Oh the charm of the French world meeting the sea life! How can one not fall for something so surreal yet so real? The quietude of the alleys and the bustling boulevards; the amalgamation of Tamil and French cuisines and architecture; and the jaunty crowd, all make Pondicherry a compelling place to visit in India.
The Union Territory of Pondicherry blessed with a picturesque coastline is indeed a destination for beach lovers where they can enjoy multiple water activities. The colonial architecture compliments the beach life whereas the far situated Auroville add another dimension to Pondicherry tourism. If there is one tourist destination in India that can cater to your need for a relaxing holiday with your partner, Pondicherry has to be it.
Best time to visit Pondicherry
The months between October and February are ideal for visiting Pondicherry. Even though it is a year-round destination, the best holiday destination in Pondicherry starts in February. The ideal time to visit Pondicherry is Winters. Pondicherry has a lot to offer in every season. It has a different charm in all seasons.
How to reach Pondicherry
By air: Puducherry Airport at Lawspet, Karaikal Airport is the nearest airport to Pondicherry that’s well connected with major Indian cities. Chennai International Airport is 148 km far from Pondicherry. A bus or a private vehicle from the airport takes around 2 hours 45 minutes to reach Pondicherry.
By train: Villupuram Railway Junction is the nearest railhead that connects Pondicherry with the rest of the country.
By road: Pondicherry is well-connected with major cities like Trichy, Chennai, Bangalore, and Coimbatore. The road from Chennai to Pondicherry by the East Coast Road is the most scenic and is highly recommended. The distance between Chennai to Pondicherry is 169 km and takes around 3.5 hours to travel.
Beautiful Pondicherry Tourist Places To Visit:
Whether it is taking a leisure stroll by the street or going for water activities, the beaches in Pondicherry are good enough to make your vacay a memorable one. Pondicherry beaches are known for their scenic appearance, pristine outlook, shimmering sand, and jagged rocks on the seafront.
Some of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry are Rock Beach for scenic rock views, Serenity Beach for surfing and boat ride, Paradise Beach for golden sand and boat ride, and Promenade for incredible nature views. Mahe and Auroville beaches are the other beautiful beaches where you can catch the stunning sunset views. For the ultimate experience of a honeymoon in Pondicherry, do visit these beaches.
Visit a Lighthouse
Puducherry’s old lighthouse was constructed back in 1836, which you can visit today. Lighthouses were built in those days in order to guide ships coming to shore. The old lighthouse of Puducherry was constructed by the French, however, there is a new lighthouse as well. This one began functioning as early as 1979.
One of the most charismatic places you will ever visit, the White Town of Puducherry is a bohemian beauty. It is littered with cafes, diners, and more, with an overall vibe that will pull you in. Establishments here are all touched by French influences, with most of them serving French cuisines. There is also the beachfront promenade. A lovely place to fall in love, to be in love.
Outerseri Lakes for bird watching
Bird watching at Ousteri Lake is one of the most romantic things to do in Pondicherry. Also known as Osude Lake, it supports a variety of flora and fauna. It is a must-visit place if you are a couple who loves birds as you will get ample opportunities to see the most beautiful birds, both local and migratory. Some of the famous birds sighted here are tailorbird, white ibis, painted stork, open bill stork, spotted owlets and white-breasted water hen.
Chunnambar Boat House
Chunnambar is the most popular boating venue which is famous for its backwater and lush green environment around it. This place attracts a lot of tourists who enjoy boating at the Boat House near the Chunnambar River. This place is best suited for fun-loving people and photo fanatics. This beautiful place offers various activities with speed boats, motorboats, jet skies etc. without being heavy on your pockets. You can enjoy good quality time and explore the place with minimum expenditure. It is also a good picnic spot and evening times are the best ones to enjoy boating.
This beautiful museum is situated in Bharathi Park and is famous for its unique collection of sculptures. It is a must one time visit Pondicherry tourist place. A huge gallery with archaeological findings dating back to the Arikamedu Roman times is present, and decorated statues are also displayed.
The gallery also houses various artefacts belonging to Cholas and Pallavas of Pondicherry and Karaikal. It also has several bronze statues of gods and goddesses along with handicrafts, artwork and temple lamps. They also have a wide collection of snail shells brought from the beach. One must visit this museum for sure to cherish the amazing ancient things and know the beauty of antiques.
During your Pondicherry trip, shopaholics can acquire handmade art pieces and traditional mementoes from one of the Pondicherry top attractions, Pondy Bazaar. This market showcases traditional stock in which you can buy the best quality charming Pondy handicrafts at the lowest prices. If you get exhausted and feel starving while shopping then you can have local food from renowned cafes.
Where to Stay
Hotel and Cafes
Nothing beats the delectable taste of cuisines in Pondicherry. Head to these wonderful restaurants and cafes for a memorable dining experience. The Lighthouse, a roof-top restaurant in the Promenade Hotel, is perfect for candlelight dinner in Pondicherry; La Pasta is exclusively for pasta lovers and other Italian dishes.
Café des Arts, a Bohemian style restaurant is known to serve authentic baguettes, toasties, crepes, and coffees. Kasha ki Asha is known for its chips with chutney and European Thali, and pancakes. Villa Shanti, Le Club, Rendezvous, & Baker Street are the other renowned places where you can plan romantic dining with your partner on a Pondicherry honeymoon.
As an avid traveller, you must visit Pondicherry and enjoy its amazing tourist spots. You will be amazed at the construction, the natural beauty and the charm of the place.