Secrets de Pondichry Four Lesser Known Places To See

Pondicherry is popular for all the right reasons, and it is easy to see only the famous places here after completing a trip to this beautiful coastal town. Here are four of the lesser-known spots to check out when in Pondicherry
An aerial view of Auroville, Pondicherry. Photo Credit Azharudeen KS/Shutterstock
An aerial view of Auroville, Pondicherry. Photo Credit Azharudeen KS/Shutterstock

Bestrewn along the southeastern coast of India, Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is a pleasant mix of French colonial heritage, spiritual serenity and coastal charm. While popular spots like Promenade Beach and Auroville draw the most crowds, we bring you six lesser-known destinations in this beautiful outpost of a long expired Indo-French civilisation that will take you off the beaten path. From gorgeous lakes to spend an afternoon at to ancient temples inviting you to feel the finitude of existence, these places offer a unique perspective on Pondicherry's diverse landscapes wreathed in the cultural tapestry.

Ousteri Lake 

The most famous freshwater lake of Pondicherry, the serene embrace of Ousteri Lake invites you to escape the bustling city and find solace. Located 10 kilometres from Pondicherry, this picturesque freshwater lake is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Spread across an expansive 800 hectares, it teems with various migratory and resident birds, including spot-billed pelicans, painted storks, and spoonbills. To reach Ousteri Lake, hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw from Pondicherry and enjoy the scenic journey. Boating facilities allow visitors to explore the tranquil waters and immerse themselves in the ambience of the surroundings. Booking tickets is not required, and the lake is open for everyone every day of the week from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Gingee Fort

The Gingee or Senji Fort, situated in the Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu, has earned the nickname &lsquoTroy of the East&rsquo by the English due to its strength and impenetrable characteristics. Throughout its extensive history, spanning centuries, it has been controlled by notable political powers, including the Vijayanagar Nayaks, the Bijapur Sultans, the Mughals, the Marathas, the French, and the English, serving as a strategic stronghold for each of them. The fort complex comprises three impressive hilltop citadels Rajagiri, Krishnagiri, and Chandrayandurg, each offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. To reach Gingee Fort, hire a taxi or take a bus from Pondicherry to the town of Gingee. From there, it's a short distance to the fort entrance. 

Chunnambar Boat House

Chunnambar Boat House, located near Pondicherry, is a gateway to the serene Paradise Beach. The boat ride from the boat house takes visitors through scenic backwaters, providing a peaceful and picturesque experience. Upon reaching Paradise Beach, visitors are greeted by a pristine stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters, creating an atmosphere of serenity.&nbspRelaxation options include sunbathing, leisurely walks along the shore, and swimming in the inviting waters. The beach is also an excellent spot for picnics amidst the beautiful surroundings. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the beach's lush palm groves and opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Adventurous visitors can engage in thrilling water sports such as kayaking and boating.

Veerampattinam Beach

Veerampattinam Beach, located in the village of Veerampattinam near Pondicherry, is renowned as one of the top beaches in the area. Situated approximately 7 kilometres from the city, en route to Cuddalore, this beach is the longest and cleanest in Pondicherry, as it is part of the largest coastal village within the union territory. Accessing the beach is convenient through public buses that operate from the city. During the monsoon season, Veerampattinam Beach transforms into a tropical paradise adorned with vibrant greenery, enhancing its natural beauty. Open to visitors from 800 AM to 1000 PM throughout the year, the beach is great for a refreshing dip in the sparkling emerald waters or simply unwinding and enjoying the serene atmosphere. Around the beach, designated spots allow visitors to observe local fishermen engaged in their daily catch and interact with the friendly residents. Additionally, the beach hosts the renowned Temple Car Festival annually, an awe-inspiring spectacle, especially for those visiting the village in August.

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