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Time Travel in Pondicherry: 5 Must-Visit Historical Landmarks

Updated: Jul 4

Pondicherry isn't just about cafes. While the city boasts lovely coffee spots to visit, much more is waiting to be discovered. Wondering what else to see besides the cafes? Whether you are a history enthusiast exploring landmarks or someone who likes strolling through beaches, it offers something for every taste. Here is a list of popular historical sites you could consider visiting on your next trip to Pondicherry. Get ready for a journey filled with cultural richness and natural beauty.

1. Mahatma Gandhi Statue

Mahatma Gandhi Statue - Historical Landmark in Pondicherry

This well-known tourist destination offers a peaceful spot, where you can reflect on the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. Let us also tell you that it is the 3rd tallest effigy of India’s great leader and is built of black marble. Full of lush greenery, this area invites you to reflect deeply on Gandhi's principles of non-violence, harmony, and social justice. With no entry fee, you can spend quality time, while enjoying a meaningful and enriching experience. If this is something that interests you, wait no more. Look for some cozy hotel rooms in Pondicherry and start planning your vacation. 

2. French War Memorial

French War Memorial - Historical Landmark in Pondicherry

Located in the French Town of Pondicherry, The French War Memorial is a quiet place for you to commemorate the French soldiers who laid their lives to rest during World War I. Adjacent to Hotel Auro Maison, it is one of the most popular spots in Pondicherry, where you can walk around the serene garden and discover the stories of people who bravely served their nation. Won’t it be a memorable and touching experience to visit this historical site? 

3. Botanical Garden

The botanical garden was established in Pondicherry in 1826 by the French. The 22-acre large green oasis has 298 species of trees, some of which are more than 100 years old, flower beds, and over 1500 varieties of exotic plants. This garden is perfect for a family outing, with toy train rides, musical fountains, a Japanese rock structure, and whatnot. After exploring this serene place, you can relax and unwind in one of the many beautiful hotel rooms in Pondicherry, ensuring a pleasant stay during your visit.


4. Our Lady of Angels Church

Our Lady of Angels Church - Historical Landmark in Pondicherry

‘Our Lady of Angels Church’ stands as a majestic symbol of colonial heritage, that not only captivates tourists with its historical charm but also envelops them in a serene ambiance. Being one of the most iconic landmarks in Pondicherry, it attracts people from all over the world. The tranquil setting encourages both – the worshippers and the visitors to pause and meditate amidst peaceful surroundings. A visit here will surely be a calming and reflective experience for you and your loved ones. 


5. Pondicherry Museum

If you are an art lover or a history enthusiast, this place is for you. Located on Saint Louis Street, near Hotel Auro Maison, the museum offers a beautiful collection of sculptures, coins, artifacts, etc. from French colonial times. Notably, this museum has been ranked as one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes, adding to its cultural significance. 

These were some handpicked historical places you can consider visiting on your next trip to Pondicherry. Each of these spots is a testament to the town's cultural richness and historical significance, ensuring a memorable staycation filled with exploration and relaxation. For a relaxing and convenient stay during your visit, make a reservation at Hotel Auro Maison. Situated near all the renowned tourist spots, including White Town, the hotel offers a tranquil atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle. So, when are you planning to book hotel rooms in Pondicherry and enjoy exploring these historical gems?


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