A few recommendations to enjoy Pondicherry differently

Seashore, Gallic architecture in the French quarter, cafes and restaurants, spiritual retreats, arts and cooking classes at the Riviera of the East

 

DISCOVER

A non-exhaustive list to get you kick-started in the morning and help you unwind the rest of the day and in the evening

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Promenade

No trip to Pondicherry is complete without a stroll on the promenade to witness a tequila sunrise or enjoy the sound and sight of the waves breaking on the rocks. 

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Sand Beaches

Auroville Beach is undoubtedly one of the cleanest beaches around Pondicherry and a great destination for surfers. Paradise and Serenity are the other two popular beaches to soak the sun and unwind.

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Ganesh Temple

The Ganesh temple was constructed before the French came to Pondicherry. Come get blessed by the elephant Lakshmi and enjoy the carvings and the riot of colours: the temple, the people and the flowers. 

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in 1926, offers a different approach to life, where all work is considered as yoga and an effort towards self perfection. Discover the different departments such as the handmade paper factory, Senteurs or the Ayurvedic centre. 

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Auroville

The City of Dawn, is an experiment in human unity where people from different countries and walks of life come together to strive towards perfection in their respective fields and lives. Meditate at the Matrimandir to experience absolute silence and find your inner peace. 

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VMF, Old French Houses

The Vielles Maisons Françaises is an organization that helps restore and preserve colonial houses. Worth checking out the Cluny Embroidery Centre, Gratitude guest house and all the heritage architecture Pondicherry has to offer. . 

 

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Give your taste buds a treat through the French and fusion cuisine 

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Promenade Hotel

A rooftop restaurant and bar in the middle of the promenade, overlooking the Bay of Bengal, it is undoubtedly one of the most ideal locations to relax and listen to the waves and relish the Pan Asian cuisine or have a chilled beer. 

23, Goubert Avenue, 605001

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Charming ambience in a colonial and salmon-hued villa with leafy environs  that is ideal for early evenings catch-ups. Enjoy the blend of French and local flavours, innovative cocktails and freshly baked desserts.  

8 rue Romain Rolland, 605001

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A gastronomic delight in a colonial building with high ceilings and a beautiful courtyard, Villa Shanti attracts a lot of tourists and local people for fine dining. 

 14 rue Suffren, 605001

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A bohemian cafe with low tables and lounge chairs and dishes ranging from crêpes, omelettes, salads,  Café des Arts is one of the best places to grab breakfast or brunch in French Town

10 Suffren Street, 605001

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Zuka

If you are craving for death by chocolate, head straight to Zuka.

319 Mission Street, 605001

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A garage, a bikers' paradise, Greasy Tin is one of the best bars in town. The entire place has a lot of character and charm which stems from the owners' passion for bikes.

135 Perumal Koil street, 605001

 

OUR PARTNERS

Getting around and activities

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Pondy Local

Head back with some souvenirs and handicrafts from local artisans and entrepreneurs. Our boutique is at 10 Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai. You could also check out our online store  

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Goutham Travels

Whether you need a taxi pick up or drop at the Chennai Airport, or a cab for a short trip in South India, get in touch with Goutham

Whatsapp +919994927431

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Bike and Cycle rental

Two wheelers and cycles are undoubtedly the best way to commute in Pondicherry and Auroville. For an efficient and professional service, touch base with

Ambal two-wheeler rental

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Walking Tour

There's no better way to discover Pondicherry and its colonial history than through stories on a walking tour in the French quarter. 

Storytrails

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Arts and culture

Classical dance, music, cuisine, yoga, massage, henna, kolam or bollywood classes, come soak in Indian culture at

Sita Cultural Centre

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Cooking Classes

Set off on a culinary voyage and experience the delights of South Indian, Mughal, Rajasthani, Bengali flavours at

Shyama's Kitchen

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