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What to do in Pondicherry?

Discussion in 'South India' started by Bharani, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. Bharani

    Bharani New Member

    Our kids are after my husband and me to take them to Pondicherry. We know that Pondicherry is popular for its beaches, but going all the way to Pondicherry to be at the beach is not worth the trip, so it would be good to know what else we can do in Pondicherry, such as visiting some famous buildings, or any other tourist places?

  2. Shiv

    Shiv Member

    Hi, Bharani.
    There is lots to do in Pondicherry and not just be at the beach. Below is a list of the things you and your family can do and see while in Pondicherry.

    Botanical Gardens
    This garden is 170 years old and has a variety of 1500 plants. It is a place suitable for both adults and kids. You will find a children's train there, water fountains and an aquarium. Timings of the Botanical Garden is from 10 am - 5 pm.

    French Quarter
    This is a heritage town which is a must visit as it is a totally a different side to Pondicherry. When visiting the French Quarter you will be taken back to the French Colonization with the brightly colored buildings and villas. You can also take a heritage walk here.

    Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple
    The Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Pondicherry and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

    Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
    This is a 300-year-old Roman Catholic Church. This church was once visited by Mother Teresa.

    Pondicherry Museum
    Pondicherry Museum is a must visit so that you get to learn about the history of the place and can view some ancient sculptures, handicrafts, temple lamps and more. Timings of the museum are from 10 am to 5 pm and it is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

    Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one place you should visit to see some beautiful architecture.

    Sri Thirukameshwarar Temple

    A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a must visit while in Pondicherry. The temple itself has marvelous architecture and is full of color.

    Beaches to visit in Pondicherry
    The following beaches are popular in Pondicherry and are major tourist attractions too.

    Mahe Beach
    Serenity Beach
    Paradise Beach
    Auroville Beach


  3. Harrish

    Harrish New Member

    Hey Bharani,

    Pondicherry has something for everyone, not just beach lovers! Here's a fun itinerary for your family trip:

    Dive into history:

    • French Quarter: Explore a slice of France in India! Stroll through streets lined with colorful colonial buildings, and soak in the unique atmosphere. Maybe even take a heritage walk to learn some fascinating stories.

    • Pondicherry Museum: Step back in time and discover the city's rich history with ancient sculptures, temple lamps, and interesting exhibits.
    • Temples and Churches: Immerse yourselves in the spiritual side of Pondicherry. Visit the colorful Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and the majestic Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a stunning Roman Catholic church.

    Family Fun:

    • Botanical Gardens: Escape the heat and explore this sprawling garden with over 1500 plants! Kids will love the toy train, water fountains, and the aquarium.
    • Beach Time: While beaches are a highlight, you have options! Serenity Beach is perfect for relaxation, while Paradise Beach offers exciting water sports (think kayaking or speedboats!).


    • Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Seek some peace and serenity at this renowned spiritual ashram.
    • Shopping: Browse for unique souvenirs - French handicrafts or traditional Tamil textiles - a perfect way to remember your trip!
    This is just a starting point, Bharani. Let me know if you'd like details on any of these activities, or if you're interested in anything specific