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From Bangalore  374 km  5 hrs 58 mins To Chennai 1 hr -
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A cocktail of two cultures, this easy-going capital of the union territory of Pondicherry (which spreads out to Mahé, Yanam and Karaikal) has a beautiful French Quarter embraced by a striking Tamil culture. A relevant French cuisine and a heritage of colonial architecture are a boon to locals and travelers alike.
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  • Known as 'The French Riviera of the East'
  • Time to visit: November to February
  • Auroville, an experimental township
  • Learn a craft at Sita, a Franco-Indian cultural centre
  • French cuisine
  • Many shops are closed for lunch and early at night, even on Sunday.
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Getting to Pondicherry
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Pondicherry Resorts & Places To Stay

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Set in picturesque Veerampattinam, Windflower Pondicherry is perched between the backwaters and the bright blue ocean. Stroll along the beach, Race the gulls to the horizon or Watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean.
7.7 Good
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INR 6885
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Located at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal, this resort is a true amalgamation of the spirit, the architecture and the revelry that makes Pondicherry a sought after destination.
9.0 Superb
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Le Pondy
  Lake View Road
INR 16974
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Located on the scenic East Coast Road, overlooking the mighty Bay of Bengal, you'll discover 23 acres of pure leisure - Ocean Spray. Truly one of a kind, this iconic masterpiece is built around a manmade lake that extends over 5 acres. Ocean Spray is meant for the discerning traveler who not only wants to have a good time, but also to emerge happy and refreshed from it.
7.9 Good
Ocean Spray
  ECR Main Road
INR 9381
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Experience Tamil hospitality amidst French baroque decor, a blend in line with what the city of Pondicherry offers. A one of a kind experience.
8.0 VeryGood
La Maison Tamoule
  Vysial Street
INR 2908
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At The Dune, soul, comfort, art and the sea fuse together to give a luxurious vacation on the beach front. This eco-friendly beach resort has beautiful aesthetic villas fusing traditional & modern architecture which make the indoors as inviting as the outdoors...
8.2 VeryGood
The Dune
  Pudhukuppam
INR 4826
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Maison Perumal is a cameo experience. A celebration in miniature, of a way of life that few even know exists. Tucked away in Puducherry's seldom explored Tamil quarter, it's your window to a time when two worlds met...and melted gracefully into one another.
9.2 Superb
Maison Perumal
  Perumal Koil Street
INR 7809
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The rooms overlook the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal and are elegantly designed and equipped with every conceivable comfort that one could ask for. Need we say more?
7.9 Good
The Promenade
  White Town
INR 5567
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Pondicherry's finest luxury hotel,a boutique property set in an ancient villa in the heart of the colonial 'White Town'. A delicate blend of tradition and modernity; soak up the warmth of traditional French architecture blended with all modern conveniences.
8.0 VeryGood
Le Dupleix
  Okhla Industrial Area
INR 5325
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Located minutes away from popular landmarks like Maritime Museum and Danish Fort, The Gate House is a perfect holiday retreat offered by the Neemrana Group
8.0 VeryGood
Neemranas Gate House
  24 King Street
INR 4362
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Big Beach, Puducherry spans across 24 acres with a spectacular beach front. With a wide choice of gourmet cuisines, a Goan style beach shack, an infinity pool with a chilled out pool bar and a happening hookah lounge, this is an ideal place to unwind.
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Zest Big Beach
  Valluvar Medu Bahour Commune Panchayat
INR 5629
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As the heart of this quaint little beach town is the comfort and convenience of the Sunway GRT Grand. With an Indo-French ambiance mixed with traditional South Indian Hospitality, the Sunway GRT Grand is perfect for leisure and business tourists seeking lavish accommodation and indulging amenities. It also makes a perfect venue for banquet parties, conventions and conferences. Impeccable service and luxuriant living amidst beautiful and serene surroundings await you at the Sunway GRT Grand.
8.0 VeryGood
The Sunway GRT Grand
  100 Feet Road
INR 3013
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Nestled up in a serene, secret place in the outskirts of Pondicherry, the Castle Farm is an escape into a world that is perfectly in sync with nature. Synonymous to the city of Pondicherry where past meets future, at this farm house you will see the serenity take you back in time while the little comforts of the modern era make the experience complete. Things that Pondicherry is typically known for, Auroville, the beach and the city itself are just a stone?s throw away. Welcome to a refreshing, rejuvenating experience at one of the best farm house in Pondicherry
Prince Park Resort
  Auroville road
INR 2108
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This icon of hospitality is located in the heart of Pondicherry and is a perfect choice for the discerning traveler. It also has a beautiful roof top swimming pool that offers a mesmerizing panoramic view!
8.0 VeryGood
Hotel Atithi
  S. V. Patel Salai
INR 4812
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Le Royal Park, 2.6 km from railway station, offers facilities like multi-purpose halls, gym, swimming pool, kids' pool, restaurant and bar.
Le Royal Park
  Kamaraj Salai
INR 2590
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Barely a 5-minute drive from Puducherry Railway Station and Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the hotel offers massage, tour desk and free Wi-Fi.
9.0 Superb
Anantha Heritage Hotel
  Rue Perumal Koil
INR 6567
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The Saints Resort is one of the leading star facilities beach resorts in Pondicherry, India. Located on the extremely popular but still beautiful Pondicherry Beach.
St. James Court Beach Resort
  Opp.Pondicherry Engineering College
INR 2784
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Set in the heart of French Quarters, this guest house a stone's throw away from the waterfront promenade is a home away from home.
9.0 Superb
L'Escale
  Puducherry
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Tucked uniquely amidst the hustle and bustle of Pondicherry is the exquisite Heritage Villa - Hotel du Parc. Magically located within a stroll's distance from the Bharathi Park, Scenic Beach boulevard, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Museum and the city's beautiful shopping hub, Du Parc takes living and dining to a new dimension.
8.0 VeryGood
Hotel Du Parc
  Puducherry
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The marvelous 18th century architecture of this mansion and its Creole cuisine takes you back to a graceful era that combines the very essence of Pondicherry.
8.0 VeryGood
Hotel De LOrient
  Puducherry
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This elegant hotel, walking distance from the beach, has an outdoor pool, a poolside lounge, a rooftop restaurant and a spa for you to unwind. Its perfect location allows you to indulge in an activity of your choice, just blocks away-be it the beach, shopping at Mission Street or a more peaceful vibe at Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
9.5 Exceptional
Palais De Mahe
  Door No: 4, R.S NO: 239, Rue De bussy Street (Lal bah door sastri Road)
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Anandha Inn is a 3-star property and has well equipped rooms and suites which are centrally air conditioned with temperature control facility. Hotel Anandha Inn is located in the heart of Pondicherry, The place where the hotel is situated is at walkable distance to the sea beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram as well. The hotel offers first rate accommodation to the guests. The Anandha Inn Hotel has well appointed luxury rooms and suites. The suites have a private room and a visitor hall which is provided with separate path rooms. The Travel desk is always happy to help you on your travel needs which includes air port pick up and drop, local sight seeing trips and visiting any other place of your interest. The hotel is ideal for travelers who want comfortable accommodation near the heart of Pondicherry.
8.1 VeryGood
Anandha Inn
  S.V. Patel Road
INR 2408
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This elegant boutique stay is a perfect mix of modernity and history. Enjoy the pool view and the convenient location.
La Villa Puducherry
  Puducherry
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This cosy home away from home is perfect if you want to cook your own food in the shared kitchen or meet people travelling from different places in the common garden area or terrace. The colourful paintings in each room are also something to marvel at.
9.0 Superb
La Maison Radha
  Puducherry
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Enjoy the wonderful views and the hospitality at this quaint little heritage property. Dine at the on-site restaurant while you look at the sea from this well-located property.
8.0 VeryGood
Villa Bayoud
  Puducherry
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Walking distance from Sri Aurobindo Ashram and close to the city centre, enjoy the comfort of Villa Helena's vintage-styled, spacious rooms.
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Mango Hill, a gracious Indian hotel with an unmistakable French touch, located on a hill planted with mango and cashew trees between Pondicherry and Auroville, on the Bay of Bengal. An “ecofriendly” haven of serenity just outside the city, where Parisian savoir-faire meets the charm of the Indian countryside.
7.0 Good
Hotel Mango Hill
  Puducherry
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Set in the heart of the colonial 'White Town', Villa Shanti is a delicate blend of tradition and modernity; soak up the warmth of traditional French architecture blended with all modern conveniences. Enjoy your day soaking up the sun at the beaches in Pondicherry, explore the wonderful city that Pondicherry is or just choose to relax amidst the plush environs of the Resort.
9.0 Superb
La Villa Shanti
  Puducherry
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Why Visit ?
Puducherry Museum: On the ground floor look especially for the Chola, Vijayanagar and Nayak bronzes, and the pieces of ancient Greek and Spanish pottery and amphorae (storage vessels) excavated from Arikamedu, a once-major trading port a few kilometers south of Pondicherry.
Timings: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm. Monday holiday.
Fees: Rs.10 per head. Rs.50 per head for foreigners.

