Pondicherry is famous all over the world for its beautiful and peaceful existing right on the sea beach. There are many beaches in Pondicherry which are very popular among tourists. Pondicherry can boast of some of the cleanest and most scenic beaches in the country.
These beaches are also the locations of many thriving beach resorts which do excellent business all round the year. Pondicherry is a very famous beachside retreat, which is frequented by tourists from across the globe. It is located in India and is a Union territory. This place had been colonized by the French a long time back. Therefore, a very strong French influence can be seen in everything in Pondicherry.
Some of the most famous beaches in Pondicherry are given below.
This lies to the north of Pondicherry town and is a 10 minutes drive from the heart of the town. It absolutely lives up to its name because of the calm and serene atmosphere of this beach.
This is the perfect place for going for a swim in the sea or just sun bathing. The beachside restaurants are known to serve very delicious sea food and other local delicacies.
This lies along the Cuddalore Road at a distance of eight kilometers from Pondicherry. This place has the makings of a paradise with a creek flowing on one of its sides. People who like the outdoors can sail along this creek and pitch their tents on the beach. Tree houses are also available to spend the night in.
Cruises are arranged so that the visitors can sail out into the open waters of the sea and enjoy the sight of dolphins playing around in their natural environment,
This is farther away than the previous two beaches. It is situated at a distance of 22 km from Kannur, which is the northern coastal strip of Kerala. This is 75 km away from Calicut and is a bewitchingly beautiful beach strip which is bordered by unending rows of tall, luxuriant palm trees and is surrounded by innumerable small villagers full of fishermen.
It is an ideal beach for sunbathing, relaxation and swimming.
The Promenade Beach
This is a beach which has several monuments around it and these monuments display the rich heritage of this place. Some important monuments have been built right on the sea shore. There are many statues like those of Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, War memorial, Dupleix, etc.
There is an information centre which is located very close to the beach and most of the relevant information can be obtained here.
This is counted as one of the most beautiful beaches in Pondicherry and is the most popular beach there. It is 12 kilometers away from the town of Pondicherry, near Auroville and has very shallow waters. The shingles and shell fragments that are deposited by the sea all along this scenic beach add to its charm. Not just the tourists, but even the local population likes to visit this beach from time to time.
Although it is quite crowded over weekends, it is very quiet and deserted on weekdays. The pristine quality of the beach and the wonderful, secluded ambience can be felt here on these days.
It is the most accessible beach and a popular tourist attraction. It is famous for its beautiful sunsets.
The Arasalar River is quite nearby and joins the sea is another beautiful creation of nature. Kayaking, canoeing and angling are some of the sports that can be enjoyed here.