Top things to do in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Top Choice Cafe in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Café des Arts

This bohemian cafe would look perfectly at home in Europe, but this is Pondy, so there's a cycle rickshaw in the garden. Perfectly prepared dishes range from salads to crêpes, baguettes, omelettes and toasties. Coff…
Top Choice Continental in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Villa Shanti

Smart candlelit tables in a palm-dotted, pillared courtyard attached to a colourful cocktail bar create a casually fancy vibe at this packed-out hotel restaurant, one of Pondy's hottest dining spots. The building's …
Top Choice Continental in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Villa Helena

One of Pondy's favourite culinary teams heads up this fashionable continental-Indian eatery, launched in 2016 in a dreamy, lantern-lit patio engulfed by tropical gardens and lined with white-columned corridors. The …
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Dazzling, jewel-coloured silk and cotton fashion, as well as accessories, incense, oils, scented candles, handmade-paper trinkets and more, mostly made at Auroville, where there's another branch.
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 …
Cafe in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Kasha Ki Aasha

A friendly all-female team whips up great pancake breakfasts, lunches and cakes on the thatched rooftop of this colonial-era-house-turned-craft-shop-and-cafe, where the all-veg fusion food includes 'European thalis'…
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…
Continental in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Le Club

The steaks (with sauces like blue cheese or Béarnaise), pizzas, pastas and crêpes are all top-class at this romantically lit garden restaurant. Tempting local-themed options include creole prawn curry, veg-paneer ke…
Clothing in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Going strong since 1960, the Fabindia chain stocks stunning handmade, fair-trade products made by villagers using traditional craft techniques, and promotes rural employment. This branch has wonderful cotton and sil…