Pondicherry or the Indian union territory of Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The coastal town is famous for French colony, Tamil style urban architecture and also a popular weekend destination from Chennai and Bangalore.
Tourism in Puducherry includes famous temples, churches, beaches and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, The main tourist attractions in and around the Pondicherry city are listed below.
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and a very popular tourist destination in Puducherry. The temple is the ancient temples in Union Territory of Puducherry and also famous for golden chariot festival.
Promenade Beach or Pondicherry Beach is a 1 kilometre long sea shore stretch in the city of Puducherry. The beach also have other tourist attractions such as French War Memorial,Mahatma Gandhi statue and The Promenade.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most famous pilgrimage spots for Christians in Puducherry. The Basilica is major tourist attractions of Pondicherry.
Auroville township in Viluppuram district is a must visit place in Puducherry, The Matrimandir is the famous landmark of the city and the township house 50,000 residents from from 49 countries.
Arikamedu archaeological site and a coastal fishing village, located 4 km from the Pondicherry city.
Aayi Mandapam at Bharathi Park is a white monument, situated in center of Bharathi park.
French War Memorial
French War Memorial is dedicated to residents of French Indian, located opposite to the Gandhi statue at Promenade Beach.
Chunnambar Boat House
Chunnambar Boat House is known for its backwater and boathouse, situated 8 kms from Puducherry. The beach at Chunnambar and backwaters are major tourist attraction in the city of Pondicherry.