are the top 43 tourist attractions to see in Pondicherry:

1. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

4.4 /5

4 km
from city center
1 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Also known as the Plage Paradiso, Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. Adorned with the golden sand, this famous and highly sought after beach is always swaying with cold sea breeze.

2. Aurobindo Ashram

3.8 /5 View 6+ photos

3 km
from city center
2 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community or ashram located in Pondicherry, is the outcome of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910. On 24 November 1926, after a major spiritual realization, Sri Aurobindo withdrew from public view in order to continue his spiritual work. At this time he handed over the full responsibility for the inner and outer lives of the spiritual aspirants and the ashram to his spiritual collaborator, the Mother earlier known as Mirra Alfassa. This date is therefore generally known as the founding-day of the ashram.

3. Seaside Promenade

3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
3 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

One of the things that does justice to Pondicherry's French Roots is its beautiful Seaside Promenade. The area is well maintained, clean and beautiful and you can actually feel foam spray on your face while sipping a cooler in one of the many cafes at the promenade. Whether you're visiting during the sunny day or the starry night, the Seaside Promenade is equally feel good.

4. Promenade Beach

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12 km
from city center
4 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Pondicherry beach is a different kind of beach with less sand and more rocks. It offers a very peaceful place to its tourists and visitors to sit and enjoy the waves.

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5. Serenity Beach

7 km
from city center
5 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Located at a distance of 10 kms, on the outskirts on Puducherry in Kottakuppam, Serenity Beach gets its name from the Spa-Resort-Inn located at the spot with the same name. Originally, the beach was called Thanthirayan Kuppam Beach or plain Kottakuppam Beach.

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places to visit in Pondicherry

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7. Auroville

7 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Auroville is one of those towns which appear to come to life right out of fiction. In the union territory of Pondicherry, this township runs on the principles of peace, harmony, sustainable living and 'divine consciousness' which was the philosophy of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Society, Mirra Alfassa. This universal township was inaugurated on 28 February 1968 with the agenda that it will be a place with people willing enough to make this a hub of uninterrupted education and progress, regardless of their caste, creed, nationality or race. Called the city of dawn, this place is the epitome of tranquility and proves as the perfect escape for the ones in search of peace.

8. Auroville Beach

9 km
from city center
8 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

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.

9. Cycling in Pondicherry

9 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

One of the most exciting and picturesque things to do in Pondicherry is to tour the beautiful territory on traditional vintage bicycles. You can also go for guided tours around the stunning French Quarters, charming mustard streets, colonial villas and vibrant Tamil settlements. Besides a very picturesque view of the lovely alleys and narrow lanes, you can also marvel at the gorgeous architecture of the French colonial settlements.

10. Arikamedu

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2 km
from city center
10 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Arikamedu are the ruins which carried the remnants of the Roman trade in India. Recent excavations have brought out wine jars and ancient roman coins hinting on the Roman links in the ancient history of Pondicherry.

11. Chunnambar Boat House

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
11 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Chunambar is a quaint little hamlet located along Cuddalore Main Road, around 8 km from Pondicherry. This serene town is visited by tourists for its beach, which is know as Paradise Beach, situated near the mouth of the backwater. With pristine sand and crystallized water, it is a perfect place for one to spend a day out playing water sports and bathing in the sun. A short cruise is also organized for the visitors which gives them a fantastic overall view of the serene beauty of the waters. One can also spot dolphins playing around in the water making it a must-visit for the nature lovers.

12. Scuba Diving in Pondicherry

3.5 /5

2 km
from city center
12 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Packed with enchanting marine life, Pondicherry offers an amazing adventure of scuba diving off the country's East Coast.

13. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Must visit 3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
13 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

This Gothic style building is a highly revered place of worship in Pondicherry. Visitors comprising of both tourists as well as devotees, who are staunch believers, visit to offer their prayers to the All Mighty here.

