Pondicherry Sights and Landmarks Guide, India
Pondicherry in India offers some of the most incredible sights for tourists from all over. This small town with French taste lies around 160 kilometers from the famous city of Chennai. Pondicherry stands on the beautiful Coromandel Coast. Pondicherry sights are a great blend of natural and historical attractions.
Pondicherry Sights: Natural Attractions
Nature has been very kind to the town of Pondicherry. Pondicherry has a good number of beaches that are blessed with crystal clear waters. Paradise Beach is one such beach that also offers good accommodation facilities to tourists. You can enjoy water sports as well as boat cruises on this beach. Other famous beaches in Pondicherry include the Quite Beach and Reppo Beach. These beaches are great places to have a walk during the dawn or the dusk. They offer some of the most beautiful Pondicherry sights during these times.
Pondicherry Sights: Historical Attractions
Pondicherry was ruled by the French for around 300 years. The buildings of the town speak about the French reign. The entire town is full of beautiful buildings built in French style. These constructions give the city a Mediterranean look. One of the best ways to explore these beautiful constructions is to take a walk around the city. Famous historical monuments of the town include the Place de la Republique, the French Memorial, the Government Palace and the Statue of Joan of Arc.
Pondicherry Sights: Cathedrals and Temples
The city has more than 350 temples that are an example of classical architectural beauty of the 10th and the 12th century. Then there are a good number of beautiful churches that were built during the French and the Portuguese rule. Among these temples and churches, the most famous ones are the Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Manakkula Vinayakar temple. Another famous church is the Cathedral of Lady of the Angels. The architectural beauty of the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception needs a special mention among Pondicherry sights.
Pondicherry Sights: Miscellaneous attractions
The museum in Pondicherry sits in an old colonial building. The museum presents a great collection of artifacts from the era of Chollas and the Pallava rulers. The museum also takes you back to the French era of the town with its huge collection of antique furniture, Grand father’s clock and horse carriages of French times.
Another famous Pondicherry sights is the Aurobindo Ashram. This Ashram is one of the most visited places in Pondicherry. It is a place where you will experience peace. This spiritual place has a meditation center and a handful of handicrafts shops. Ashram organizes a number of educational and social activities within the town.
The Botanical Gardens built on the lines of the Botanical Gardens in Bangalore is a beautiful place to see some of the most exclusive varieties of plants. It also has a mammoth aquarium that has an exotic collection of fish.
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