Top 10 Places to Visit in Pondicherry
Top 10 Places to Visit in Pondicherry

1. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This Gothic style building is a highly revered place of worship in Pondicherry. The extremely beautiful stained glass window depicts the life of Jesus. This gigantic church is one of the most attractive spots is whole Pondicherry.

Distance from airport: 7.5 km
Opening hours: All days of the week except Sunday 7AM to 6:30PM Sun 8AM to 6:30PM
Best time to visit: All year
Entry fee: Free
Photography: Allowed


2. Bharathi Park

Landscaped park featuring a Greco-Roman arch structure, plus flowers, a play area & fountains.

Distance from airport: 6.7 km
Opening hours: 8 AM to 8 PM Every day
Best time to visit: October to March
Entry fee: Free of cost
Photography: Allowed


3. Serenity Beach

One of the most gorgeous beaches in Pondicherry, Serenity Beach is an unmissable attraction! Swathed with pristine golden sands. Fringed by palm trees, this beach is an ideal place for beach lovers to spend moments of repose

Distance from airport: 5.3 Km
Opening hours: All throughout the day
Best time to visit: October to April
Entry fee: Free
water sports: Available


4. Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Mandir

Dedicated to the god Ganehsa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry. The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the ancient mandir in Puducherry.

Distance from airport: 6.2 Km
Opening hours: 6.30.AM to 11.AM / 4.30.PM to 9.PM Every day
Best time to visit: All year
Entry fee: Free
Photography: Not allowed inside the temple


5. The Matrimandir

The Matrimandir(Sanskrit for Temple of The Mother)It is called soul of the city and is situated in a large open space called Peace. Matrimandir does not belong to any particular religion or sect.

Distance from airport: 11.6 Km
Opening hours: 9.AM to 1.PM/1.30.PM to 5.PM
Best time to visit: November to March
Entry fee: Visiting free of cost but if you wish to go inside book your ticket
Photography: Not allowed inside


6. Botanical Garden

A popular tourist attraction of Pondicherry, Botanical Garden was established by C.S. Perrotet in the year 1862. The garden is home to several exotic varieties of rare plants as well as an aquarium.

Distance from airport: 6,8 Km
Opening hours: 9.AM to 6.PM Every day
Best time to visit: October to May
Entry fee: Free
Photography: Allowed


7. Pondicherry Museum

Puducherry Museum has masterpieces dating back to Pallava and Chola Dynasty. Burial urns, French furniture, terracotta figures, crockery, guns, swords, spears, paintings, mirrors and several other things dating back to different eras can be found here.

Distance from airport: 6.5 Km
Opening hours: 9.AM to 6:30.Pm all days open expect Mondays
Best time to visit: All year
Entry fee: 10Rs for adults & 5Rs for children
Photography: Not allowed inside


8. Thirukameswar Temple

Its architectural style amazes many visitors. The main shrine of this temple dates back to the 12th century.

Distance from airport: 11.5 Km
Opening hours: 6.AM to 12.PM / 4.PM to 9.PM Every day
Best time to visit: All year
Entry fee: Free
Photography: Not allowed inside the temple


9. Rock Beach

One of The best tourist attraction in Pondicherry. Bordered by a street with restaurants, this scenic, rocky beach draws crowds during the evening.

Distance from airport: 6.8 Km
Opening hours: All throughout the day
Best time to visit: October to April
Entry fee: Free
water sports: Not available


10. Old Light House

foundation of this Lighthouse in 1835. The lighthouse is 29 meters high.
The light source was converted to electric lamps in 1913.
The new lamp had a range of 26 nautical miles.

Distance from airport: 6.6 Km
Opening hours: 10.AM to 6.PM Every day
Best time to visit: October to April
Entry fee: Free of cost
Photography: Allowed


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