Puducherry Beaches

Pondicherry beaches are ideal for sunbathing, swimming or simply strolling on the golden sands. There are numerous places of interest in Pondicherry but the beaches of Pondicherry occupy a place of eminence among the tourist's attractions. The Union Territory of Pondicherry has a long coastline of 45 km. The virgin beaches of Pondicherry with the golden yellow sand and deep blue sea attracts tourists from all over India. The slopes of the beaches are gentle and safe for bathing and swimming.

The beaches of Pondicherry have turquoise blue waters that are cool, refreshing and soothing. Its an ideal place to spend time in seclusion far from the hustle bustle of city life. Most of the beaches in Pondicherry have cafes, resorts, cottages, and bars, which add to the charm of the place. The beaches with the splashing waves are the perfect places to relax in Pondicherry.

Pondicherry beaches are gifted with many backwater lagoons and estuaries and vast stretch of swaying palms. Chunnambar has established itself on the tourist map of India as the ultimate destination for numerous adventure sports like kayaking, canoeing, boating, and sailing. Veerampattinam Festival and Masi Magam are some of the festival celebrated by the general people on the beaches.

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Karaikal Beach

Among the four regions of the Union Territory of Pondicherry in India Karaikal occupies a place of eminence as a tourist destination. Among the natural beaches in the South Tamil Nadu, Karaikal Beach is the best. It is popular among the tourists both as a place of enjoyment and entertainment and is also the perfect place to visit for those who seek leisure, tranquility, solitude, and piousness.

Access to the Karaikal Beach has been made easy by widening the two km. road running by the side of the Arasalar River. The beach has been beautified by illuminating the road with sodium vapor lamps. For the convenience of the visitors a boat jetty has been started in the Arasalar and immovable sitting chairs are provided along the roads. The authorities have also introduced a Tennis Court, Children's Park with various types of rides, vehicles parking facility, Beach Restaurant serving several varieties of snacks and drinks.

On your trip to Karaikal Beach you can catch a magnificent view of the Arasalar river stretching out to the sea. You can also indulge in certain adventure sports like boating, canoing, kayaking etc. A round of beach volley ball with your loved ones on the Karaikal beach is also an exciting sport to indulge in. This virgin beach attracts heavy crowd comprising of all kind of local peoples and also tourists from far off places. If you want to visit Karaikal beach in Pondicherry you can avail airway, railway and roadway. The nearest airport is Trichy (Trichirapalli), nearest Railway Station is at Nagore and regular buses ply from Pondicherry.

Promanade Beach

One of the unique features of the union territory of Pondicherry is the Promanade. The Promanade Beach is one of the popular and most frequented Pondicherry beaches visited by the local people and the tourists alike.

It lies over a stretch of 1.5 kilometers or 1500 meters. On the southern end of the Promanade lies the statue of the most popular French Governor of the region, Monsieur Dupleix. Beyond the statue of the governor is the new pier that stretches along 284 meters. The port also stands near the coast. A 4.25 meters tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands on the Promanade facing the Gandhi Maidan which lies in the middle of the boulevard. The statue is surrounded by eight tall monolithic structures. The Hotel de Ville and the Mairie now popularly referred to as the Town Hall also adorns the Promanade. War memorials stand erected on the Promanade to commemorate the death of the soldiers of the French army who sacrificed their lives in the First World War. The magnificent structures remind the tourists of the glorious colonial rule of the French in the region of Pondicherry.

An evening stroll along the shoreline of the Promanade Beach is a common phenomena among the residents of the region. The shell fragments deposited along the beach are collected and preserved by the children. The boulevard is the special feature of the region and is as popular as the marine drive in Mumbai. The tourists may reach the Promanade beach through the White Town in Pondicherry.

Mahe Beach

Of the exotic Pondicherry beaches, the Mahe Beach lies in a short distance from the city of Kannur. The beach is bordered by the wooded line of palm trees. Lying close to the beach is the small hamlets of the fisher folk.

The Mahe Beach lies at a distance of twenty two kilometers to the south of the city of Kannur. The beach can be visited from the city of Calicut that lies at a distance of seventy five kilometers from Mahe Beach. The coast forms the northern strip of the the state of Kerela. A natural growth of palm trees mark the fringes of the beach creating a mesmerizing effect on the visitors of the beach.

