Best Time To Visit Pondicherry

Best Time To Visit Pondicherry : FInd a detailed guide on Pondicherry, The best time to visit, the best places to visit and the top things to do in Pondicherry.
Updated: Mar 19, 2019 13:08 IST
Best Time To Visit Pondicherry
Best Time To Visit Pondicherry

Fondly known as Puducherry, Pondicherry is amongst the 7 Union Territories in India. Often referred to as the French Riviera of the east Pondicherry enjoys a cool weather all the year round. One of the most mesmerizing destinations in South India, the best time to visit Pondicherry is during October to March. Earlier a French colony this place has very beautifully retained the old-world French charms. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, despite being miles away from France the place bears the authentic feel of the French culture and allure. Famous for its backwaters along with gothic churches, bright coloured houses and bougainvillea laden walls this happens to be one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. The authentic French cuisine and architecture has a lot to offer.  Here is all that you would be interested to know about Pondy including the best time to visit Pondicherry.

How to Reach Pondicherry

By Air: Pondicherry airport in Lawspet and Karaikal airport are the two airports that connects Pondy to the rest of the world.

By Train: Villupuram Railway Junction is the only stop that connects Pondicherry to the rest of the country through the rail route.

By Road: A road trip to Pondicherry from any nearby location is the best way to explore Pondy to the fullest and enjoy its scenic beauty. Pondicherry has strong connectivity via road to places like Banglore, Chennai, Trichy and others.

Best Season, Month to Visit and Temperature in Pondicherry

Best Season to Visit Pondicherry Month to Visit Pondicherry Temperature in Pondicherry
Summers March to June 26°C to 42°C
Monsoon July to September 25°C to 35°C
Winters October to February 22°C to 32°C

Pondicherry Gardens
Photo Credit: Pondicherry Tourism Fb Page

Season Wise the Best Time to Visit Pondicherry

If you too have plans to visit Pondicherry during the best time to visit Pondicherry then the following information might be of some help for you:

Winters (October to February) in Pondicherry

Winters are considered to be the best time to visit Pondicherry. The temperature in Pondicherry during winters ranges between 22°C to 32°C, which makes it the perfect weather to enjoy sightseeing and partaking in adventurous activities along with a day out on the beaches.

Summers (March to June) in Pondicherry

Summers are too hot in Pondicherry and thus it is believed that summers certainly is not the best time to visit Pondicherry. However if you do not have any other option but to visit Pondicherry during summers, then make sure to witness the very popular Villianur Temple Car Festival.

Monsoon (July to September) in Udaipur

Due to the proximity to the sea, Pondicherry remains quite humid during the monsoons and the rains are also quite unpredictable and can fall on any time of the day. However the temperature remains moderate and the monsoon can be considered as the second best time to visit Pondicherry after winters. The entire flora turns lush green and the colourful flowers and plants look all the more fresh.

Overall the Best Time to Visit Pondicherry

Although Pondicherry enjoys a moderate weather condition all year round yet winters are considered to be the best time to visit Pondicherry. Pondicherry over the years has emerged out to be an ideal tourist spot in South India. October to March is considered to be the best time to visit Pondicherry.

Places to Visit in Pondicherry

Paradise Beach


Paradise Beach in Pondicherry
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Adorned with golden sand, this Paradis beach is a paradise in true sense. A little isolated beach, the only way to reach here is via a ferry. What makes this Paradise beach so special is its extraordinarily soft and grainy sand and a bare foot walk along the beach is a mesmerizing experience.

Auroville Ashram


Auroville Ashram in Pondicherry
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Auroville Ashram is an unique experimental township. The idea behind this experiment is to create a city that has people from all parts of the world, following different cultures and religions living happily in peace and harmony. The architecture of the city is as interesting as its concept.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Pondicherry
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The Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus is situated about 2.5Kms away from Pondicherry bus station and is known to be one of the most holy places in Pondicherry. One of the 21 Basilicas in India and the only one Pondicherry, the church was established in the year 1908 and received the status of Basilica in the year 2011.

Promenade Beach


Promenade Beach in Pondicherry
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Stretching to an area of around 1.2Kms from War Memorial to Dupleix park, the Promenade beach is often seen crowded with people playing volleyball, jogging, walking, skating, yoga and swimming. The ocean sprays, waterscape and waves of chatters makes this beach even more attractive.

Chunnambar Boat House


Chunnambar Boat House in Pondicherry
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Located along Cuddalore Main Road, Chunnambar is a quaint little hamlet around  8Kms away from the main city of Pondicherry. With pristine sand and crystallized water, it is a perfect place for one to spend a day out playing water sports and bathing in the sun. A visit to this place during the best time to visit Pondicherry is an added advantage.

Things To Do in Pondicherry

  • Scuba Diving
  • Cycling in Pondicherry
  • Relish a Mesmerising Sunrise
  • Water Sports in Pondicherry
  • ATV ride in Pondicherry

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