Chunnambar Boat House
Chunnambar Boat House also known as Plage Paradiso is a popular boating venue and is famous for its backwaters and lush greenery on either side. Tourists can enjoy boating at the Boat House situated near the Chunnambar River. This site is located at around 8 km from the main town of Pondicherry and can be reached by bus, taxi or auto rickshaw.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a well known and wealthy ashram in India, with devotees from India and all over the world flocking to it for spiritual salvation. Its spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science. The Ashram was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo Ghose, an Indian freedom fighter, poet, philosopher, and yogi.
Mirra Alfassa (also known as ‘The Mother’) was one of Auribindos followers, who was born in Paris and was inspired by his philosophy that she stayed on in Pondicherry. After November 24, 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion, she founded his ashram (Sri Aurobindo Ashram), with a handful of disciples living around the Master. With Sri Aurobindo’s full approval she became the leader of the community, a position she held until her death. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, which she had registered after Sri Aurobindo’s death in 1950 continues to look after the institution. The idea of Auroville or the “City of Dawn” was conceived by ‘The Mother’.
Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township which is situated 8 km north-west of Pondicherry in East Coast Road. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Richard (also known as The Mother), the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Auroville was designed by the French architect Roger Anger. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. During the inauguration ceremony of Auroville on 28 February 1968, soil from 124 countries was placed in a lotus-shaped urn and mixed to symbolize universal oneness. The Government of India and UNESCO has endorsed the project.
Pondicherry Promenade Beach
Promenade Beach was once the most popular beach in Pondicherry, and a delight to both tourists and locals alike. The Promenade is on Beach Road (also known as Goubert Avenue), one of the main boulevards’s of the town, and runs along the shore for 1.5 km. The entire heritage town is within walking distance of the Promenade.
Paradise beach is located 8 km south of the town, along the Pondicherry-Cuddalore Highway. This beach can be accessed from the Chunnambar Resort. Flanked by an estuary on one side, the beach can only be accessed by boat.
Auroville beach is close to Auroville, 12 km north of the town, off the East Coast Road. Its shallow waters and small waves make it a popular place for swimming. Much of this long stretch of beach has been lost to erosion caused by the construction of groynes along the coast to the south. It is also heavily used by local fishermen, who require what remains of the beach to launch their traditional catamarans.
Serenity beach is a further drive to the north of the town.