Pondicherry or Puducherry is one of the Union territories of India. Pondicherry is a mixture of two cultures. When the east and west meet they create something beautiful and better which is Pondicherry. The former French colony boasts of many french architecture and Indian values but today we are not for those fancy buildings but for Promenade beach or also known as Pondicherry beach.

The Promenade beach is a 1.5 km long beachfront which extends from War memorial to the Dupleix park. This beachfront is one of the loveliest places you will ever go to. With the bustling city of Pondicherry this beach also homes to many activities. You will love the place for its lovely and warm environment. You would see people doing skating, swimming, playing volleyball and many other kinds of stuff. This place is filled with activities and you can surely indulge yourself in any one of them.

History of Promenade Beach/ Pondicherry beach

As Pondicherry has a rich history and their French connection the Promenade beach has also a little history. The Pondicherry beach is famous for its long 1.5 km rocky stretch. But do you know that these rocky boulders were not present here always?

promenade beach
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These huge boulders and rocks were actually fortified by the then government of Pondicherry. It all happened a few decades ago as a lot of erosion was going on in Promenade beach so the government decided to Fortify this long stretch.

While the Promenade beach is very famous for its name but it is also known as Mahatma Gandi beach due to a statue nearby and also Pondicherry beach due to proximity to the city center.

How to reach Promenade Beach

The beach itself is located very near to the city of Pondicherry. Pondicherry is well connected to all means of transport.

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Reaching Pondicherry by air

The nearest airport to Pondicherry is the Chennai International airport. Chennai International airport is one of the biggest airports in India. Th e airport has regular flights from all over the country and many international carriers. The airport is only around 150 km from Pondicherry. There are taxis and other cabs outside the airport for Pondicherry.

Reaching Pondicherry by train

The train connectivity is also awesome for Pondicherry. The Villupuram junction is the nearest railway station fo Pondicherry. The Villupuram railway station is only around 37 km from Pondicherry. There are trains from Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, Banglore, and many other stations for Villupuram. From the railway head one can take taxis to reach Pondicherry and then the Promenade Beach.

Reaching Pondicherry by road

If you love long rides and want to ride just like we did in Chennai to Kanyakumari East coast road trip than via road is the best option. Pondicherry remains one of the most visited and loved places in India. Pondicherry is only around 170 km from Chennai and 375 km from Banglore. The east coast road takes you to Pondicherry.

If you want to check our East coast trip exciting journey blog then click here.

While there are many interstate and intrastate bus services also running for Pondicherry. There are frequent buses from Chennai, Banglore, Coimbatore, Mahabalipuram, and many more places for Pondicherry.

Things to do and Visiting around the Promenade Beach

Pondicherry beach is a full-on package with not only the beach but also there are many other great places around the beach. The combination makes the trip to the beach even more exciting.

The 1.5 km long stretch not only has the beach but also has some very important and famous statutes. There are statutes of Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi Statute, Dupleix statue, Old heritage hall, and of course the old lighthouse which happily greets visitors at the beach.

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Mahatma Gandhi Statue Pondicherry
Mahatma Gandhi Statue

There are many restaurants where you can chill and enjoy. Few restaurants which I found amusing are:

  • Baker streer
  • Le club
  • Sea gulls bar and Restaurant
  • Satsanga
  • Surguru Restaurant
  • Rendezvous cafe
  • The Indian Kaffe express

This list of restaurants and cafe’s is endless in Pondicherry beach. The place is just so fun-loving and exciting that you will try to explore every one.

Few Tips for Promenade Beach

  • There is a Tourist Information Center located near the beach from where you can get all the information about the city and places around. Not only this but the tourist Information center building is itself old and beautiful which is kind of Interesting.
  • The best time to visit the beach is either in the morning or evening. If you love sunrises than Promenade beach is the best location. The orange cover spreads over the city pretty quickly which looks absolutely fantastic.
  • In the evening the place gets a little crowded but a lot of things are going around. As mentioned earlier everyone is busy doing something. But the cafe and bars are the best for the late evenings.
  • Do carry Sunscreen and glasses when visiting the beach.
  • The beach generally opens all day for pedestrians but for vehicles, it is from 7:30 in the morning to 6 pm.
  • There is no entrance fee for visiting the beach, Just enjoy your day here at Promenade beach.
promenade beach

Best time to Visit

While the beach is open all year round but the Months from Late October to March is the best time to visit Promenade/Pondicherry beach. The average temperature at this time is around 18 to 25 degrees celsius. Not only this ambient temperature is best but the weather also remains fairly clear.

While if you are planning in summer than it gets a little hot in Summers there. The temperature ranges from anywhere between 27 to 38 degrees celsius. Even it is a good time to visit but still it gets a little hot on a sunny day.

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Monsoon is not a good time to travel. Not only being a coastal area the tides are very high but the rain makes it impossible to go around.

Nearby attractions

If you would like to extend your stay here around Promenade Beach then I would suggest you visit a few places which are near the beach.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The ashram is located on the eastern side of Pondicherry and is highly revered in Pondicherry. It is dedicated to Sri Aurobindo who fought for our nation’s Independence. The Ashram and its retail shop “Cottage” is a great experience.

French War memorial

Built-in French architecture style the place it is located at Goubart Avenue near the promenade beach. This war memorial was constructed in the memory of all those soldiers who died in the first world war. In the middle of the four stark white columns two on both the side. There is a soldier who is leaning on a rifle. The statue is illuminated when the annual commemoration happens on July 14th also known as the Bastille day.

For more about French war memorial see this tripadvisor reviews here.

Arikamedu

The site is supposedly an ancient Roman port in ruins. However, there is not much to see on the site except a wall in ruins and two pillars to signify the entrance. Entry in the site is completely free. While there were no guides available around still you can explore the place a bit.

Matrimandir

A place where you will find the internal and eternal peace. This place is just for concentration. There are no gods, no Gurus nothing is here which will disturb you. The places are extremely beautiful and serene. Not only the place is calm and soothing but a person will spend more than average time here.

Matrimandir
Matrimandir

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