14. Water Sports in Pondicherry

Must visit 4.0 /5

4 km
from city center
14 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

With a unique, peaceful coastal beauty to it, Pondicherry is quickly becoming every beach lovers' favourite hideout. A number of water sports options along its white sandy beaches are another reason for travellers to love Pondy, as it is lovingly known.

15. Botanical Garden, Pondicherry

3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
15 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

A popular tourist attraction of Pondicherry, Botanical Garden was established by C.S. Perrotet in the year 1862. The garden is home to several exotic varieties of rare plants as well as an aquarium.

16. Pondicherry Lighthouse

16 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

The Lighthouse is one of the remarkable landmarks in Pondicherry. The French Riviera of the East, Pondy has two lighthouses, an old one and the new one. Where the former has been closed for public appearance the latter serves as the spot for giving its visitors the most amazing bird's eye view of the city. 

17. Raj Niwas

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
17 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Previously known as Palais du Government, Raj Niwas is an eighteenth century building presently serving as the residence of Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry.

18. French War Memorial

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
18 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

French War Memorial is a stylish structure located in the Goubert Avenue and is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

19. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
19 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is said to have been established almost 5 centuries ago. Situated behind the Raj Niwas, the sanctum is enshrined with a grand idol of Vinayaka called Vellakkaran Pillai.

20. Jawahar Toy Museum

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
20 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

An ideal place for kids, Jawahar Toy Museum is a well maintained place situated at the old light house building near Gandhi Maidan. The museum houses a wide range of dolls and toys collected from all over the country.

21. Pondicherry Museum

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
21 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Located in the Bharathi Park, Pondicherry Museum houses a fantastic collection of sculptures. It has the remains of the archeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement.

22. Veerampattinam Beach

3 km
from city center
22 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Located on the outskirts of Pondicherry in the largest coastal village called Veerampattinam, Veerampattinam Beach has an extensive coastline and is counted among the most beautiful beaches of the tinsel town. Since the beach is little known, tourist inflow is minimum and the beach boasts of golden sands and pollution free environs.

23. Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple

3.2 /5

6 km
from city center
23 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Situated 11 km from the Pondicherry in small town of Villianur, Gokilambal Thirukameswarar Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, one can clearly witness the French influence over the temple through their varied traditions.

24. Chidambaram

3.3 /5

59 km
from city center
24 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Chidambaram is a highly revered temple town located about 58 km from Pondicherry. The town is known for its several ancient shrines and historic buildings.

25. Bharathi Park

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
25 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Bharathi Park is a well planned and well maintained park flanked by some of the most important government buildings on all the sides. Serving as a popular tourist attraction since the times of British, this place is ideal to relax and unwind.

26. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
26 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Immaculate Conception Cathedral or Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee Church is a beautiful place of worship established in year 1686. Dedicated to St.

27. Varadaraja Perumal Temple

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
27 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Varadaraja Perumal Temple is an ancient temple dating back to 12th century and is of great religious significance. Situated in Villiannur, the structure of the temple is very attractive and is highly revered by its devotees.

28. Church of Our Lady of Angels

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
28 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Also known as Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, the Church of Our Lady of Angels is mainly renowned for its immaculate stone work. The beautiful texture of white marble is highlighted by using the fusion of limestone and egg white.

29. The Statue of Dupleix

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
29 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Commissioned in the year 1870, this 3 meter high statue was established to honour Francois Dupleix, who governed Pondicherry till 1754. This statue situated at the Place du Republique is built over amazing granite columns.

30. Aayi Mandapam

3 km
from city center
30 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Standing sturdy at the centre of the Bharathi Park in Pondicherry, Aayi Mandapam or Park Monument is a pearly white edifice built during the reign of Napolean III, Emperor of France. The monument was built in the honour of the female courtesan Ayi who tore down her own house to build a water reservoir for the city.

31. Meeran Mosque

3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
31 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

One of the most revered religious spot by Muslims; Meeran Mosque was built about three hundred and fifty years ago. In fact, it serves as the oldest mosque in Pondicherry with a distinct type of architecture.

