Pondicherry travel guide

What to do in Pondicherry, India

There is not much one is expected to do at Pondicherry. You would understand this better once you get there and understand the pace of life.

But you will find some activities to do thanks to local associations such as SITA Cultural Center, a Pondicherian association which offers you a whole range of activities for tourists and inhabitants of Pondicherry. Inspired by the cultural mix of Indian and French cultures, SITA Cultural Center proposes Indian dance classes (Bollywood and Barata Natyam) but also dances from other countries like Ballet, Tango or Hip Hop.SITA Cultural Center also offers you the possibility to take Indian cooking classes, Circus classes or KalariPayat (ancient martial art from Kerala), Singing Bollywood classes or Voice Yoga to improve your voice technics. You can also participate in Tanjavur painting workshops, initiations to Ayurvedic massages or reflexology, discover Kolams and Mehendi but also enjoy a fresh and funky and wealthy rides early in the morning thanks to cycle tours.SITA Cultural Center also proposes different types of massages for wealth and well-being. Openings: 9am-12am; 2pm-7.30pmSita cultural center

You can also do some serious meditation at the Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, or going to Bharatanatyam performances that are often organized there by the Auroville Cultural Exchange (http://auroce.org) in the local temples, or at major hotels.Do keep in mind that Auroville is NOT a tourist place, and its best to go directly to the Visitors Center for more information instead of intruding into people privacy. It is also not a 'meditation center' even though everyone will tell you that. So please read up more about that place before rushing into and gawking at the place.

You can also go fishing in a Catamaran or while away your evenings at the Rocky Beach. You can also hire mopeds and go on long drives for the sandy beaches that dot the coast line. You can also experience staying in a traditional 'Parapachai' house - an affectionate name given by connoisseurs to traditional green colored houses. First class experience.

Wake Up Pondy Tour

  • 22 Candappa Moudaliar Street

From the colourful houses of the Muslim area to the Ashram and the French Touch' of Beach Road, come and enjoy the weak light.Some stops are organized to relax tired legs and make it possible for everybody to enjoy explanations. A bottle of water and a helmet are included, as well as the breakfast when you come back from the tour. Booking is required.

Artika Cafe Gallery

  • 1 Labourdonnais Street

An unique trove featuring, quirky contemporary art by Indian and French artists located in the French quarters of Pondicherry.

Casablanca and Titanic

  • Mission Street

must see shopping. the latter is a factory outlet of the former.

French Quarter Architecture

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  • the other side of the canal road to the coastline

Le Cafe

  • Goubert Avenue

A 24 hour cafe towards the north. Le Cafe on Rock Beach Road (Goubert Avenue)

La Casita, 147, Eshwaran Koil Street (near bharati street cutting), ☎ 7639405194, . La Casita is a facility created to enhance public understanding of Latin American Arts & Culture. You can try classes of Salsa, Tango, Capoeira, Bollywood, Acro Yoga. If you are looking for Fitness, Zumba Fitness Classes are held regularly as well. Spanish Language Class has been the new addition. Vertical Dance Workshops, Acrobatics and Circus Skill Workshops are held on demand. You may also check for time to time workshops on various dance and arts from Latin America.  edit

The Healing Hands Center

massage courses

(http://www.ancientmassage.com/world/india.htm). classes in ancient massage / thai massage. ten-day course and one-month professional course, runs every month and is recognized by thai (thai healing alliance international) worldwide and natural health practitioners of canada (nhpc).

Ocean Swimming Club

ocean swimming

Osc. european and tamil instructors teach health-conscious children and adults, both beginners and advanced, swimming in the ocean and in the nearby freshwater lakes.

Scuba Diving with Temple Adventures

scuba diving

Http://www.templeadventures.com/ in the oceans of pondicherry. diving is daily out in the sea from pondy harbour. centre is located in the centre of town for easy access to divers. 1 day experience can be provided for non-divers and swimmers, and padi courses offered for divers, or anyone to learn over 4 days, or as many as you like. great marine life, reefs, fish, and company.

scuba jumping

Scuba Jumping is one of the most thrilling and exciting feature of Pondi. The person will jump from a cliff straight into the sea which has a trampoline on the sea bed. This will push the person up and again he/she falls into the sea. That is Scuba jumping. You may be able to catch a fish or two during this and it is very very safe