Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues, which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambience. Pondicherry is also known as The French Riviera of the East.
Pondicherry, a former French colony is a combination of cultures. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene and the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, provide a heady mix that draw travellers from near and far.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram located on rue de la Marine, is one of the best-known and wealthiest ashrams in India. Auroville (City of Dawn) is an "experimental" township located 8 km North-West of Pondicherry. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.