Pondicherry The French Colony in India

Pondicherry The French Colony in India
Park Monunemt (Aayi Mandapam) in the Government Park of Puducherry, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baptismal font at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Baptismal font at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puducherry (Pondicherry), India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pondicherry is spread across the 3 South Indian states of Kerala, TamilNadu, and Andhra Pradesh. It is affectionately called Pondy and officially called Puducherry. Pondicherry The French Colony in India is physicality 4 small pieces of land spread across 3 Indian states.

Pondicherry (Alias Pondy Alias Puducherry) and Karaikal are the other two parts of Pondycherry within Tamilnadu state.

Karaikal is at a distance of 114 kilometers South of Pondicherry within Tamilnadu on the Bay of Bengal Coast.

Mahe is one part of Pondy in northern Kerala on the Arabian Sea coast at a distance of around 625 kilometers West from Pondy.

Yenam Alias Yanaon in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh near to the Bay of Bengal Coast at a distance of 870 kilometers North East of Pondy is the other part of Pondy.

Pondicherry being a Union Territory is a tax heaven; buying high cost items is economical in Pondy.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram  is famous among tourists to Pondy. Auroville is a city developed  near Pondicherry in the neighboring Villupuram district of Tamilnadu, on the vision of Rishi Aurobindo (Rishi means Hindu saint) and the mother, dedicated to human unity where people of all countries can live in peace and harmony. The golden metallic crystal sphere in the town is the largest of such kind in the world.

Pondicherry has lot of French citizens and many Pondy residents live and work in France. Many, including locals, are getting French pension in India.

Which are the Places to Visit in Pondicherry?

Puducherry has many beautiful colonial buildings, temples, churches, statues, beaches, etc, which makes it an ideal tourist location. Streets are well planned French style avenues, making  them look beautiful.

War memorial, Old Light house, Museum exhibiting city’s French connection,   beach opposite the secretariat, etc, are the places commonly visited by tourists.  Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Gothic architecturally styled church, which is 110 years old.

Promenade Beach is a 1.2 kilometer long beautiful beach starting near the War memorial and ends at Dupleix Park.  War memorial  is on the beach road. Dupleix Park is also on the beach road. It has the statue of erstwhile french ruler, Dupleix.

Are There Any Good Hotels in Pondicherry?

There are many good hotels in Pondicherry. Palais de Mahe, Villa Shanti, Pondicherry Executive Inn Pvt Ltd, Hotel Tamizh Park, Le Pondy, Club Mahindra Puducherry, The Promenade, Windflower Resort, etc, are to name a few good hotels in Pondicherry. You can find a lot of budget hotels near to the Goverment Bus station and in the nearby areas.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry
Auroville Globe, Photo taken by Santosh Namby Chandran (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry is spiritual community of people established by Sri Aurobindo, at Pondicherry, in Pondicherry State (Pondicherrry being a small state is within the Tamilnadu state) of India.

After starting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo left the management to his spiritual collaborator, The Mother, and continued with his spiritual teachings work.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is open for public from 8 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 5 pm everyday. Thousands of people visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram daily.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram follows a complete method of Integral Yoga to transform human nature to divine life. In Sri Aurobindo’s yoga, the highest goal is the being of one, without the renunciation of life in the world. Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s writings are practiced to achieve this goal.

Auroville is a city developed  near to Pondicherry, in the neighboring Villupuram district of Tamilnadu state, on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, dedicated to human unity where people of all countries can live in peace and harmony. The golden metallic crystal sphere in the Ashram is the largest of such kind in the world.

Aurobindo Society is a not for profit NGO , working globally for the benefit of humanity, on the principle of the Ashramam.

How Do I Go to Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry?

Pondicherry or Pucucherry as it is officially called (or Pondy, its shortened affectionate name), is at around 160 kilometers south of Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu state. There are frequent bus services to Pondicherry from Chennai C.M.B.T Bus terminus in Koyembedu.

Pondycherry, is well connected by roads, train and air. Indian Railway booking site, irctc.co.in, uses  the code PDY for Pondicherry.(Puducherry in the site).

Pondicherry has got a small airport. Chennai is the nearest Major International Airport to Pondy, with flight connectivity to most parts of the world.

Accommodation near Auroville

There are many guest houses and home-stays in and around Auroville.