Puducherry is an ideal place for industrial visit , pudducherry offers lots of industrial establishments ranging from biotechnology to textile manufacturing units for industrial tour, the major players in the region includes MRF, Lucus-TVS, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Hindusthan National Glass & Industry ltd, Honda Siel Power Products Ltd, Berger Paints India Ltd, Skol Breweries Limited, GM Pens International Ltd, etc.
A French colony up to 1954, Puducherry (earlier known as Pondicherry) is a small conclave in India that retains a distinctly French ambience and culture.
This small, quiet Union Territory is well known for its fine cuisine and good hotels.
The Ashram founded by Sri Aurobindo, the well-known philosopher, attracts thousands of people from all over the country and abroad who come here to learn yoga and to meditate. Puducherry is definitely a place to unwind for a great weekend getaway from Chennai or Bengaluru.
Sights to See
Conceived in 1826, the Botanical Gardens boast of a variety of rare and exotic plants from India and abroad. The aquarium inside has rare varieties of ornamental fish and affords a glimpse into the coastal fishing methods adopted in Puducherry. Tel: 0413 2228218.
Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus
This Church on the South Boulevard is dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus. It is noted for its Gothic architecture. Stained glass corridors and panels depict events from the life of Jesus Christ.
The 1,500-metre promenade along the Goubert Avenue on the coast has many of Puducherry’s little delights lined up. The Gandhi Memorial with its light carved pillars, French war memorial, the 29-metre high light house and the glistening beach are some of the sights to interest tourists.
Across the road from the Raj Niwas, the official residence of the Lt. Governor of Puducherry, is the well-laid out Government Park with flowers, lawns and fountains, one of them dating back to the period of Napolean III.
Founded in 1827, the library has a collection of 30,000 volumes and a large number of periodicals in French, English and Tamil. A few rare books form part of its collection.Manakula Vinayagar Temple
This Ganesh temple is situated on M.V. Street. Every Friday, people gather here to seek divine blessings for their new ventures. Tel: 0413 2336544.
Established in 1955, this is a research centre for Indian languages and culture. The scientific and technical section prepares vegetation maps, maps of soil types, geology and lithology of India.
Museums and Art Galleries
Located opposite the Government Park, the museum provides glimpses into Puducherry’s rich past and present. The sculpture gallery contains some specimen of the Pallava and Chola art from the Pondicherry and Karaikal area. The Archaeological section displays a collection of famous finding from Arikamedu, such as Roman pottery, burial urns, etc. The French gallery is the most interesting part of the museum and provides a glimpse of an office room,
drawing room, dining room and bed room with furniture typical of the French India. The other sections of the museums are Archaeology, Geology, Bronze images, Arms, Handicrafts and Arts. Timings: 9.40 am to 1 pm and 2 to 5.20 pm. Mondays closed.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Known as the centre of Integral Yoga, the Ashram was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo, a patriot, philosopher and savant. The Ashram symbolises the ideals of Sri Aurobindo and Mother. The activities of the Ashram include agriculture, industries art and culture. The samadhi, the final resting place of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is always decorated with flowers and attracts a large number of devotees. Tel: 0413 2233649/650
- Hindusthan National Glass & Industry ltd
- Honda Siel Power Products ltd
- Berger Paints India ltd
- Pondicherry Spinners limited
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Auroville (10 km): The small township of Auroville or the “City of Dawn” was conceived as a tribute to the poet philosopher Sri Aurobindo. Designed by a French architect, Roger Arger, it is an entirely new concept in education and urban living. There are about 40 odd settlements encircling a central focus called the Matrimandir. These settlements are engaged in a great variety of activities including afforestation, farming, education and handicrafts. The total area of Auroville is about 50 sq km. No local transport is available inside the township. A conducted tour of Auroville, thrice a week, from Boutique d’ Auroville, 12 Nehru Street, Pondicherry, takes interested visitors around the various settlements of Auroville. Accommodation in Auroville is available in three guest houses called “Fraternity”, “Swagatham”, and “Utility Repose” for a charge of Rs 30 per head per day, which covers food and lodging.
Arikamedu (6 km): Recent excavations at some sites in this place have unearthed Roman coins, wire jars, etc., establishing it as one of the earliest Indo-Roman trading centres (around 2nd century AD). Further evidences show that it was also a Buddhist stronghold.
Mandagupattu (50 km): This is the location of the first Pallava cave temple dedicated the Hindu trinity – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. Called Lakshitayatana, it was built during the reign of Pallava King Mahendra Varman I (580-630 AD).
Tiruvakkarai (23 km): Large fossil-bearing areas were fenced in to create the country’s first-national fossil wood park here. These petrified trees lying scattered on low mounds and stream sections could be dated back to the Cretaceous age (100 million year ago). The Chandramouliswara temple dating back to the Chola period is an added attraction for being a monument of great architectural grandeur.
How would you like to travel?
- 303 km from Bengaluru
- 70 km from Chidambaram
- 130 km from Kanchipuram
- 165 km from Chennai
- 100 km from Mamallapuram
- 170 km from Thanjavur
- 100 km from Tiruvannamalai
- 196 km from Trichy (via Vriddachalam)
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