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COVID-19 : PONDICHERRY is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 14 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to PONDICHERRY?

Entry is open from all domestic states but requires an e-pass.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • Mandatory to download Aarogya Setu application before travel.
  • All inter-state passengers travelling to Pondicherry are required to register on state website and obtain TN e-pass issued by the district collector.
  • Thermal screening to be done for all passengers
  • COVID-19 test is required for passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Gujarat & Delhi. Travellers from other states can also be tested for COVID-19 at the discretion of health officials.
  • Lockdown in Pondicherry has been extended till 30th of September, however, there are major relaxations.
  • No complete lockdown on Sundays
  • Shopping malls and large stores to be fully functional
  • Tea stalls and restaurants can be open from 6 am-8 pm for dine-in. Takeaway is allowed until 9 PM.
  • All parks and playgrounds are open for sporting activities.
  • Places of worship can be open till 8 p.m.
  • Intra-district public buses have resumed services with 50% capacity.
  • 14 days of mandatory home quarantine for all passengers travelling to Pondicherry from other states.
  • Symptomatic passengers are required to follow Institutional Quarantine till the time COVID test results are available.
Flights

Pondicherry airport is functional and receiving flights from Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Local Transport

Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Buses operational on selective routes with strict social distancing norms

The government has taken all necessary measures to keep the travellers safe. We recommend you follow the guidelines and practice good personal hygiene to stay safe and get an e-pass before leaving for Pondicherry.

Inter-district travellers would not require an e-pass to enter Pondicherry Updated: 14 Sep 2020

Inter district travel in Pondicherry no longer requires an e-pass. Although, travellers entering the state of Tamil Nadu from other states or countries would require the pass.

Sunday lockdowns discontinued in Pondicherry Updated: 14 Sep 2020

Sunday lockdown has been discontinued across the state of Tamil Nadu. This also includes the town of Pondicherry.

All hotels and resorts in Pondicherry allowed to re-open Updated: 14 Sep 2020

All resorts and hotels across the state of Tamil Nadu have been allowed to reopen with proper safety measures in place. This also includes the town of Pondicherry.Read more.

Lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended till 30 September Updated: 14 Sep 2020

Lockdown in the state Tamil Nadu has been extended till September 30. Although there are some travel restrictions that have been eased in the state. Read more.

Beaches in Pondicherry

Promenade Beach, Serenity Beach, Mahe Beach, Auroville Beach, Paradise Beach, Reppo Beach, Veerampattinam Beach, Quiet Beach, Karaikal Beach.

Pondicherry Beaches make for the most breathtaking feature of the coastal town of Pondicherry for all the tourists. With its pristine shoreline and a bunch of natural beauty packed with shimmering waters and golden sands, some of the best beaches of Pondicherry draws hordes of tourists. For tourists looking for a lazy weekend by the beach or wishing to indulge in a number of adrenaline pumping activities, these beaches have something for everyone when you are vacationing in Pondicherry.

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Some of the popular activities which tourists look forward to at these beaches are surfing, beach volleyball, catamaran ride, swimming etc. Along with various water activities, these beaches present the most extraordinary perspectives of the ocean during the times of sunrise and sunset in Pondicherry.

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For tourists in Pondicherry, these beaches offer an excellent trip to have some unforgettable time with family and friends and take back some beautiful memories of Pondicherry in both your camera and hearts!

Here are some of the top beaches in Pondicherry: 

01

Auroville Beach

Auroville Beach
If your beach getaway constitutes a moment of repose and untouched beauty of nature, then Auroville Beach is one of the perfect Pondicherry beaches for you. Also known as Auro Beach, this beach offers a spectacular sunrise and the shallow waters make it an ideal spot for those fond of swimming. 

Because of its volcanic sands and coloured shells, Auroville Beach is most loved beach of Pondicherry. Photography lovers can also look forward to capture some breathtaking snaps at Auroville Beach. You can also gon on a sightseeing tour in Pondicherry to enjoy the life of Pondicherry and don't forget to check-out amazing beach resorts in Pondicherry.

Location
: Auroville Beach is located at a distance of 12 kilometres from Pondicherry main town.

Activities
: Swimming, surfing.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: One can find Auroville Beach 9.6 kilometres away from Pondicherry Bus stand. 

