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Shri-Venkateswara-Temple

Sri Venkateshwara Temple is the most revered and celebrated temple of the temple town of Tirupati having tourists and pilgrims flooding in all year long. Comprising of various complexes inside the premise, the temple is known for its Vishesh Puja, held from 5:30 am till 6:30 am every day. With the most busy months being September-October due to the Brahmostava festival, this temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, and dates back to the 12th century. This is one of the holiest and the wealthiest temples in the world and millions of devotees flock here to pay their reverence. Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple everyday, which is a massive number. Hence, a whole procedure has been planned and set up which effectively ends at the shrine for darshan. The entry for the Darshan is through Vaikuntam Queue Complex which is a series of interconnected halls that leads to the main temple. These halls are clean and comfortable with various facilities provided. The various activities of the temple include prasadam, hair tonsuring, hundi, arjitha seva and thulabharam. Festivals like Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rama Navami, Brahmotsavam and Jan      Book Now



Auroville

The name Auroville is derived from Sri Aurobindo, or Arvind Ghosh, a revolutionary, visionary, philosopher and sage who are very well known in India and whose revolutionary endeavors against the British regime predate those of Gandhi. There are over 2,000 people living in Auroville as permanent members of the community, with many other visitors, guests and locals residing in the area. Auroville is an international, intentional community meaning that people choose to come and live there in Pondicherry. There are people there from all over the world, with the majority being from India and its various states. Auroville is a spiritual community, whose ethos is based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and his compatriot, The Mother, or Mirra Alfassa, who founded the place in the sixties. Auroville was not meant to be a place for a new religion, or where religion is practiced. Spirituality, for them, meant something vast and ultimately indefinable, something personal that varied from one individual to the next, something that must always be renewed and expanded and reexamined, as opposed to religion, which often becomes calcified, stagnant and dogmatic. Auroville was supposed to be a moneyless society, with everybodyís needs provided for, but that didnít work out fully. There are some socialist elements such as some degree of affordable, universal healthcare, as well as a common dining area where members of the community may choose to have subsidized meals. Auroville was also meant to be a rather equal society, but, as with any other place, there are those who are well off and those who struggle; there are mansions and there are shacks. Auroville depends to a large extent on volunteers who come and spend some time there performing various activities such as planting trees, helping to serve food, uplift local populations, etc.      Book Now



Catholic-Church

The great ancestor of this Archdiocese is the Carnatic Mission, which was started around the year 1700 as Mission Sui iuris. This Carnatic Mission was known as Missions of the Coromandel Coast and also as the Malabar Mission. Before the establishment of the Carnatic Mission in 1700, the Jesuit Fathers of the Madurai Mission, especially John de Britto, entered the Gingee kingdom after 1660, and preached the Gospel up to the Palar River, south of Madras. Members of various religious orders looked after the spiritual needs of the European communities in their trading centers along the coastal areas, including Cuddalore and Porto Novo. The French Capuchins first settled in Pondicherry in 1674 and the French Jesuits, expelled from Siam also took refuge in Pondicherry in 1688. But, in 1693, the Dutch chased away all the religious groups from Pondicherry, and they were only able to return in 1699. While the Capuchins were looking after the Europeans in Pondicherry, the French Jesuits organized the Carnatic Mission for the Indian people. The continual wars in the 18th century, the ruin of Pondicherry town in 1761 and the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773, badly hit the vast Carnatic Mission. In 1776, the French Jesuit fathers were replaced at the order of Rome by the foreign Mission French Fathers. Although the Bishop of these new missionaries had all the power of jurisdiction, he was not given the title Vicar Apostolic, but instead called the Superior of the Mission of the Coromandel Coast. Rome successively gave him the jurisdiction over the Madurai, Coimbatore and Mysore areas, affected by the suppression of the Society of Jesus. By 1800, the extent of the Carnatic Mission was immense, but the labourers were very few.      Book Now



Yanam-Beach

Yanam is a small town located in the Yanam District in the union territory of Pondicherry (Pondicherry). Parts of it also fall under Andhra Pradesh. It was a French colony during the British Raj; and although it was returned to India in 1954, it is still known as French Yanam. The beach presents an exquisite blend of a rich history and natural splendour. For several years, Yanam beach was a part of French colony and was later transferred to India. Thus, the place still preserves many relics of the French culture that is prevailed during ancient times. Yanam Beach prominently shows the impact of the 300 years of French culture. In fact presently the place has created a unique culture of its own which is a combination of Tamil and French cultures. The beach is a preferred picnic spot. People also visit the beach for partying. Owing to the enchanting serenity of the place, it serves as a refreshing holiday destination for those who wish to spend a peaceful time. There are a number of tourist attractions near the beach including beautiful temples and churches. Yanam Beach is midsized having medium occupation rate. The best time to visit the Yanam Beach is October - March. The nearest railway station is at Kakinada, which is only 26 km away, and Kakinada is well connected to cities like Chennai and other important places      Book Now



Chunnambar Boathouse

Chunnambar is situated 8 kms from Pondicherry, along the Cuddalore Main Road. This tropical paradise is flanked by a quiet-flowing creek on one side. You can sail downstream to the sands and pitch up a cosy seaside tent for yourself. Overnighting within the tree-houses on the backwater provides a relishing experience of the great outdoors. The beach at Chunnambar also known as Plage Paradiso or      Book Now


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