French Quarter, Beaches & More: Top Places To See In Puducherry

OT Staff

Promenade Beach

A scenic 1.5 km stretch along the Bay of Bengal, Promenade Beach is perfect for strolls, sunrise views, and people-watching. Its serene ambience and historic landmarks like the War Memorial make it a popular spot for locals and tourists.

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An experimental township designed for human unity, Auroville is a global community that promotes sustainable living. The iconic Matrimandir, a golden globe structure, serves as a meditation centre and is a must-visit for its architecture and spiritual vibe.

Auroville | Kiran-Sharma / Shutterstock

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Founded by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, this spiritual community focuses on inner development and integral yoga.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram | Shutterstock

Paradise Beach

Accessible by ferry ride, Paradise Beach is known for its sunsets, golden sands and clear waters. It's an ideal spot for relaxation, water sports, and picnics.

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French Quarter (White Town)

Characterised by its colonial architecture, tree-lined streets, and cafes, the French Quarter is a picturesque area reflecting Pondicherry's French heritage.

The old Lighthouse in White Town | Kiran-Sharma / Shutterstock

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This Gothic-style basilica, established in 1908, features stained-glass panels depicting Jesus's life. It's a significant pilgrimage site and an architectural marvel.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus | Shutterstock

Puducherry Museum

Showcasing artefacts from the French colonial period, Chola bronzes, and archaeological findings, the Puducherry Museum offers a glimpse into the region's rich history and cultural heritage.

Puducherry Museum | Jayakumar / Shutterstock

Serenity Beach

True to its name, it offers a peaceful and less crowded alternative to other beaches. It's a haven for surfers and beach lovers, perfect for relaxation and water activities.

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An ancient Roman trade centre, Arikamedu's archaeological site features remnants of ancient pottery, beads, and structures. This historic site provides insights into Puducherry's rich trade history.

Ruins of a building in Arikamedu | Shutterstock

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