Know More: Most famous places to visit in Pondicherry
02

Rock Beach

Rock Beach
Enumerated as one of the best beaches in Pondicherry, Rock Beach is a perfect getaway to lose yourself in the beauty of nature. Rock Beach is easily accessible and located in the heart of the city.

The beautiful surroundings of the beach take the tourists by surprise as one enjoys the occasional crashing of ocean waters with the rocks. Also known as Promenade Beach or Gandhi Beach, it is one of those Pondicherry Beaches that serves as a visual treat for both the eyes and soul. 

Location
: White Town, Pondicherry 

Activities
: Watching the sunrise and sunset along with a laid back stroll are the best activities to do at Rock Beach

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: Rock Beach is located 3 km away from the bus stand in Pondicherry. 

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03

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach
Also known as Plage Paradiso, this is one of the best beaches in Pondicherry that boasts of crystal clear waters and pristine sands. Tourists here can indulge in their favourite snacks at a number of beach shacks and beverages along with enjoying the numerous beach activities at Paradise Beach.

A beautiful ferry ride takes you to the beach and worth every penny for its aesthetic surroundings. Paradise Beach is among those spectacular Pondicherry Beaches where tourists can look forward to an unforgettable sunrise along with a panoramic view of the ocean. 

Location
: Paradise Beach can be found 2 kilometres away from Chunnambar Boat House

Activities
: Swimming, beach volleyball, fishing etc. 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
:  It is located at a distance of 8 kilometres from the bus stand

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04

Serenity Beach

Serenity Beach
If you’re looking for the most romantic Pondicherry Beaches, then Serenity Beach is an idyllic escape to spend some time with your loved one. With a gorgeous view of the shoreline along the Indian Ocean and a number of surfing opportunities, Serenity Beach is definitely one of the best beaches in Pondicherry.

Whether you wish to laze around with your book beneath the shade of palm trees or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the golden sands, Serenity Beach is surely not going to disappoint you with its beauty and exquisiteness. There are various resorts in Pondicherry you can look for a perfect vacation, do check these amazing resorts to make your vacation worth remembering for.

Location
: Kottakuppam, Pondicherry 

Activities
: Surfing, boating, canoeing and kayaking

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: It is located about 7 kilometres from Pondicherry Bus Stand
05

Karaikal Beach

Karaikal Beach
Lying along the Bay of Bengal, the Karaikal Beach is one among the most pristine beaches in Pondicherry. Sandy shores, sound waves of the gushing water, and clear skies, this natural beach a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Karaikal beach is located on the banks of Arasala River along the wide Beach Road providing proper approachability and convenience for the people. 

A haven for adventure junkies, this beach offers a lot of activities like boating, canoeing, kayaking, and outdoor ball games to add to your thrill platter. You can enjoy the boat jetty in the Arasalar or watch your kids playing in the Children’s park while you relax on the beach, this beach gives you immense options to opt for. A perfect place to spend a weekend with friends or family, this beach will give you memories you will cherish all your life. 

Location: Karaikal City, Pondicherry

Activities: Water sports, sightseeing, motor riding, and fishing.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: 133Km

Must Read: Best beach resorts in Pondicherry
06

Quiet Beach

Quiet Beach
Just as its name, this Pondicherry beach is a classic place for the ones seeking leisure, tranquillity, and solitude. Dripping in piousness, the Quiet Beach is one of those that has been barely touched by the commercial activities being the reason for its persistent charm.

Respite from the crowd this offbeat beach is laden with huts offering fresh and lip-smacking delicious seafood. You cannot miss out on the fried delicacies and for the ones who love spicy food make sure you ask for the rice accompanied with rasam and anchovy curry or nethili as they call it. 

Though not ideal for swimming due to its steep banks, this beach is just the right place to try your hand on fishing. Synonymous to ‘ Love is in the air’ this beach is quite famous among the couples due to its amusing setting. 

Location: Chinna Mudaliyar Chavady, Auroville, Chinna Mudaliyar Chavady, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu

Activities: Sightseeing, fishing, and tasting delicacies.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: 10 Km
07

Mahe Beach

Mahe Beach
Mahe Beach is an excellent shoreline that serves as a serene retreat for a vacation and certainly a must-visit for all types of tourists.

Catch the brilliant hues of orange with an unforgettable sunrise or watch the fisherman go about their daily activities catching fish for a living at Mahe Beach. One of the best features of Mahe Beach is that it remains comparatively less crowded where you can enjoy some quiet time by yourself appreciating the beauty of the shoreline and enjoying the tranquil ambiance. 