Churches: Pondicherry has one of the best collections of over-the-top cathedrals in India. Make sure to grace their beauty with your presence!

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: General visits to the main ashram building on Marine St are cursory - you just see the flower-festooned samadhi of Aurobindo and the Mother, then the bookshop, then you leave. Collective meditation around the samadhi from 7.25pm to 7.50pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is open to all. The ashram's Bureau Central has interesting exhibitions on the lives and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Sita: This Franco-Indian cultural center runs a host of activities and classes for adults and kids, and visitors are welcome to join. You can try Indian or French cooking, Bharatanatyam or Bollywood dance, Kolam making, Mehendi (henna 'tattoos'), Yoga, Ayurveda and more. For most activities, it's possible to do a single session.
Timings: Single class Rs.250 ? Rs.1000
Address: 22 Candappa Moudaliar Street

Seafront: Escape from traffic between 6pm and 7.30am at the Seafront on Goubert Ave, where it has been banned by the city council. Enjoy a killer stroll at dusk and dawn.

Satsang: Deservedly popular for its excellent Continental cuisine, Satsanga, like most places in this genre, offers a full Indian menu as well. It's especially strong on steaks, fish, prawns and pâtés. There are good vegetarian options too, and the homemade bread and butter go down a treat.

Kasha Ki Aasha: Serving a great pancake breakfast, good lunches and delicious cakes on the pretty rooftop of this colonial-house-cum-craftshop-cum-cafe. Fusion food includes chips with chutney, 'European-style thali' and 'Indian enchilada'. The heat in some dishes has been dialed back for Western tastes, but it's all tasty.

Kalki: Beautiful, jewel-coloured silk and cotton clothes, as well as incense, essential oils, handmade-paper products and more, nearly all made at Auroville.
Languages spoken: English, Tamil, French.
Currency: Indian Rupee.
Climate: Mostly humid except for a few winter months.
Connectivity: Mobile connectivity should not be a problem in this city. 
Trivia: The novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel and its namesake movie by Ang Lee is partially set in Pondicherry. 

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