The tourists may stroll on the Mahe Beach and enjoy the beauty of the rising and the setting sun. The tourists may encounter fishermen who live in the nearby hamlets in the morning. They can observe the early morning fishing activities of the fisher folk. Walking over the shingles and the warm sand in the Mahe Beach in Pondicherry is an exciting and thrilling experience. The children love to collect shells that dwell in abundance in the beaches in Pondicherry.

The Mahe Beach is more popular among the local people of the union territory of Pondicherry. The beach is yet to be populated and visited by the tourists who arrive from different parts of the country. The beach being undisturbed and not littered by the tourists, presents a rare virgin beauty that the other beaches lack.

Plage Paradiso Beach

Plage Paradiso Beach is one of the popular and most frequented beaches of Pondicherry. Both local people and the tourists come here to spend their time. The golden sand-beaches with deep blue waters create a magnificent sight for the visitors. After a long sunbath you can also rest in the cool shades of the palm trees.

Plage Paradiso is a lovely beach, spread at a stretch of 1.5 kilometers with golden sands and palm trees. On the shore two important monuments have been built, one is the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and the other is the War Memorial. These two monuments add to the glory of the beach. The French constructed the War Memorial in memory of the soldiers who laid their life in World War 1. Historical facts depict that a number of Anglo-French battles have been witnessed by the beach. You can also relax on the lovely beach by enjoying fishing.

Walking on the soft sand and the waves washing out the sands under your feet is an experience to be enjoyed. Collecting shells and enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding area are some of the activities you can indulge in Plage Paradiso Beach in Pondicherry. One of the striking fact about the beach is that it is undisturbed and not littered by human population. One of the common sights is the simple and rustic folk engaged in fishing in their boats.

Auroville Beach

The Auroville Beach lies in the region of Auroville in Pondicherry along the shoreline that borders the Bay of Bengal. The Auroville Beach is one of the most popular Pondicherry beaches and is commonly visited by the local people and the tourists alike.

It lies at a distance of twelve kilometers from the center of the main town of Pondicherry lying opposite the road that winds to Auroville. The beach lies by the ECR. The shore of the Auroville Beach in Pondicherry is washed by small waves. The waters of the Bay of Bengal along the Auroville Beach is shallow and offers a great opportunity of swimming to the tourists. The slope of the beach is gentle that facilitates the swimmers. The novice who are not able to swim may also enjoy a bath in the Bay of Bengal in the Auroville Beach as the beach does not have any sudden breaks that may be harmful for swimmers. The beauty of the beach is enhanced by the shell fragments and the shingles that are deposited by the waves along the beach. The children often collect the shells that vary in the shapes and colors.

Lying at a distance from the main town, the beach is mostly populated in the weekends by the local people. On the other days of the week, the Auroville Beach remains isolated. The shoreline remains undisturbed and is not littered thus making the beauty of the beach more exquisite and spectacular.

Serenity Beach

Serenity, Pondicherry has been attracting scores of tourists for its idyllic beauty. The beautiful town of Pondicherry has an exotic beach known as Serenity Beach. This virgin beach is located just a ten-minute drive from the north of the city.

The virgin beach attracts huge crowds, which consists of local people and also tourists from far off places. One can come here to swim in the crystal blue waters or simply stroll on the golden sands and collect wide range of seashells on the shores. Come and enjoy an evening stroll on the soft sands and the lovely sight of the reflection of moon on the sea.

Serenity Beach in Pondicherry gives its visitors huge scope to indulge in various adventure spots like boating, canoeing, kayaking etc. You can try something new and play a round of beach volleyball with your friends and relatives. Serenity Beach is a perfect destination for sunbathing, swimming or enjoying the sight of arrival and retreating of waves against the sandy shore. The beach is bordered by the wooded line of palm trees.

Take a walk along the azure waters of the Serenity, Pondicherry would act as a medicine for your drained out mind and body and make you fresh and energetic as before. Apart from swimming you can also enjoy by taking a ride in a catamaran on the refreshing backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. On the beach you can even shop for articles made from seashells.

Last Updated on 30 May 2013

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