Location
: It is located 22 km southwards from Kannur City. 

Activities
: Swimming, fishing, watching sunrise and sunset etc. 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: Mahe Beach is 617 kilometers from Pondicherry Bus Stand
08

Reppo Beach

Reppo Beach
With its relaxed ambience and a lesser number of crowds, Reppo Beach is one of the rejuvenating beaches here in Pondicherry. Mostly preferred by foreigners, Reppo Beach is a great place to watch the waves crash and contemplate the exquisiteness of the shoreline in Pondicherry.

With a panoramic view of sailing boats adding to the brilliant vista, Reppo Beach is certainly not one of those beaches which you can miss without regretting on your vacation. Also, Indulge yourself in various activities that Pondicherry provides.

Location
: It is situated very near to Auroville

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: Reppo Beach is located at a distance of about 10 kilometres from Pondicherry Bus Stand. 
09

Veerampattinam Beach

Veerampattinam Beach
One of the most offbeat beaches in Pondicherry, Veerampattinam Beach near Pondicherry is the best one to walk on the golden sandy shores and sun-bask while lying around. This beach lies amidst the largest coastal region rendering it an extended coastline giving you a longer stroll on the shore.

You will get a chance to try fishing as the beach is the hub for fishermen working at huge boats with their fishing equipment. 
It is indeed a must-visit place if you’re on a quest of self-exploration or in tranquillity and solitude. Showering the best sunsets and sunrises, this place is an amazing hotspot for the photographers to capture wondrous pictures and memories. 

Location: Veerampattinam, Puducherry

Activities: Sightseeing, fishing, and outdoor beach games.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: 7.4 Km
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"One of the best experience of my life even though my ears are still blocked due to high pressure but the overall xperience was just awesome. Best Instructors provided to us. Not only they are good in their work, they are fun loving, crazy kinda guys & gel up very well.\nPool demonstration & training was more than good as compared to other personnel who provide scuba diving."
"Great tour, and on time start and completion, covered more than what was in the itinerary and never felt hurried. Thanks to shabbeer and thrillophilia for making the day memorable... "
"The facility was good. the best part was that there were only two of us. instructors were friendly and extremely helpful. only problem is that you can't be sure of under water visibility in Pondicherry. someday it is clear, sometimes you can't see anything."
26 June 2019
Excellent
This was my first scuba diving experience, and it was just awesome. I have no words to express my happiness here. All credits goes to the instructor Mike and Khushboo and other team members, they very calm composed and teaching all the important things we have to take care during the dive. I had my best experience. I will definitely do this again here.
"Really nice and complete tourist tour of Pondichéry. \n\nWe booked for 2 just the night before! The service is very reactive. The car was comfy and with A/C. The driver was on time and flexible. He shared some knowledge about different places while driving. \n\nWe strongly recommend this tour as its price is definitely worth it. Check the different places that you'll visit to plan and make the most out of this great 8 hours."
Pondicherry is so beautiful and different from other places in India. I went to Pondicherry with my friends and we enjoyed a lot. We went to the church, Aurbindo Ashram and we even did boating in Chunnambar backwaters. Promenade Beach was so beautiful and alluring. We had a great time on the beach. The stays and food included in the package were very nice. Even the driver was so kind and nice.
We went to Pondicherry for a family vacation and we had a lot of fun there. The place is so beautiful and clean. Weather was also pleasant and soothing. We enjoyed a lot on the beach and w even visited the Church and Aurobindo Ashram. The trip was well organized and the facilities provided were amazing. Thanks for the great experience!!
03 February 2020
Superb
So much thrilling adventure and what a view. Inside a water. I did this when I was on Pondicherry tour. The instructor was kind person, it was my second experience, first I have done this in goa but it was so different and like it was whole different world inside the water. Fun activity must do if you are in Pondicherry.
10 March 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with so enjoyable weather and such an amazing instructor. We were 4 friends and had his. Thrillophilia arranged it nicely for us and with good instructor it became possible. Thanks
11 March 2020
Excellent
My first experience went extremely memorable as I am hydrophobic but the guide was polite and he made me believe that you have all the safety equipment and oxygen under the water, finally after some time and a bit of briefing I dive and it was super fantastic. I really enjoyed it and will definitely do this again.

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