Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry) is one of the nine Union Territories of India. It was ruled by the French until 1954. They ruled Pondicherry for around 280 years.
India previously had 7 UTs but on Aug 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA Government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Article 370 of the constitution of India. The J&K state was further bifurcating to two UTs i.e. the J&K Union Territory and the Ladakh Union Territory.
There is only one Airline that provides direct flight from New Delhi to Pondicherry i.e. Spicejet that too takes a minimum of 7.5 hours up to 19 hours so taking a direct flight from New Delhi is not a good option. You can opt for a better option by going to Chennai. You will get many flights for Chennai which will take much lesser time. The distance from Chennai to Pondicherry is just 150kms. You can go by Public AC/Non AC Buses, Private Taxis.
Indian coastline touches a total of 9 states and 4 Union Territories out of which one is Pondiherry. It shares its border with the Tamil Nadu state. Its land area is 483 sq km which is 1/3rd the size of Delhi. It is a small territory but has many famous beaches, Historical Monuments, Temples & Churches. Here we are going to discuss the famous 5 beaches in Pondicherry which you should not miss.
1. Rock Beach
Since the beach is covered with black stones hence it was named “Rock Beach”. It is closest to the main city and to all the major tourist attractions. It is also known as Promenade beach or Mahatma Gandhi Beach since it has Mahatma Gandhi Statue just in the front of the seaside.
Seeing the sunrise at this beach is so good. You can sit along the waves and meditate. People start walking here early morning including tourists.
2. Paradise Beach
Another name of this beach is Chunnambar Beach but it is popularly known as Paradise Beach because of its beauty. The distance of this beach from Rock Beach is around 10kms. The sand at this beach is much finer compared to Auroville Beach or Serenity Beach.
3. Auroville Beach
Auroville Beach is an eminent beach situated in Auroville, and its distance from the city center is 8 km. It is also known as Auro Beach.
You can also visit Matrimandir which is near to the beach. Matrimandir is a meditation center established by The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Advance booking is required for this. You can book by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 3 to 7 days before the date.
4. Veerampattinam Beach
The beach got its name from Veerampattinam village which is the largest coastal village in Pondicherry. The population of this village is nearly 10,000 and the distance of this beach from the city center is 9 km. There are local buses available on this route.
The beach is near to Arikamedu Archaeological Site which was once the port that traded with the Romans. Frankly telling, I went there but there is nothing much to see so unless you are a history geek, you should avoid visiting Arikamedu Archaeological Site.
5. Serenity Beach
Serenity Beach is a 15mts drive from the city center as it is at a distance of 6 km. It is one of the less crowded beaches in the town. Another name of this beach is Kotakuppam Beach, named after the Kotakuppam town.