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  •  Hotel 5 
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Rs.15,953

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Pondicherry

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  •  Hotel 5 
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Rs.17,858

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Things to Do in Pondicherry

  • Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    Built before the 15th century, the ancient Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple is located 400 metres away from the Bay of Bengal in White Town, Pondicherry. This shrine is dedicated to Bhavaneshar Ganapathy – a form of Lord Ganesha, who is known as the remover of obstacles. In Tamil, manal means pond and kulam means sand. When the temple was made, there was a pond full of sand close to it; hence, the name Manalkulam was given to the religious edifice.

    Spread over an area of 7913 sq ft, this quaint shrine flaunts beautifully constructed mandapam, raja gopuram and prahara – the area where idols of other deities are placed. Measuring 18 feet in height, the gold plated kodikambam is a spectacular architectural highlight of this temple. The walls of this religious edifice have been decorated with intricate paintings that depict significant events from Hindu mythology. The rich architectural beauty of the shrine is enhanced by a golden vimanam and a golden kavasam.

    The idol of Lord Ganesha – the main deity of this shrine rests on a golden chariot. The use of teak wood and gold racks gives an exquisite look to the chariot. You will be amazed to know that around 7.5 kilograms gold has been used in the making of the chariot. Every year during Dussehra, this chariot is carried out so that devotees can seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha on the day of Vijayadashmi.

    An ancient story associated with the temple states that almost 300 years ago, a saint named Thollaikkathu Siddhar attained samadhi in the premises of this pious site. Since then, it is believed that bringing newborn babies to this shrine before taking them to any other shrine is auspicious. Many festivals are celebrated in this religious complex throughout the year. Brahmothsavam is one of the major annual festivals celebrated here (August and September). Devotees and tourists come here from all corners of the country to seek blessings of the deity and to admire the splendour of this prominent place of worship."

  • French Institute of Pondicherry

    Declared a 'National Treasure of India' by the Government of India, the French Institute of Pondicherry is an interesting place to visit. Inaugurated in the year 1955 as Institut Français d'Indologie, this educational institute has been established in accordance with the Treaty of Cession of French Territories in India.

    In present times, this research centre is jointly supervised by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It is an integral part of a network of 27 research centres associated with MAEE, and is registered in the World Memories of UNESCO.

    This financially autonomous education centre carries out research and training in the fields of Indology, Social Sciences and Ecology. It strives to fulfil two primary missions - Promotion of Knowledge and Training through Scientific Events, Exhibitions, Seminars and Publications. In addition to updated scientific laboratories, the French Institute of Pondicherry houses a library that is stocked with around 60000 books and e-books as well as 800 journals. Owing to its educational prominence in India and abroad, it is visited by scholars and tourists from all parts of the world year-round.

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How to Reach Pondicherry

By Air

The airport at Pondicherry can accommodate landing of a small aircraft only and has flights coming in from Bangalore and Hyderabad. However, you can get a connecting flight if you are coming from Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Chennai is the second nearest domestic as well as international airport which is approximately 135 kilometres away from Pondicherry. The Chennai airport is well connected to all major cities across the globe. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a private taxi to reach Pondicherry.


By Bus

There are several buses that ply frequently from Chennai, Thanjaur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Madurai to Pondicherry. Both private and state-owned buses are available. The bus fare will depend upon the distance covered.


By Train

The nearest rail station from Pondicherry is Villupuram, which is about 35 kilometres away from the town. The railhead is well-connected to cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Trivandrum. Two of the most popular trains are New Delhi Pondicherry Express and Nagarcoli Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi that will drive you to the city.

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Best Time to Visit Pondicherry

The airport at Pondicherry can accommodate landing of a small aircraft only and has flights coming in from Bangalore and Hyderabad. However, you can get a connecting flight if you are coming from Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Chennai is the second nearest domestic as well as international airport which is approximately 135 kilometres away from Pondicherry. The Chennai airport is well connected to all major cities across the globe. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a private taxi to reach Pondicherry.

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