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Best Shopping Destinations in Pondicherry

By Siji Ram

Pondicherry is popular among travellers for the French colonisation and the tourist attractions that appeal to all. From the French War Memorials to the lovely beaches and Auroville, Pondicherry has something to offer for each traveller.

Travelling can never be complete without shopping for something unique that is available in each place, right? Yes, Pondicherry is not only known for its stunning attractions, but is also known for its shopping destinations. Let us have a look at some of the best shopping regions in the French colony of Pondicherry.

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Aurobindo Ashram

Aurobindo Ashram is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Pondicherry. The Ashram was founded by Aurobindo Ghose and was led by Mirra Alfassa, who is also known as 'the Mother'. The centre has an expansive library related to the philosophies and studies of Sri Aurobindo.

There is also a small souvenir shop at the Ashram that sells books, greeting cards, souvenirs, incense sticks, paper products, candles and clothes. Apart from the Ashram, the city has other authorised shops of the Aurobindo Ashram, from where you could buy these products.

Casablanca

Casablanca is a three-storeyed departmental store from where you should shop while you are at Pondicherry. The ground floor sells branded cosmetics, perfumes and other personal care products. The first floor has garments and jewellery for sale. The second floor is one of the best places to shop in Casablanca, as it sells furniture and other decoration items at reasonable rates. There is also a whole pottery section from Auroville.

It is also a great place to stop to have a bite or two from the streets of Pondicherry.

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Muthu Silk Plaza

Muthu Silk Plaza is a perfect destination for silk lovers. Beautiful silk sarees, hand-crafted sarees, dress materials, skirts and other garments for men and women are sold here. The store is known for its pure silk sarees that are apt for any occasion.

Auroville

If you've visited Pondicherry and missed Auroville, we must say, you have missed one of the best parts of being in Pondicherry. Matrimandir is one of the main attractions of Auroville. The premises also has a shop from where you can buy items made by the residents there. The items sold here include homemade soaps, perfumed candles, incense sticks, books and bookmarks.

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