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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Spiritual Center
“Any time any day you can go there for your meditation. On your birthday you can have meditation in the room of Sri Aurobindo.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Lovely ambiance with good food and a wonderful place to relax and have a drink..”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Excellent patisserie/cakes/Sandwich/snacks, but a little on the pricey side”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“ Sit in this park by yourself or with your companion. Catch a game of badminton in the center or watch other play... Hear the birds chirp and leaves fall... ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Temple
“Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is said to have been established almost 5 centuries ago. Situated behind the Raj Niwas, the sanctum is enshrined with a grand idol of Vinayaka called Vellakkaran Pillai. The temple attracts a large number of devotees especially on the 18th day of Brahmotsavam festival. Vinayaka Chaturthi is another major festival here celebrated with great zest and fervor. However, the temple is not without a legend. According to the myth, a Frenchman with several frantic attempts tried to remove the Ganesha idol from the temple. But each time the idol was removes, it reappeared on its own. Persuaded with the power of the idol, the Frenchman converted as an ardent devotee of the lord. The timings of the temple are Morning: 5:45 AM to 12:30 PM and Evening: 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“The beautiful Pondicherry beach - you should not miss a sunrise at rock beach before leaving Pondy.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Department Store
“Casablanca is a stylish multi-brand stores that offers apparels, cosmetics, accessories, bags, mugs etc... but my personal favorite are the beach flipflops.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good place to go out for drinks and sometimes to shake a leg or two. They have parties on the weekends.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Vacation Rental
“Known as the French Colony of Pondicherry, White Town is a residential area in town which boasts of an interwoven culture of the Tamils and the primal French families. Flaunting cobblestone streets and mustard yellow houses, the colony retains the old world charm, daintiness and also the architecture of ancient French Quarters. Most of these have been converted into heritage hotels, restaurants, quirky cafes and art galleries. The buildings are mostly painted in pale yellow colour or shades of it and the well paved clean pathways are lined with shady trees. Known to be the former headquarters of the French, White Town is borrows a lot from the foreign culture, which is also the highlight of the place. In addition to that, it is known for its elegant but expensive market which mostly comprises of boutiques, high-end brands and personalized goods’ stores. Most of these stores are still run by French nationalists. Besides, you can also find home decor and antique furniture shops here. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“If you are in need of any groceries, fruits, vegetables this is a one stop for the needs”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great Place for Pizzas. Do visit them or do a take away. Usually very crowded.”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“In door & out door seating options available with a very typical Pondicherry French setting that is chilled out and offers delicious French food for all palates.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“South indian delight! Best Dosa & sambar vada in town. You can have breakfast, lunch, snack time or dinner in this restaurant.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“A typical South Indian Lunch (minus bana leaf!), or just the good ol dosa, idly, upma etc etc. Ladies - shop for cheap road side clothes if u have the patience! Very few shops - Bargain well!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Hotel
“Lovely ambiance with good food and a wonderful place to relax and have a drink..”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good place to go out for drinks and sometimes to shake a leg or two. They have parties on the weekends.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great Place for Pizzas. Do visit them or do a take away. Usually very crowded.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
“In door & out door seating options available with a very typical Pondicherry French setting that is chilled out and offers delicious French food for all palates.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“South indian delight! Best Dosa & sambar vada in town. You can have breakfast, lunch, snack time or dinner in this restaurant.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“A typical South Indian Lunch (minus bana leaf!), or just the good ol dosa, idly, upma etc etc. Ladies - shop for cheap road side clothes if u have the patience! Very few shops - Bargain well!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A multi-cuisine restaurant that has a very casual ambience. Good food and beverage is served and its a perfect place to chill out with friends or family in their huts designed to have a private time within your group.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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