Interesting tourist attractions in Pondicherry (Puducherry) | How to reach Pondicherry
Puducherry is a Union Territory which has links with the origins of three states. National and International tourists visit this place throughout the year. This place was under French rule for a long time. So the structures and culture has the flavor of French. Of all the places, the Ashram established by Aurobinbo Ghosh has much importance. Tourists visit this place compulsorily. Other attractions are the beautiful beaches, French architecture and the nearby Tiruvannamalai. Generally the weather is very hot here. Tourists get the feeling that they are on a foreign land. People from 35 countries can be seen here. Peaceful life style of the people is fascinating.
This was established in the year 1920. Aurobindo Ghosh was a great poet and a philosopher. This is a perfect center for meditation. This Ashram has 1200 members including 400 students. The Ashram is running various small scale industries for the benefit of these members. The surroundings of the Ashram are pleasant and peaceful. Visitors are allowed in to the Ashram at fixed times daily. Every year International Yoga Festival is held here. People who follow Aurobindo Ghosh participate in this festival in more numbers.
Another important building in Puducherry is Pondicherry Museum. Many ancient valuable things can be seen here. There is special French division in this museum. This helps the visitors to know about the French culture. Many things used by the French rulers are preserved here. Many snail shells are also been exhibited in this museum.
Beautiful sea shore
Promenade beach is situated in the north side of Puducherry. One and a half kilometer length sea shore is very convenient for the visitors to enjoy. This is the most famous beach in India. Bike riding facilities are provided here. Tourists can also see the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and other beautiful constructions.
Aroville town is situated at a distance of 10kms from Puducherry. Total number of people in this town is 2170 till the end of April, 2010. Speciality about this town is that all the residents here are foreigners. They belong to 35 different countries. This town is specially designed for foreigners. This was formulated by Mataji Mirra Alfasa in 1930 and was designed by Roger Anger. This proposal was sent to the Government by Sri Aurobindo Society and they approved it. Then it was sent to the UNESCO General Assembly. The proposal got the approval from them also. This town was built to accommodate 50,000 foreigners. This was built as a symbol for the unity of people of the world. ‘Matri Mandir’, a prayer hall is built in the middle of the town. The shape of this prayer hall is unique.
How to reach Pondicherry from Chennai
Chennai city is at a distance of 135kms from here. Buses are available from Chennai to Puducherry. While going by train one has to get down at Villupuram station.