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Where to Stay in Pondicherry - Luxury Beach Resorts, Villa Hotels, and Spiritual Retreats

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Wherever you decide to stay in Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry), you'll always be within a short distance of the city's many beaches. The French Quarter is one of the most culturally rich areas and its pastel-colored colonial buildings have a rustic charm. Auroville is the hub of health, wellness, and spirituality in Pondicherry.

Promenade Beach

 

Lined with palm trees, lively Promenade Beach offers far-reaching views across the Bay of Bengal. While wandering along this 1.2 km stretch of sand, you can spot landmarks like The French War Memorial, as well as statues of Gandhi and colonial administrator Joseph François Dupleix. The beach itself is clean and flanked by interesting French architecture, so it makes a great spot for basking in the sun. The city's Botanical Gardens are nearby too, with acres of lush flowers and plants to explore.

 

French colonial design and minimalist interiors are typical in this part of the city. From beachfront guest houses to luxury hotels, there are options to suit most budgets, with the majority offering sea views.

 

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The French Quarter

 

This neighborhood was the backdrop for the film "Life of Pi", which quickly transformed it into one of the most chic places to go in Pondicherry. It has a rich cultural and historical heritage, with colorful buildings lining cobblestone streets. Raj Nivas, the Neoclassical residence of the governor of Pondicherry, is nearby, while Promenade Beach is a short stroll away.

 

You can stay in guest houses with shady verandas and colonial-era interiors, or book a room at a fashionable 4-star hotel with glass walls. There's plenty of comfortable, modern accommodation available, including hotels with swimming pools and full amenities.

 

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville

 

The vision for Auroville is based on the philosophy of the late guru Sri Aurobindo and his collaborator Mirra Richard, affectionately known as "The Mother." It's based on central tenets of peace, harmony, and unity for all - regardless of religion, race, or nationality. Considered a fully functioning city, there are lots of interesting things to do here. You can spend your time watching live performances, admiring work by local artists, or experiencing rejuvenating spa treatments.

 

Auroville's accommodation options range from hotels with air-conditioning, satellite TV, and unlimited Internet, to a serene healing center with a menu of natural therapies. If you're looking for somewhere cozy to stay, there are guest houses and B&Bs to choose between, too.

 

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Serenity Beach

 

Sandy Serenity Beach, 8 km from the center of Pondicherry, is a picturesque spot where you can spend a day splashing in the water and lying in the sun. The beach is clean and there are several restaurants in close proximity. Simplicity is the key here, so it's a good option for travelers looking for a quiet place to enjoy sea views and tranquility.

 

The seafront resorts near Serenity Beach are a big draw for travelers who stay in the area. Rustic beach villas are another option, or you can book a hotel room with an outdoor spa tub for romantic stargazing.

 

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Paradise Beach

 

Paradise Beach is accessed by boat, so you'll really feel like you're leaving the world behind when you venture here. Some ferries sail longer routes through backwaters to reach the beach, allowing you time to enjoy the scenic views. There are a few restaurants nearby, so you won't have to worry about getting hungry after playing in the waves.

 

Within a short stroll of Chunnambar Boat House, the departure point for Paradise Beach, you'll find exotic resorts and hotel villas. Staying at these laid-back places means you can keep the beach vibe going once you leave the shore.

 

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