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Puducherry, India

Puducherry, India

Puducherry, a former French colony in India, is known for its beaches, colonial architecture and Auroville spiritual center. It’s a town with French and Tamil influences.

I experienced vastness of the ocean for the first time in my life at the paradise beach of Puducherry. At first, I couldn’t believe that there can be endless water at one place. But, after a few minutes, I realized that it’s just a small part of the ocean. I went inside the water and tried to swim and when I swallowed the sea-water for the first time, it was so salty that I couldn’t breathe for a moment. But I was there in the water till the evening. It was an unforgettable experience.

Places to visit in Puducherry

  1. French Quarter:This charming neighborhood boasts colonial architecture with colorful French balconies, perfect for strolling and admiring the French influence. Lined with French bakeries, cafes, and shops, it’s a great place to unwind and soak in the atmosphere.
  2. Sri Aurobindo Ashram:Founded by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in 1926, this spiritual ashram is a center of peace and meditation. Visitors can learn about Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of Integral Yoga and participate in meditation and yoga classes.
  3. Auroville:A short drive from Puducherry, Auroville is an experimental township promoting peace and human unity. People from all over the world live together following Aurobindo’s ideals. Visitors can explore the Matrimandir, a large golden sphere that serves as a place for meditation, and learn about Auroville’s unique way of life.
  4. Promenade Beach:This scenic beach, also known as ‘White Town Beach,’ is a popular spot to relax and enjoy the sea views. Take a leisurely stroll on the sandy beach, lined with statues and cafes, or enjoy water sports.
  5. Botanical Garden:Established in the 18th century, this sprawling garden is a haven for nature lovers. Explore the diverse collection of flora and fauna, including rare and exotic plants, or simply relax amidst the tranquil gardens.
  6. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:This stunning Roman Catholic church is a must-visit for anyone interested in architecture or religion. Built in the late 19th century, the basilica is known for its stained glass windows, intricate carvings, and towering bell tower.
  7. Paradise Beach:If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, Paradise Beach is the perfect spot. Located about 8 kilometers from Puducherry, this beach is known for its pristine golden sands and clear blue waters. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or take a boat ride to nearby Auroville.
  8. Arikamedu:History buffs will love exploring Arikamedu, an ancient Roman settlement dating back to the 2nd century BC. Located about 2 kilometers from Puducherry, Arikamedu was a major trading center between India and the Roman Empire. You can see the ruins of warehouses, a bathing pool, and other structures.
  9. French War Memorial:This poignant memorial was built to honor the French soldiers who died in World War I. Located on the Goubert Avenue, the memorial is a beautiful structure with a central dome and four pillars.