Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, situated on the south boulevard of Pondicherry in Puducherry, India, is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church. In recent years it has become one of the famous pilgrimage spots for Christians.
This 100 years old historical church is 50mts. long 48mts. wide and 18mts. high with Latin rite cross shape in aerial view is in Gothic style. 24 main columns hold the structure.Inside the church there are glass pictures of 28 saints who were related to the devotion of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This beach is a twenty minutes drive to the north of the town. Fishing boats are parked on the shore and one can see kids do summersaults off the deck. A lot of the beach is covered with creepers and the green helps cool the place.
Surfing is very popular here as the waves are bigger than the adjoining Auro Beach. For the very same reason, it is best to stick to the shore line when swimming on this stretch of sand. A surf school and cafe and even a weekend flea bazaar will entertain you when visiting.
Paradise Beach is 7 km past Pondicherry, along the Cuddalore Main Road. Located at a point where the Chunnambar River backwaters meet the Bay of Bengal, it has something for everyone. If you are the kind who likes get water on around in the waves, the sea here is not very rough.
There’s an entry fee to the boat house itself; the place has a couple of attractions for kids, like a bouncing castle and a suspiciously rickety tree house. There’s a separate ticket for boating, and kids below 5 travel free. Once you land on Paradise Beach, you can stay till the last boat leaves at 6.30 p.m
Promenade Beach is the popular stretch of beachfront in the city of Puducherry, India, along the Bay of Bengal. It is a 1.2-kilometre-long stretch in Pondicherry, starts from War Memorial and end at Dupleix Park on the Goubert Ave.
Some other attractions near promenade beach, War Memorial, Chief Secretariat, The Promenade, Le Café, Mahatma Gandhi statue, Dupleix Park
The Botanical Gardens situated in the center of the city provides a cool retreat from the oppressing heat and humidity of Pondicherry. It sprawls over a 22 acres area and here you can just relax and listen to the twittering of birds and explore the rich variety of flora here.
The Botanical Gardens is 178 years old and here you will find each and every tree or plant labeled with scientific, common and Tamil names. This has been possible due to the efforts of Department of Tourism.
The garden was started in 1826 by the French colonists on an experimental basis to analyze the crops that could be cultivated in the region.
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother decided to build the " Auroville ( The Dawn Villa )", 10 Kms from Pondicherry, were they tried to stablish a bridge between the past and the future, taking advantage of all discoveries, not only materials but also spirituals.
In an area of 20 sq. Kilometres, that could host, up to 20.000 persons, "communities" are installed dedicated to and near 2.000 persons from all over the world, that are living their dream while working, meditating and participating in the community activities In principle is not a tourist place, but all tourists in Pondichery visit, Auroville, just the visitors centre, were they explain and show you all the history, they show you a film with the most important construction moments and then you may walk to see the "Matrimandir" from the distance parts of it.
The Ashram was established in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo, a revolutionary, poet, philosopher, and Yogi, and his chief disciple and lifelong French companion, Mirra Alfassa.The Ashram is a spiritual center for the practice of Integral Yoga and is the major draw in Pondicherry.
It is one of the most popular Ashrams in India for Westerners. It is also considered one of the most affluent. Various ashram buildings, workshops, shops, and guesthouses are all around town. You can recognize the buildings by the pale grey color highlighted with white. Be sure to see the stone samadhi of Surobindo and The Mother located in the central courtyard of the main building.
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu temple in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. Dedicated to the god Ganesa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry. The temple is of considerable antiquity and predates French occupation of the territory. During the tenure of Dupleix, there were attempts to destroy the temple but the temple was finally spared owing to strong protests from the Hindu population and the threat of British and Maratha invasion of the territory.
The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the famous ancient temple is in Puducherry, a Union Territory situated in the southern part of Indian sub-continent. The temple is 400 meters West of Bay of Bengal Sea, 23 Km of North of Cuddalore and 35 Km East of Villupuram, TamilNadu