There are many winter destinations in Pondicherry worth visiting. From the beaches to the museums and historical landmarks, forts, temples, markets, and the DYI centres, you will find virtually everything in this small Indian union territory. Then there are water sports and many natural bounties that you do not want to miss.
Pondicherry offers so many travel options that it may be difficult to see them all in one visit if you don't have a travel itinerary. So here's a list of winter destinations that you should include in your tour to Pondicherry this December.
Displaying striking rocks residing on the tranquil waters, this beach haven is a gateway to many conventional places in Pondicherry. Whether you like a pleasant stroll on the beach with your loved ones or grabbing the local treats, this mesmerizing beach is a perfect winter destination to spend some lazy hours at your own pace.
The name says it all! Serenity beach offers solace and respite to all its visitors. Located about 12 km from the city centre, this beach destination is one of the must-visit winter destinations in Pondicherry. The glowing golden sand with a track of rocks leading to the cerulean sea is perfect for basking in bliss.
Relatively secluded, the beach is not to be missed by honeymooners, who are looking for a quiet time. Early in the morning, anglers add to the charm as they gear up for the day. Surfing is a stimulating pleasure here as extensive waves lead to the shore. Avail surfing equipment and lessons from the nearby Kallialay Surf School.
Kallialay Surf School
Located on the Serenity beach, Kallialay Surf School is one of the premium surfing schools in India and one of the best summer hotspots in Pondicherry. Catch some waves and enjoy the thrill of riding one, if you are a learner you can choose from different kinds of packages and training according to your interest, budget and requirements.
Adorned with golden sands, Paradise Beach is a little-isolated haven, yet it is one of the top winter destinations in Pondicherry. To get to the golden shores, you must board the ferryboat, which traverses the backwaters surrounded with thick mangrove forests. Paradise beach is more or less a private beach, where you can stroll on the silky sands with your loved ones, spot birds, enjoy the opportunity to get some great photos or sit back and enjoy the waves.
Discover the French roots and ancient histories at the Pondicherry Museum. Explore the incredible collection of relics and historic artefacts. From archaeological treasures of Chola and Pallava dynasties to Arikamedu Roman settlement, there are various eras of history preserved here.
Pondicherry Museum is listed among the top tourist destinations in Pondicherry. The museum boasts of bronze sculptures of Indian Gods and Goddesses, stone-carved statues, fossilized columns of ancient trees, brass temple lamps, church relics, handicrafts, shells, coins, and fossils. In addition to that, a complete section in the Museum is dedicated to the history and legendary French colonial information.
Ousteri Lake or Osudu Lake is a significant freshwater man-made lake and is the most Instagrammed places in Pondicherry. It is made up of mudflats and swamps and has been picked as one of the most pre-eminent wetlands of Asia by the International Union for Conservation of Nature And Natural Resources. Quiet and panoramic, Ousteri offers some exceptional views of the twilight and daybreak. Out of the many places to visit in Pondicherry in winter, offering a close rendezvous with nature, Ousteri wins the race!
Pondicherry Botanical Garden
Offering a chance to stroll amid old-world French architecture, and rare and beautiful species of flora, Pondicherry Botanical Garden provides both a sightseeing experience and refreshing respite to travellers from the blazing sun and heat. Also, home to striking fountains, 1500 exotic varieties of plants, sweet flowerbeds, children's train rides, and aquariums; this man-made haven is an ideal family holiday hotspot.
Gingee fort is one of the best winter hotspots to visit in Pondicherry. Proclaimed as a National Monument in 1921, Gingee Fort is a novel architectural achievement and one of the several forts in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Architecture lovers and history geeks must not miss out on this place during their vacation in Pondicherry.