Puducherry (Pondicherry) attractions

Ashram in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a French-born woman, ‘the Mother’, this famous spiritual community has about 2000 members in its many departments. Aurobindo's teachings focus on 'integral yoga' that sees devote…
Museum in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Puducherry Museum

Goodness knows how this converted late-18th-century villa keeps its artefacts from disintegrating, considering there’s a whole floor of French-era furniture sitting in the South Indian humidity. On the ground floor …
Waterfront in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Pondy is a seaside town, but that doesn’t make it a beach destination; the city’s sand is a thin strip of dirty brown that slurps into a seawall of jagged rocks. But Goubert Ave (Beach Rd) is a killer stroll, especi…
Library in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Institut Français de Pondichéry

This grand 19th-century neoclassical building is also a flourishing research institution devoted to Indian culture, history and ecology. Visitors can browse books in the beach-facing library.
Hindu Temple in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Pondy may have more churches than most Indian towns, but the Hindu faith still reigns supreme. Pilgrims, tourists and the curious get a head pat from the temple elephant at this centuries-old temple dedicated to Gan…
Church in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Notre Dame des Anges

Looking out to sea, past a statue of Joan of Arc (opposite), Notre Dame des Anges was completed in 1855, and is arguably Pondy's most attractive church. Two unembellished towers complete the orange-pink domed exteri…
Library in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

École Française d'Extrême-Orient

This handsome heritage building and library is home to over 11,000 Indology books and a series of Sanskrit, Tamil and Manipravalam palm-leaf manuscripts. Visitors are free to explore the building.
Cathedral in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Begun in 1779 but not completed until 1791, this splendid Jesuit church (in whites, blues and yellows) is reminiscent of Goa's Portuguese-style churches, and has pairs of columns on its facade.
Notable Building in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Raj Nivas

Once home to Governor Dupleix, the neoclassical governor's residence looks out over Bharathi Park from the north. You can't go inside.
Church in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Sacred Heart Basilica

Inaugurated in 1907, the Sacred Heart Basilica is a soaring brown-and-white neo-Gothic structure beautified by restored stained glass.