32. Cluny Embroidery Centre

3 km
from city center
32 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Housed in an 18th century heritage bungalow on the Rue Romain Rolland Street, Cluny Embroidery Centre is a wonderful venture started by a local convent to provide employment to underprivileged women. The building was supposedly donated by a French woman to help the poor women in need and is currently run by Catholic nuns.

33. Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion

3 km
from city center
33 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Located on the Ranga Pillai Street, opposite the Grand Bazaar, Ananda Ranga Pillai is one of the most ancient heritage buildings of Pondicherry. Built in 1735, the house was named after the courtier Ananda Ranga Pillai, of the French Governor- Joseph Francois Dupleix.

34. Ganesh Garden

2 km
from city center
34 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Located on the Ramarajda Street in Pondicherry, Ganesh Garden is a quaint little botanical garden maintained by a French couple. Housed in a residential building, the garden cum nursery has a plethora bushes and shrubberies from medicinal plants to flowering plants. The place has been kept and groomed impressively and is a must visit for gardening enthusiasts.

35. ISKCON Pondicherry

4 km
from city center
35 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Situated in the Krishna Nagar locality of Pondicherry, ISKCON Pondicherry is a Hindu revered temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort, colloquially known as ‘Ashta Devi’. More precisely, the centre is a spiritual society, the name ‘ISKCON’ literally translating to International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

36. Ousteri Wetland and National Park

3.2 /5

9 km
from city center
36 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

A national park rich in flora and fauna, Ousteri Wetland and National Park lay 10 km from Pondicherry town on the Pondicherry-Villuppuram road. Spread across an area of 3.

37. Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple

3 km
from city center
37 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Located on the Pudhukuppam Beach in Pondicherry, 12 kms north of Auroville, Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple is the most unusual and yet one of the most beautiful temples present in India. Constructed in a pyramid shape, the temple is built to resemble the great pyramids of Egypt.

38. International Center for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER)

8 km
from city center
38 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

ICYER is a complete traditional ashram which unlike other yoga centres requires a strict decipline, routine and devotion towards a yogic living. ICYER follows the gurukul method of teaching till date and the students are required to reside in the ashram living with the guru and his family. The centre believes that total immersion into the yogic living is achieved through the process. The ashram does not offer vacation yoga courses, instead has residential teacher training course of 6 month duration. Advanced teachers training course of additional 6 months is offered to the ones who have completed the first 6 months.

39. Mahatma Gandhi Statue

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
39 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

The four-meter high statue of Mahatma Gandhi is surrounded by eight granite pillars, which were supposedly brought from Gingee, a fort some 70 km from Pondicherry. The statue is placed in the middle of a garden situated at Dumas Street and attracts tourists in large number.

40. Auroville Ashram, Pondicherry

4.3 /5

10 km
from city center
40 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Conceived as the 'Universal Town', the Auroville Ashram is a great epitome of community living. This is where people of different nationalities, culture, religion, traditions all come together to truly live in peace and harmony.

41. Relish a Mesmerizing Sunrise

41 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

One thing that you must definitely witness while on a trip to Pondicherry is the very mesmerising sunrise. The lovely beaches, or the gorgeous colonies, or even the promenades, are all amazing locations to experience a wonderful orange sun rise above the horizon. This is one of the top things to do in Pondicherry and is sure to stay with you for a long long time.

42. Yanam Beach

595 km
from city center
42 out of 43
places to visit in Pondicherry

Situated in the town of Yanam, the Yanam Beach is an excellent getaway for those looking to spend quiet time away from the crowds. The vast expanse of the waters beckons tranquil boat rides, as well as a walk along the Ferry Road, can be both exciting and calming. Yanam Beach also called the Rajiv Gandhi Beach, is one of the most famous attractions of the town. One can sit back on cement chairs enjoying the quiet views of the beach side or enjoy a perfect picnic with family on a pleasant day.

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