Puducherry is the house for foreigners from 35 countries | Beaches, churches and French architecture greets the visitors at Puducherry
Puducherry is a union territory that has its route connected to three states. National as well as international tourists visit Puducherry in large numbers all through the year. This place was under French rule for a long time and so their influence can be seen in the constructions and traditions of people of Puducherry.
An Ashram established by Arabindo Ghosh is a very important place in Puducherry. Tourists visit this ashram compulsorily. French architecture, beautiful beaches and the nearby Tiruvannamalai attract the tourists. Generally the climate here is hot.
Arabindo Ghosh established this ashram in 1920. He was a great poet and a philosopher. This is a good place for meditation. There are 400 students and 1200 members in this ashram. Ashram is conducting many cottage industries for the benefit of these members. Surroundings of Ashram are very peaceful and pleasant. Every day visitors are allowed into the ashram at fixed times. Every year International Yoga Festival is celebrated here in every January. Followers and devotees of Arabindo Ghosh participate in this festival in large numbers.
Another important place in Puducherry is the museum. Many ancient artifacts can be seen in this museum. There is a French division in this museum that helps in knowing the French culture. Many articles used by the French rulers are kept here. This museum also houses rare shells.
Beautiful Promanade beach
Promanade beach is in the north side of the town. One a half kilometer sea shore is very convenient for the tourists for bike riding etc. There is a statue of Gandhi and many beautiful constructions can also be seen.
Most important tourist spot in Puducherry is the Auroville town situated at a distance of 10 kms from Puducherry. Population of Auroville town is 2170. The special feature of this town is that all the citizens of Auroville town are foreigners. They belong to 35 countries. This town is specially constructed for foreigners. This was designed in the year 1930. Sri Aurobindo Society had sent proposals to central government about this town and it was okayed by the central government and was sent to UNESCO general Assembly. It was approved there also and the town was built for the foreigners. Auroville is designed to accommodate at least 50,000 foreigners.
Matri Mandir is located in the center of the town for meditation. The shape of this construction is very unique.
Places of interest in Puducherry
There is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh which has a golden gopuram. 40 different forms of Lord Ganesh can be seen on the walls of this temple. A church built in 1865 is also a must visit place. This is very special in the way it was constructed. Mosque in Mulla street is also very famous.
Travelling for 3 hours from Puducherry takes the visitors to Tiruvannamalai. Lord Arunachaleshwar is the deity here. A temple of Murugan is situated at a distance of 50kms from Puducherry. This temple is located on a hill. Devotees throng this temple in large numbers during March and April for the Panguni Uthiram festival.
Another temple dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva which is built by Mahendra Verma – 1, a pallava king is situated at Mandagupattu. The construction style and architecture of this temple is very beautiful and it should be visited at least once. Chidambaram town is at a distance of 112kms from Puducherry. Visiting Chidambaram will make the trip a memorable one.
Chennai is situated at a distance of 135kms from Puducherry. Buses are available from Chennai to Puducherry for every few minutes. While travelling by train, tourists have to get down at Villupuram station.