Best Things To Do in Puducherry, India

Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The city is a perfect amalgamation of spiritual aura, colonial heritage, Tamil culture and the cosmopolitan lifestyle boasting tree-lined boulevards, colonial heritage buildings, spiritual sceneries, endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, backwaters and a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines.

The best way to take in the modern heritage and spiritual culture of the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Puducherry which include heritage buildings with a significant French influence like Alliance Francaise de Pondicherry, Foyer Du Soldat, French Consulate, French Institute, Lycee Francais and a number of memorials and monuments like Aayi Mandapam, Ambedkar Mani Mandapam, Dupleix Statue and the French War Memorial. One can get a better understanding of the history of the town at museums like the Pondicherry museum, Bharathidasan Museum and archaeological sites like Arikamedu. Puducherry is also home to some of the best beaches in the country like Auroville Beach, Paradis Beach, Promenade Beach, Serenity Beach and other attractions like Bharati Park, Botanical Gardens and Ousteri Lake. The unique attractions and the colonial influence on the town, add more to the existing charm of the city, making it one of the most sought after travel destinations.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Puducherry, India

Must see places in Puducherry ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Puducherry tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 4804 times in trip plans
    Paradise Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area, Food And Drinks

    Address: Pudukuppam, Pondicherry, Pondicherry UT, 605007

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Although there are no Sand beaches in Pondi, there are a few around which are worth the trip. The best of these is perhaps the Paradise beach. Interestingly, the beach is on an island and it can only ...Read more

  2. # 2 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 4829 times in trip plans

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Waterfront, View Point

    Address: Beach Rd, Mandapathur, Puducherry 609307

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you are going to Pondicherry some one or the other is bound to recommend you to go to “Beach road” and may be some of you might have been disappointed by the fact that there is no beach...Read more

  3. # 3 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 4097 times in trip plans
    The Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Cardinal De Beausset St, M.G. Road Area, Puducherry, 605001

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    If you happen to see the Sacred heart Church you won’t be able to help but go in. the building itself is so strinking that tourists will not be able to resist its charm. The Jesuit church is a p...Read more

  4. # 4 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 4285 times in trip plans
    Eglise De Notre Dame Des Anges

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Walking Area, Architecture

    Address: Dumas street and, Surcoof St, Puducherry

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    This fairly simple and quite elegant church on Dumas road in Pondicherry is most definitely a must see. the name of the church translated to The Church of Our Lady of the Angles. Truly, this baby pink...Read more

  5. # 5 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 3084 times in trip plans
    Chunnambar Boat Ride

    Tags: Outdoors, River, Leisure, Boating

    Address: National Highway 45A, Ariyankuppam, Nonankuppam, Puducherry 605007

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Although Pondicherry has its own friendly neighborhood lake, a boat ride in a river is something quite unique. The Chunnambar River is open for rides from 9 am to 5 pm every day. The river ride is an ...Read more

  6. # 6 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 2531 times in trip plans
    Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    Address: VaradarajaPerumalKovil St, Thirupapuliyur, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu 607002

    Timings: 06:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The VaradarajaPerumal Temple is a very important Hindu religious spot in the town of Pondicherry. Even though tou will be able to see temples around the place, none are as prestigious and as revered a...Read more

  7. # 7 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 4266 times in trip plans
    Bharathi Park

    Tags: Garden, Park, Walking Area, Leisure

    Address: Bharati Park, Puduchchery (According to google)

    Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Bharathi Park is a beautiful garden area in the middle of the town of Pondicherry. The pretty little park is visited by tourists and especially families for a refreshing break during a busy day of sig...Read more

  8. # 8 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 1048 times in trip plans
    Pondicherry Museum

    Tags: Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Archaeological Site

    Address: St Louis St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Puducherry museum may be tiny but it is a must visit while here. What the museum lacks in size it makes up for in creativity. The miniscule place is a huge source of information. If you want to know m...Read more

  9. # 9 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 990 times in trip plans
    Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    Address: Marine St, White Town, Puducherry

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    If you are a spiritual person, you will love to visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In many ways the Ashram and the philosophy behind it make it a very important part of the city̢۪s identi...Read more

  10. # 10 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 1672 times in trip plans
    Pondicherry Botanical Garden

    Tags: Outdoors, Botanical Garden, Leisure, Architecture

    Address: Botanical Garden, MaraimalaiAdigalSalai, Ambedkar Nagar, Orleanpet, Pondicherry

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This botanical garden has existed in the area since colonial times. The charming town of Pondicherry has the perfect tropical weather for a botanical garden. This old and much visited attraction will ...Read more

  11. # 11 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 1191 times in trip plans

    Tags: Garden, Walking Area, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu

    Timings: 09:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Auroville, strictly speaking, is not a tourist attraction. It is a calm and peaceful community, dedicated to the unity of people. But it is precisely for this that it is a place worth seeing. Spread o...Read more

  12. # 12 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 3313 times in trip plans
    Auroville Beach

    Tags: Beach, Leisure

    Address: Tamil Nadu 605101

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    You will find the Auroville Beach once you take the road towards the famous location of Auroville. From dawn to dusk, this stunning beach gets a lot of visitors. Not only to tourists but to the local ...Read more

  13. # 13 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 1997 times in trip plans
    Ousteri Lake

    Tags: Off Road, Water Body, Restaurant, Lake

    Address: Osudu Lake, Puducherry. (Local Name)

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Ousteri Lake or Ousudu Lake in Pondicherry is an idyllic spot to visit in the town. At one point of time in the past, it used to be the source of drinking water for the whole town. This gives it treme...Read more

  14. # 14 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 3528 times in trip plans
    Serenity Beach

    Tags: Beach, View Point, Walking Area, Leisure

    Address: Kottakuppam, Puducherry 605101

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you are looking for some beach action not far from the charming town of Pondi, this is the best place to seek out. The Beach lives up to its name and provides for the much needed serenity on your l...Read more

  15. # 15 of 132 Things To Do in Puducherry | Added 3313 times in trip plans
    Church Of Our Lady Immaculate Conception

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: 204, Mission Street, Near V.O.C School, Mission Street, Puducherry, 605001 ‎

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    Although this church is lesser known, it is well worth the visit. The church is grand and imposing inside and out. The tall white building with its pretty curving arches is one of Pondicherry’s ...Read more

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