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List of 5 Beaches in Pondicherry you shouldn’t miss on your Trip

Wondering to visit Pondicherry? Pondicherry, the French capital in India. The city boasts a splendid coastline and offers a wonderful scenic charm to its visitors. Further, the beaches in Pondicherry are pretty quiet, hence visitors love to visit the beaches. 

The aquamarine sea, long-stretch of golden sand by the seashore, and the crystal clear water make the Pondicherry a dream palace to visit in India. This place is not only suitable for couples, but also well suited to enjoy in a group with family and friends. The ambiance of the beach provides a peace of mind.

List of beaches in Pondicherry

  • Rock beach or Promenade Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Auroville Beach
  • Serenity Beach
  • Veerampattinam Beach

Beaches in Pondicherry

Rock Beach or Promenade Beach

Promenade Beach or Rock Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Pondicherry. This beautiful coastline is also known as Pride of Pondicherry. This beach is situated in the heart of the coastal city Pondicherry. It is popularly referred to as ”Gandhi beach” by the residents in Pondicherry.

The beach stretches about 1.5 Kilometers and has essential historical landmarks that tell tales of the forgone era. The ambiance of the place attracts visitors to enjoy nature with a pleasant mind. 

On the front of the beach, there are famous landmarks like the Heritage Town Hall, Statue of Dupleix, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, inspiring Joan of Arc’s statue, Old Light House. These speak the magnificence of a bygone dynasty.

How to reach Rock Beach

The Pride of Pondicherry is located at about 3 Kilometres from the main bus stand of Pondicherry. You can reach the destination by taking Auto, rickshaw, bus, and bike or bicycle for rent.

Things to do at Rock Beach

  • If you visit the beach in the early morning or in the evening, the view of Sunrise and Sunset will melt you and blow your mind with wonderful scenic nature.
  • Take a long walk on the beach with your loved ones and make a memorable experience.
  • Residents and tourists use the Rock beach for skating, walking, jogging, and yoga as well. In addition, food carts, Handicraft bazaars in Promenade beach accommodates the needs of the visitors.
  • Near the Promenade beach, you can reach Bharathi Park where you can sit and feel nature with your friends and family. Children can enjoy playing games over there.

Places to visit nearby Rock Beach

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Pondicherry Museum
  • French War Memorial
  • Jawahar Toy Museum
  • Bharathi Park
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Hotels Near the Rock Beach

  • Promenade
  • Ajantha
  • Villa Bayoud

Timings: So, if you are planning a trip to Pondicherry, visit Promenade Beach. The best time to visit the beach is early morning and late evening as the traffic is stopped. That is, Vehicles are only allowed from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.


Paradise Beach

After watching a dazzling and vivid sunrise at the Auroville beach, it is time to experience the Plage Paradiso island in Pondicherry. So, have you ever dreamed to visit a paradise island in your life? Make a trip to the Paradise beach in Pondicherry. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Pondicherry. This will be one of the perfect destinations for nature lovers and couples. 

Plage Paradiso island or Paradise beach offers an awesome picturesque with a peaceful nature. It is an isolated island from the mainland by the Chunnambar backwaters. The sand of this beach will be soft in nature. Thus, this place is said to be the perfect spot for fishing.

Like Kerala Houseboats, Chunnambar Backwater in Pondicherry is equipped with Houseboats for the visitors to stay. This pristine island is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Pondicherry bus stand and only 2 kilometers away from the Chunnambar backwaters.

How to reach Paradise Beach

You can reach the Paradise beach only by boat accessible at Chunnambar boathouse. The Chunnambar backwater is located on the highways between Cuddalore and Pondicherry. To reach the Chunnambar boathouse you can either rent a bike/car or hire an auto/rickshaw or board the Cuddalore bus from the Pondicherry bus stand.

From the boathouse, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes to reach the Paradise beach. You need to buy tickets for the boat ride to reach Paradise beach. Chunnambar beach is said to be very deep and hence, life jackets are available on the boat. While on your way, you can see the mangroves and palm forest full of greenery which delights your eyes. 

