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Visit Pondicherry to Witness the City’s Rich French History
History of Pondicherry
Places of attraction in Pondicherry
Auroville: Auroville, meaning the ‘city of dawn’ is an experimental community that is located 8 kilometers north- west to Pondicherry on the East Coast Road. It was founded by The Mother, in 1968 who was a follower of Sri Aurobindo Ghose. The designer of this beautiful township was French architect named Roger Anger. The purpose of Auroville was to create a universal community where people of all countries could live in peace and progressive harmony, by abolishing the concepts of creed, politics and all nationalities. The main attractions of the town are the Solar Kitchen, Lotus shaped- urn and the golden dome of meditation, the Matri mandir.
The French War Memorial: Located on Goubert Avenue, the Memorial was erected 1971, for those brave soldiers who died during the First World War. The best day to visit this memorial is on the 14th July, Bastille Day when the memorial is illuminated with candles and elegant lights to pay homage to the brave martyrs.
Aayi Mandapam: It is a white monument built when Napoleon III was Emperor of France. It is located in Bharti Park, which is a park that is the centre of the old colonial town. The monument is memorial of the provision of water to the city during the French occupation. The monument is named Ayi, after the lady courtesan who destroyed her own house to erect a water basin to make water supply easily accessible to all parts of the city.
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