Pondicherry is a fun destination to visit. Its beach life is what draws people to this beautiful holiday destination. However if you visit this place less for the parties and more of a solemn visit, there are also some more places to visit near Pondicherry.
Once you arrive from Chennai to Pondicherry taxi and you are finished with sightseeing in Pondicherry, head over to some of these places to add more spice and meaning to your trip.
Not only is Pondicherry a beautiful and fun holiday destination on its own, it also has beautiful places to visit around it. Trying to find transport to get to these places might not be as easy as getting as getting around in Pondicherry, however, with the help of some locals and a few phone calls to some local taxi operators or travel agents, you’ll quickly figure out a way to get around.

Tip: When booking your accommodation in Pondicherry, make sure to take into account the location and whether or not it’s in a party hotspot (depending on what you’re looking for).

Top places to visit near Pondicherry within 100 kms

Make sure to visit some of these places around Pondicherry when in the area.


Probably the closest and still debatable whether it can be easily achievable by everyone as part of their ‘Pondicherry sightseeing tour’ due its distance of about 15 kms from the city, however, if you are looking to travel out to the surrounding places, then there is no excuse to miss this place!
Auroville is a town straight out of a movie with beautiful man-made wonders and restaurants serving delicious mouth watering dishes. Never go with a full stomach to Auroville! You will regret it until the day you get the chance to revisit it again!

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Lying just next to the well-known tourist spot of Mahabalipuram is the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. This massive sanctuary covering a land area of a whopping 30 hectares is one of the sites to visit if you want to see the beauty of nature. Close to around 30,000 birds fly over to this sanctuary every year during the time of migratory season and the sight is simply breathtaking. Makes one realise the wonders of nature.


You have officially arrived into the Golden city with a thousand temples. Kanchipuram is a holy city which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Visitors are mostly Hindu devotees although the city does see quite a few of both domestic travellers and tourists as well. The most grand temple in the city is the Ekambareshwar temple, whose massive complex spreads over 40 acres of land and history dates back to the Pallava period.


Another popular temple town in Tamil Nadu is the town of Chidambaram. The total population of the town is about 100,000. What makes this town a standout amongst all the other temple towns in the state is its beautiful style of architecture of its temples and buildings depicting the Dravidian style of architecture and culture. This is the town to visit to experience a proper heritage visit.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

While not one of the places to visit near Pondicherry, but rather one of the places to visit in Pondicherry. Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesa. It is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Pondicherry


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