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Sri Vedapureeswarar temple

The temple is situated 2 kms westward of the Pondicherry seashore and in between the Peria Brahmin Street, Siria Brahmin Street, Gandhi Street and Madhakoil Street. The temple had a glorious history 238 years back. The temple was demolished and floored in the Vibava Year, Avani month (August-September), English year 1748. With the painstaking efforts of Dewan Kandappa Mudaliar and public co-operation, the temple was reconstructed in the year 1788 (now in Gandhi Street). Vedapureeswarar Temple could not be reconstructed by Dupleigh Ranga Pillai as he wanted to do. Today, the temple appears in Gandhi Street with a majestic tower of 75 feet.The presiding deity is a swayambu Linga. Lord Muruga in this temple is praised by Sri Ramalinga Swamigal in his hymns. It is said that the presiding deity was shifted to this temple from the Mission Street Samba Easwaran Temple 100 years ago. There is a special temple for Lord Dakshinamurthy within this temple on the southern side. The temple belongs to 18th century. Saint Ramalinga Swamigal had sung the glory of Lord Muruga in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy graces from a separate shrine south of the sanctum sanctorum. The temple belongs to 18th century. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.18 day Vaikasi (May-June) Brammotsavam, 10 days Navarathri in Purattasi (September-October), Annabishekam in Aipasi month (October-November), Sivarathri in Masi (February-March), Kruthika, Sankatahara Chaturthi, Adi Kruthikai, Thai Kruthikai, Chitra Poornima, Adipooram, Pradosha days are the festival days in the temple when the crowd will be huge. Also Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year days, Pongal are also festive days in the temple.      Book Now


Veerampattinam is the largest coastal village in the union territory of Puducherry situated between Pondicherry and Cuddalore. The village is 7 km away from the Pondicherry city centre and frequent bus services are available from Pondicherry for almost once in every 10 to 15 minutes. The population of the village is more than 10,000.Around 5,000 people are registered as voters with the Election Commission of India. The village has the history of over 1000 years and has blessed with a pleasant layout as you evidence from wikimapia. There are rivers on both sides of the village which helps to protect the village during cyclone periods. The surrounding area of the village looks green always as its enriched with water and soil nutrients. The village has quite a lengthy and one of the most beautiful beaches in India which attracts tourist from local as well as abroad. A large number of people take sun bath and relax at the beach almost round the year. One can also enjoy seeing fishermen working with traditional fishing crafts and nets at dedicated sites. Other scenes including fishing boats entering into the harbor can be seen while having fun at the beach. The village is famous for Car Festival celebrated here on the occasion of the 6 weeks long village temple (Sri Sengazhuneer Amman Temple) festival since the date immemorial. It attracts thousands of people from far and near. Veerampattinam is also famous for Masi Magam (gathering of several deities in front of beach) which is held in February/March of every year.      Book Now


This interesting church is located at Villianur, a small town 11 km. from Pondicherry. It was erected in 1876 and is in the model of the Basilica in France. The statue of Notre Dame was donated by the French Government a year later after the church was erected. A curious feature here is the Church tank, which is usually common in most Hindu temples. We can only speculate about the purpose of the tank. Was it an attempt to assimilate the local customs or was it built out of necessity is still a question. The ritual bathing in the tank, a long standing tradition, is one of the highlights during the festival honoring Madonna held in June. A natural pond in front of the chapel, once used as a water reservoir for irrigation of the lands around, was consecrated and another statue from Lourdes, France was installed in its centre. Believers take water from this pond bring blessing upon their house. This is the only Catholic Church in Asia to have such a pond. Legend has it that Thambusamy Mudaliar, a native of Kumbakonam, prayed before the statue and was later cured by a vision of the Lady of Lourdes. From then on thousands have flocked to lay eyes upon the statue to be cured of all manner of infirmities. In 1885 the Arch Bishop went to Rome and reported the numerous miracles that took place at this Shrine to the Holy Father and got permission on February 21st, 1886 to declare this as an official Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Villianur and to crown the statue in his name. On his return from Rome, on 8th May 1886 in a grand celebration, witnessed by around 40,000 people, during the pontifical high mass the Arch Bishop crowned the miraculous statue in the name of Pope Leo XIII and declared this church as the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Villianur and attached permanent plenary indulgences to this shrine.      Book Now


The century old man-made Ousteri Lake - also referred to as Osudu Lake - is situated about 10 kms from Pondicherry town and has been recognized as one of the important wetlands of Asia by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and it is the most important freshwater lake in the Pondicherry region. The structure of the lake is complex - consisting of water, wetland/marsh and mudflats; it acts as the single largest catchment of fresh water in Pondicherry. The 390 hectares lake (part of it lies in Tamil Nadu) supports a variety of fauna and flora. The vegetation ranges from small herbs to trees, which supports migratory avifauna as well as native birds during summer and winter. Ousteri Lake will be developed on the lines of Vedanthangal water bird sanctuary near Chennai. More than forty migratory birds reside throughout the year at the Ousteri Lake. According to the Tourism Department, different species of golden oriole, open-bill stork, tailor bird, painted stork, white ibis, white-breasted water-hen and spotted owlets visit the water-body particularly after November every year. The forest department has decided to document the varieties of birds visiting Pondicherry to update and prepare a comprehensive database about the winger visitors. Under the government      Book Now

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