Things to do at Paradise Beach

  • Here, you can do sports activities like Beach Volleyball and Football which is pretty famous on this beach. You can bring your own ball or ask the staff over there. 
  • This place offers an amazing scenic and beautiful landscape for Photography.
  • You can sit on the seashore to relax with the soothing cool water.
  • Due to high currents in the bay, swimming deep into the water is restricted in this beach.

Hotels near the Paradise beach

  • Le Pondy
  • Sea Gull Chunnambar Beach Resort
  • The Windflower Resort and Spa 
  • RKN Beach Resort


  • Entry Ticket – ₹20.00/-
  • Parking Ticket – ₹30.00/-
  • For camera – ₹50.00/-
  • Chair rent per hour – ₹75.00/-
  • Boat ride charge Per Person(Up and Down)
    • For Children – ₹150.00/-
    • For Adult – ₹300.00/-

Timings – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (All-days).

Location – Pondy-Cuddalore road, Nonankuppam.

Auroville Beach 

Have you ever visited or heard about Auroville? Auroville is one of the majestic places in Pondicherry where you can enjoy the vacation with your family and friends. When we say Auroville, I’m sure,  the first thing that comes to your mind will be Auroville beach. In short, Auroville beach is called as Auro beach. 

Auro beach is one of the beaches in Pondicherry where tourists love to visit. This golden sandy seashore mesmerizes the visitors with its incredible scenic and peaceful nature. Compared to other beaches, Auro beach is one of the less crowded beaches in Pondicherry, hence it is the best place for those who look for privacy to enjoy a lonely time without much noise.

How to reach Auroville Beach

Well, if you are looking for a pleasant place to spend your time peacefully, just go to Auroville beach. This beach is about 12Km away from the center of the town.

This long beach has many ways to enter and exit. The most convenient way of getting over there is to get a car or bike and take a tour to Auro beach.  

  • From the East Coast Road junction, call for an Auroville Taxi or take an Auto from the Auto stand nearer to your location.
  • From the bus stand, buses are available from Pondicherry bus stand to Visitor’s Center of Auroville at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 PM. The return buses are available at 8:15 AM, 2:15 PM, and 5:15 PM from Auroville to Pondicherry.
  • If you are near the Railway Station, you can take a Taxi or an Auto to reach the Auro beach. 

Approximate cost for transportation:

  • Bus – ₹7 to ₹14
  • Auto – ₹200 to ₹250

Auroville Taxi Services

Auroville has discovered a not-for-profit Integrated Transport Service to reduce carbon emissions, cost, and traffic. To book a cab from Pondicherry to Auroville beach, contact ITS. Based on your indications and liking, they will organise transportation in a convenient way for you. You can also go for other taxi services like:

  • Auro Cabs, Travels and Tours, Kuilapalayam.
  • Unity Transport Service, Auroville Main Road.
  • Maha Travels, Auroville Main Road, near the Purple Hotel.
  • Sunrise Taxi services, Auroville Road.

Bike for Rent 

At Auroville, Bike Rental services are accessible, which can be rented within and around the Auroville. So, take a bike for rent and run to Auro beach to delight the natural picturesque of the aquamarine seashore. Some of the bike rental services are: 

  • Kinisi e-Mobility
  • Aurovelo Bicycle Stores
  • Mother’s Bike Rental service

Things to do at Auroville Beach

Auro Beach is one of the ideal places for swimming in Pondicherry. This beach is mainly used for activities like Surfing and swimming where the professionals and beginners try their skills. Certainly, the Panoramic view of this beach will mesmerize you with the sunset and sunrise. 

Places to visit nearby Auroville Beach

  • Matrimandir

Hotels near the Auroville beach 

  • Ashok Beach Resort
  • Ocean Spray
  • Auro Resort 

Timings – Early morning is the best time where you can enjoy watching the colourful sunrise. Beach closes at 6.30 pm for the visitors.

