Pondicherry is a union territory which is along the coastlines of Bay of Bengal. Also known as Pondy, this place has the history of being ruled by Dutch, Portuguese, French and British and have left their traces here. With India becoming independent, Pondy also gained its independent status. Even then, one can witness and enjoy the French architecture and their rustic lanes which have stories of the past embedded in it. One can just travel through these silent lanes and experience the lifestyle of the people there.
With just 157.7km away from Chennai, people can go on a weekend gateway from there by hiring a Chennai to Pondicherry taxi.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: This place was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa (The Mother). Several people from all over the world come here every year to visit the ashram. The Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother is also there in the ashram.
Auroville: People at a certain time after chasing all the worldly things go in search of peace and to purify their souls. And if you are one of them then, Auroville should be there on the top most of your list. Auroville helps people to relax with the help of meditation and the serene background. This place has a very positive environment and is open to all irrespective of the caste, creed, and color.
Chunnambar Boat House: One of the most popular sites for visiting is the Chunnambar Boat House. This place is located about 7 km away from Pondicherry and is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. It also has magnificent white sand beaches.
This place is ideal for a day’s outing and one can book a car rental in Chennai for commuting. After reaching the spot, people can indulge in boating and also have great picnics.
Pondy is also synonymous to the beach. The Union Territory is filled with magnificent beaches with amazing scenic beauty.
Promenade: This is one of the liveliest beaches in Pondy wherein one can enjoy taking a stroll along the waves of the ocean. Families, couples, and individuals can leisurely spend the day over at the beach.
Serenity Beach: One of the ‘Must go’ site of Pondy is the Serenity Beach. The quiet and calm environment, the golden sand and the waves of the beach can rejuvenate you after a long week of work. You can book an outstation taxi in Chennai and go there over the weekend and spend some time in this beach in peace as this beach is not all over crowded.
This Union Territory also has a few religious historical places that have been famous and frequently visited over the years.
Kanniga Parameswari Temple: Dedicated to Devi Shakti, this place is visited by devotees from all around the world every day. This temple is also an architectural beauty as this temple is built in Tamil as well French style. You can distinctly see the French touch to the temple in the stained glass windows, angel decoration, ionic columns, and arched walls and also can make out the Tamil inspired architecture in the pillar supported ceilings and also in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges: The church is dedicated to the Our Lady of Angels. This church bears its resemblance to the Basilica at Lourdes of the Southern France. There is also a magnificent statue of Our Lady holding young Jesus in her arms.
For a soul refreshing and rejuvenating experience, you can get a Chennai to Pondicherry car rental and be comfortable through the journey of it.
Stories by Avyaya