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All That You Need To See In Pondicherry

The classic French architectures, the tranquility in the ambiance, the boulevard of trees resting on the clean roads, the pristine beaches and the serenity of the Arabian sea. All that you couldn't find at all those "cliche- tourist places" Pondicherry will welcome you with a tons of such beauties, that can make you fall in love with its beauty and peace.

Here are few places you cannot miss when you are traveling to the historic French colony of India.

1. Auroville

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Auroville is an experimental township started by Mirra Alfassa in 1968 based on the life teachings of Sri Aurobindo. The township is built to promote the greater human value such as honesty, peace, harmony and love. People not only from India but from around the country volunteer to live in Auroville where there is no importance given to the man's greed for money and other materialistic pleasures. A visit to Auroville should definitely be on your travel list whenever you are traveling in Pondicherry to learn all those life lessons that we bunk living the busy metropolitan life.

2. Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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One thing that a visit to Pondicherry is sure to teach you is the greater life lessons. Sri Aurobindo ashram in Pondicherry built in 1920, is a huge promoter of the revolutionary thinker and philosopher Aurobindo Ghosh. Based on the harmonious and peaceful life lessons given by Aurobindo Ghosh during his lifetime, the ashram is beautifully set to take you away from the materialistic life and who knows it can change your lifestyle forever. There are various activities in ashram which can help you redeem the much-needed peace. Well- equipped library, an educational center, farms, gardens and even small scale industries such as handmade industry and the printing press is present inside the premises of ashram.

3. French War Memorial

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French War Memorial was built in 1971 to commemorate the French soldiers to lost their life fighting the First World War. Every year on Bastille day, July 14 the memorial is beautifully lit to pay homage to the lost lives of soldiers. War Memorial is a major tourist attraction in Pondicherry and is a must visit on Bastille Day.

4. The Beaches

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Located on the coast of the Arabian sea, Pondicherry houses many beautiful beaches of India. What's special about them you ask? It is the calm atmosphere, the pure bliss of nature, the non-commercialised culture and the cleanliness of beaches distinguishes the beaches of Pondicherry from the other beaches of the country.

1. Paradise beach- Located on an unexplored island of Pondicherry which is only accessible through a boat ride, Paradise beach offers the awesome beauty of nature with its unique twist. The fact that it is located on the unexplored island makes it extremely beautiful. You have nothing but the beauty of white-sand and the infinity of sea to look at this beach.

2. Serenity beach- The name explains it all! Serenity beach offers the virgin beauty of white-sand matched with the crystal clear waters of the sea. Sit back, relax and soak in the sun to make the best of your beach holidays at this beach.

3. Promenade beach- The classic French architecture on one side and the endless Arabian sea on the other. Promenade beach is the most famous beach of Pondicherry which is a must-visit place of the city. Always crowded with the tourists, it manages to catch hold of every tourist who love to spend their time on the huge rocks overlooking the beauty of the sea.

5. Pilgrimage spots

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Pondicherry houses the various pilgrimage places majorly for the Hindu and Christian religions. The perfect blend of cultures that Pondicherry has to offer to satiate the devotees from both Hindu and Christian background.

1.Manakula Vinayagar temple- One of the most important Hindu temples of Pondicherry, Manakula Vinayagar is also one of the ancient beauty of the cities. The temple is dedicated to the shrine of Lord Ganesha.

2.Panchvati Anjaneya Temple- Located at a distance of 12 km from Pondicherry, this temple hosts the world’s second largest Anjaneya effigy in the world. The temple is considered to possess powers to cure the illness of its devotees.

3.Sri Kanniga Parameswari Temple- This temple offers the unique blend of architectures of French and Hinduism. Primarily known for its excellent sculptors and beautiful artworks, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Shakti.

4. Varadaraja Perumal Temple- The temple is believed to be built in 600 AD. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is adorned with 108 deities of Vishnu which are places all around the premises of the temple.

5.The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus- Being an important French colony, Pondicherry is a home to various beautiful churches of India. Built in 1907, the Basilica speaks of beautiful gothic style architecture. Church also holds a Parish Hall, a chapel and a sculptor dedicated to the Lady of the Lourdes.

6. Immaculate conception Cathedral - It is the mother church for the Roman Catholics. Built in 1791, the church stands for more than 300 years and also hosts a Bishop house in its premises.

7. Our Lady of Good Health Church- The church is a beautiful artwork which speaks highly of the French architectures. Adorned with the curved arches, the church was built in 1690 and is counted amongst the oldest churches of this region.

After you have satisfied yourself with all the pristine beauty of Pondicherry do not miss out on the celestial sea food of the city. Treat yourself with the amazing sea food delicacies that offer the hint of inspiration from the French cuisine.

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