Planning a holiday? And want a break from the hustle and bustle of city life or looking forward a quaint or peaceful place with few sightseeing options/ activities where you can relax and excite your adventurous kikas??? Than stop looking more, India’s quaint little Union Territory “Pondicherry” also known as “Puducherry”, with its pristine beaches to rich history and colonial French town look to havens of spirituality and beautiful temples and churches and different water sporting facilities like Scuba Diving, Scuba Jumping and Surfing will no doubt make you fall in love with the place.
Well still if you are not convinced? Then don't worry this small and user-friendly Pondicherry travel guide will surely change your mind and urged to pack your bags to head to Pondy soon. For best offers on Pondicherry holiday packages just click on Visit India.com and get exciting deals/more the best of Pondicherry.
Like most other southern states of India,the main culture in Pondicherry is “Dravidian”.Despite its French culture and character, Pondicherry is truly Indian and mainly gives the expansion to southern classical Carnatic Music and classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi.
In Pondicherry three main languages are spoken: Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam but being an area blend with French culture, it is easy for one to speak and understand French and English. For more, festivals are a part of the live for local peoples. They celebrate festivals like: Mascarade or the Mask Festival, French commemoration, International Yoga Festival, Sani Peyarchi Festival, PanguniUthiram and many other festivals with full zeal, fanfare, enthusiasm and lot of excitement forgetting all caste and language biases.
So If you are visiting Pondicherry and Auroville then don't forget to buy its most splendid gift items ranging from Southern silks and fabrics to hand-made clay and metal pendants to leather key rings and an entire range of incense sticks and aroma candles.
From continental to Italian, authentic Frenchcuisines to local South Indian delicacies; dining and eating out in Pondicherry are an absolute delight. The restaurants in Pondicherry mostly offer non-vegetarian specialties. Some restaurants also offer exotic dishes like bebe octopus a l’Armoricaine. Hmmm…Vegetarians there is no need to ruin your hopes as chefs make vegetarian dishes also on demand. For more, its lip-smackingseafood and some of the best, lightest and tastiest pastries, breads and cakes from Auroville restaurantadd only Pondy a foodie’s paradise!
Seafront promenade, natural and architectural wonders:
Bordered with a distinct range of history and culture, Pondicherry is home to various archaeological, architectural and some of the most exotic and picturesque gardens/ parks of the country, no matter in which corner of Pondy you be, you will always find yourself to overwhelm with its French architecture. In addition to the charm and appeal, don't forget to explore its main attractions like: Pondicherry Botanical Garden, Promenade, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam), Bharati Government Park, Pondicherry Museum, Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Raj Niwas that surely fill your Pondy trip with unlimited fun and excitement!!!
Auroville International City:
Designed by famous architect Roger Anger, very close to Pondicherry, “Auroville” often called as “City of Dawn” is a critically planned, experimental township; no doubt Auroville is the best place for those who try to learn more about India and spirituality. The project (Auroville) which was originally founded in 1960s by the spiritual collaborator “Sri Aurobindo” aims to develop India through the idea of peaceful co-existence/people achieve divine satisfaction and find meaning of their existence through peaceful living with one another.
Adding more, in a middle point of the township, its huge architectural wonder called “Matrimandir”, which features 56 kilograms of gold on its dome along with golden mounts shines with sunlight, is hugely considered as a sign of peace, serenity and tranquillity is a famous place of interest.
Scuba-diving in Pondicherry:
If you think that scuba diving/ jumping/ surfing happened only in Hawaii, Australia or Maldives, then check again, the ancient French colony of Pondicherry or Puducherry, well known for its big waves, is a good place to dive/jump/ surf. Adding more to its fame, this city offer PADI courses (in which training is offered for 4 days) to non-divers and swimmers or 1-day experience is also available.
Spirituality at Sri Aurobindo Ashram:For a relieving experience in Pondicherry, don't forget to visit “Sri Aurobindo Ashram” set up by a famous spiritual leader “Sri Aurobindo”, No doubt its pleasurable, rural and rustic environment over the ashram, the silence that exist in its every corner and the various meditation/internal yoga programmes will surely help to discover inner consciousness or to find a meaning of the life and divine perfection.
Beach walks & activities:
Blessed with a fascinating coastline and quiet environment, Pondicherry is one of the most famous beach destinations of India. Its Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach, Serenity Beach, Karaikal Beach, Promanade
Beach and Mahe Beach are some of the perfect retreats that will not only make holiday memorable, but will also allow to indulge in an array of fun-filled and exciting activities like swimming, beach volleyball, cricket, kayaking, boating, canoeing and fishing.