One of the popular honeymoon destinations in India, Pondicherry is a charming holiday destination located along the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. Also known as Puducherry, it is one of the top weekend getaways from Chennai. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, Portuguese-style architectural buildings, and streets, the place is also known for its immensely gorgeous and peaceful beaches. The magical sound of the waves hitting the shore, the soft shimmering golden sand and the serene view out on the horizon, the beaches here are perfect for those looking for an offbeat holiday. Along with various fun activities, these beaches offer an excellent opportunity to spend some unforgettable times with family and friends.
Promenade Beach / Pondicherry Beach
Considered as one of the finest Pondicherry beaches, Promenade Beach is a perfect getaway to unwind in the midst of natural beauty nestled on the coast of Bay of Bengal. Sprawling over an area of 1.5 km, this typical long rocky beach extends from War memorial to Duplex park which is among the top places to visit in Pondicherry. Flanked by long walkways, the place is frequented by tourists as well as locals for morning walks, jogging, and strolling. As you stroll down the Promenade beach, you can spot several colonial French villas, imposing statues, war memorials and heritage buildings as part of Pondicherry Tour Packages. During evenings, the entry of vehicles is banned in the beach area which lets you enjoy your time in peace with your family and loved ones. With a myriad of sea-facing cafes, restaurants and food carts, the beach has a variety of options when it comes to eating. Besides, one can also spot lot of hawkers near the Beach who sell local handicrafts and street food.
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Auroville Beach is a serene beach situated near the famous Auroville on the East Coast Road. Also known as ‘Auro Beach’, the beautiful shoreline at the beach is lined up with seashells, and the glistening sand there reflects the golden rays of the sun. It is one of the must-visit Pondicherry tourist places. Along with the spectacular sunrise and sunset, the shallow waters of the beach make it an ideal spot for swimming, playing on the clean sands and cool waters of the shore, taking a lazy stroll, and surfing which draws hordes of tourists as part of Pondicherry Packages. Besides, the beach is one of the most important nesting grounds for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
Paradise Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Pondicherry, and among the best beaches to visit on the east coast as part of Chennai Tour Packages as well. Also called as Plage Paradiso, this beach boasts of crystal-clear waters and pristine sands, and offers unparallel charm and tranquility to every sea lover. Famed for its lovely sunbathing options and resting under the cool breeze of palm trees, Paradise Beach is perfect for those who are looking for a peaceful holiday from the hustle and bustle of crowds. Maintained by Chunnambar Resorts, the place offers stunning views of the sea along with ample of exciting activities to enjoy. Also, tourists can indulge in their favorite snacks at beach shacks and cafes along with enjoying occasional musical and dance performances by local bands. To reach here, tourists need to take a ferry across the backwaters from Chunnambar boathouse, which takes around 20-30 minutes.
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Serenity Beach is one of the picturesque beaches and among the must-visit tourist places in Pondicherry, one of the top places to visit near Chennai. The scenic setting of the lovely beach with perfect golden sand, stretches between the blue waters, shades of lush palm and coconut trees and the many beach side cafes and flea markets alongside the beach, make it a perfect destination to spend some quality time with your loved one. The beach offers several adventure activities like surfing, boating, canoeing and kayaking that attracts adventure enthusiast. A few surfing schools located in the vicinity, offer coaching with the proper guidance from the professionals. Also, it is an ideal destination for romantic walks, sunbathing, shallow swimming or just to rewind and relax in the serene ambience.
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One of the most offbeat beaches in Pondicherry, Veerampattinam Beach is one of the longest beaches located on the outskirts of Pondicherry in the largest coastal village called Veerampattinam. Since the tourist inflow is less, it is one of the perfect places to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset and sunrise, soak in the good vibes and the tranquil atmosphere. The beach is also an amazing hotspot for photographers to capture wondrous pictures and memories. Besides, one can see umpteen fishermen at work with their huge boats and nets. Apart, the beach is also known for its temple car festivals celebrated here with much fervor.
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