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Buses leave every 30 mins from Chennai’s Metropolitan Bus Terminus at Koyambedu. Most convenient railhead is the Chennai Central.

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about pondicherry

Also known as 'The French Riviera of the East', Pondicherry (Puducherry) exhibits a heavy French influence, which is more evident at the destination's old quarters. The place is pretty laid back and has some fine restaurants serving passably good French cuisine. The dreamy picturesque location of Pondicherry (Puducherry) also makes it a fine destination for film shoots. How about exploring the famous French Quarters of Pondicherry just the way John Abraham did in Jism? Well, the entire movie was shot in the White Town and at the Promenade. Other notable films shot here were Saat Khoon Maaf and Life of Pi!

A favorite visiting spot is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which attracts scores of Indian as well as foreign tourists due to its highly sought after yoga and meditation courses. Amongst other attractions, some must visit places are the lovely beach front promenade, Auroville, Gingee Fort, Gokilambal Temple and the Government Museum.

As generations of weekend holidayers already know, the charm of Pondicherry lies in its incredibly leisurely approach to life, food and commerce. Walking or cycling (cycles easily available on hire) is really the best way to see Pondicherry. Taxis and autos are also available. The New Bus Stand is 2 and a half km west of the Aurobindo Ashram (autos would cost approximately INR 30). All the important government offices (as well as the Tourist Office) and guest houses are located on the main promenade — the 3-km-long Goubert Avenue or Beach Road that runs parallel to the Bay of Bengal and marks the length of the old French Quarter of the city. Streets are neatly labelled and numbered. Do note that the Puducherry authorities do not levy tax on food, stay or travel. Although terribly rushed day-trips from Chennai are possible, at least an overnight stay in Puducherry is a must. Also, don’t miss Aurobindo Ashram, is the house where Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner, The Mother, lived, worked, taught and attained samadhi. Many-hued flowers, even exotic orchids, are grown all over the premises. The floral ambience is refreshing. In the courtyard, under a frangipani tree, is the white marble samadhi of both Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

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Sangita Sinha
Sangita Sinha
a short trip!!
Jun 25 2017
It's a short trip with parents... We'd enjoyed in Pondicherry one day only..��.. We'll go again.....
Sangavi Akash
Sangavi Akash
Trip to pondicherry
Feb 02 2017
Awesome trip Pondicherry !! Few things not to miss while in pondicherry , and we enjoyed lot over there like Excellent view of "Sun Rise" @ Rock Bech around 6 to 6.30 am Night Walk in Rock Beach with Ice cream @ corner of that beach road ...... read more