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Pondicherry is a tourist destination. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples and statues which, combined with the town planning and French style avenues in the old part of town, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. While the sea is a draw for tourists, Pondicherry no longer has the sandy beaches that once graced its coastline Moreover, the beach is one of the cleanest in India and has been selected for Blue Flag certification.

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, is one of the most important ashrams in India, founded by the renowned Freedom Fighter and spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo.[30] Auroville is an “experimental” township located 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest of Pondicherry. Other tourist places of interest are the Promenade Beach, such as the Children’s Park and Dupleix Statue, Gandhi statue, Nehru Statue, Le Café, French War Memorial, 19th Century Light House, Bharathi Park, Governors Palace, Romain Rolland Library, Legislative Assembly, Pondicherry Museum and the French Institute of Pondicherry at Saint Louis Street,Puducherry Botanical Gardens.

Chunnambar Backwater /Paradise Beach Resort is also main attraction.

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam on Manakula Vinayagar Street is a Hindu temple, which houses Lord Ganesha. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666.

Sengazhuneer Amman Temple at Veerampattinam village is one of the oldest temples in Pondicherry, which is about 7 km (4.3 mi) away from the city centre. The car festival conducted in mid-August is famous in Puducherry and other neighboring states.

Thirukaameeswarar Temple is one of the ancient temples located in a rural town called Villianur (the ancient name is Vilvanallur, from “vilva marangal niraindha nalla vur”),[32] which roughly translates as nice with archery trees is located about 10 km (6.2 mi) away (towards Villupuram) from Pondicherry. This temple is renowned as Periya Koil “Big Temple”. The prime god is Lord Shiva and the prime goddess is Goddess Kokilambigai. The pioneers] in this temple say that the age of this temple is about 1000 plus years. It is thought to have been built by one of the Chola kings. There is also a huge temple pond. The Ther Thiruvizha (chariot procession) is celebrated at this temple.

Away from the hustle and bustle of big city, Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast. Puducherry is a unique place. Many feel that it has a distinct spiritual vibration.  The sea is the soul of Pondicherry. It is not possible to leave Pondicherry without being allured by the beaches and the sea.  As you unwind and relax, don’t forget to take home the memorabilia that will remind you of the happy time. Pondicherry is stacked with options to shop. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Pondicherry and return home with memories etched in your mind.

Pondicherry welcomes you on a trip to self-care and rejuvenation. Throw your cares to the wind . Department of Tourism is planning to organise series of events in Puducherry.