Location – Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu.

Serenity Beach

If you wish to make your trip to Pondicherry a good and memorable one, visit Serenity Beach. Serenity beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Pondicherry. The multi-coloured fishing boats lined on the shoreline makes the beach more colourful. This beach is one of the quiet and tranquil beaches in Pondicherry.

This mesmerizing beach is located near Kottakuppam, which takes 15 minutes cool drive to the north of the city. In this beach, you can see small fishing boats and surfing boards along the seashore. It is swaddled with golden sands and dappled water of the Bay of Bengal, this goldmine of nature is cloistered, tranquil, and impressive. 

How to reach Serenity Beach

Serenity beach is located at about 6Kilometers away from the Pondicherry Bus Stand and 6.6 Kilometers from the Railway Station. Take an Auto or Rickshaws or hire a bike if you like riding bikes. You can hire a bike for daily rent at your nearby location and begin your trip to Serenity beach.

Things to do at Serenity Beach

  • The Serenity beach is very popular for surfing as the waves are larger than the Auro Beach. And hence, you can learn surfing on this beach. 
  • Early morning visit to view the sunrise with cool nature.

There are two surf schools near the serenity beach:

  • Kallialay Surf School
  • Mother Ocean surf School

Excited to learn surfing, join the school and get the training to surf on the serenity with nature.

Places to visit nearby Serenity Beach

  • Bharati Government Park
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Serenity Beach Bazaar

Hotels near the Serenity Beach

  • Hotel Serenity
  • Athithi Hotel
  • Ginger Hotel
  • Serenity Beach Sea View Villa

Timings – This enticing Beach opens in the early morning and closes for the visitors at 6:30 pm.

Location – Kottakuppam, Tamil Nadu.

Veerampattinam Beach

Veerampattinam is one of the massive coastal villages in the Union Territory of Puducherry. This Village is located at a distance of 7km from the centre of the town. This beautiful beach has a river joining sea on either side, hence it is one of the best beaches in Pondicherry. This village is very nearer to the Arikamedu archaeological site which is one of the best places in Pondicherry.

How to reach Veerampattinam beach

Bus facility is available from Pondicherry to reach the village. To reach the beach take a bus or an auto from your current location.

Things to do at Veerampattinam Beach

Near the Veerampattinam Beach, you can see the Chola port which was a gateway for trading with Romans in the bygone era. As well, Veerampattinam is home to one of the great festivals – the car festival. You can even take sunbathe and relax on this beach. 

Places to visit nearby Veerampattinam Beach


Arikamedu is an ancient Roman trade center currently an archaeological site. It is located at about 7 Kilometres away from the Pondy on the bank of Ariyankuppam River. This place gives you an unforgettable experience and takes you back to the BC 2nd Century. It was formerly a Chola Port devoted to trading with Romans’, currently used as a fishing village.

Chunnambar Boat House

It is one of the amazing tourist attractions and the best place for relaxation. This place affords great water sporting adventure to the visitors. Here you can mesmerize with the beauty of golden sands and shades of the sea merging together.

Paradise Beach 

This is an isolated and tranquil beach known as Plage Paradiso Island. Avoid swimming deep into the sea as the undercurrent is robust on the Bay.

Hotel near Veerampattinam Beach

  • The Sunway Manor
  • The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry
  • Le Pondy Beach Resort
  • RKN Beach Resort

Timings – All-days.

Location – Veerampattinam, Puducherry.

Activities To Do in Pondicherry Beach

In addition to the glorious beauty of the beach, the beaches in Pondicherry have many fascinating activities like Scuba diving, Catamaran rides, Kayaking, Beach Volleyball. However, these kinds of activities will fill your Vacation with more thrill and fun.

Final Words

So all the information about the beaches in Pondicherry has been rendered to you. Why Still Waiting? Make your trip to the beaches of Pondicherry and enjoy your vacation with breathtaking scenic beauty. Have a nice trip!


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