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20 Vegetarian Restaurants in Pondicherry

Pondicherry or Puducherry as it is called now is a beautiful place with awesome beaches. There are lot of places to visit in Pondicherry, go there if you want to get your taste of the French. But for you vegetarians that feel you will be left behind in this awesome union territory of India because of its French influence and sea side cuisine that includes different kind of sea food. Here is a list of 20 vegetarian places you can visit when you are there. In my last 10 visits to Pondicherry I have attempted all of these vegetarian restaurants listed below:

20 Best Vegetarian Restaurant You Must Visit in Pondicherry

1. #Dilliwaala6: This awesome restaurant in White Town in Puducherry is a famous vegetarian restaurant that serves up awesome north Indian cuisine that is perfect for the north Indian stomach. They are famous for their paneer dishes, and vada pav. So go ahead and indulge your taste buds.

Address: 6, Rue De La Marine, White Town, Puducherry
Phone: 0413 4201223

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2. A2B: Also known as Adyar Ananda Bhavan is a chain of restaurants that is popular across the south of India, primarily in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Go there to satisfy your south Indian cravings of idli, dosa, mini idli. pongal or sambar bhaat. It is time you grab your own plate.

Address: 1, Near Mankula Vinayagar Temple, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, White Town, Puducherry
Phone: 0413 2223333

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3. Surguru: If you are looking for thali’s this is the perfect place for you. Near the Aurobino Ashram, this place serves up very nice combo meals and awesome dosas. Get your taste buds tentilized with south or north Indian food that you crave for.

Address: 104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Near Aurobindo Ashram, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone: 0413 2339022/0413 2227290

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4. Eden Garden: This place dishes up wonderful pizzas and ice creams for you to enjoy some casual times with friends or family. Nutty crunch ice cream or nuttella ice cream and more are just some of the options. Do try their pizzas and pastas as well.

Address: 414, MG Road, Puducherry
Phone: +91 8056175117/0413 4201271


5. The ThickShake Factory: Refresh yourself in this beautiful place and enjoy awesome shakes and mocktails. This is the perfect place for you to hang out at with friends for those beautiful concoctions that they come up with.

Address: 17, Ground Floor, Opposite Santhigiri Ayurveda & Sindha Hospital, S.V.Patel Salai, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone: +91 9940048936

6. Richy Rich: Come here if you want to indulge in their ice creams and if you have a sweet tooth. Their sandwiches are also pretty famous for the ones that want to accompany you and do not necessarily enjoy the ice cream world.

Address: Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry
Phone Numbers: +91 9025252210/+91 9025252212

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7. New Bombay Anand Bhavan: As a self service place they have been quite successful. Come here if you want your regular dosas and idlis to fill your tummy with the whole yumminess of the good old south Indian cuisine.

Address: 206, Nehru Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone number: 0413 2228293

8. Hotel Karthik: Come here to satisfy your craving for north and south Indian dishes. Whether it is an idli or dosa, or a malai kofta they have it all here. So, go ahead and order your favourites here.

Address: 20, Rangapillai Street, Ambour Salai Street, MG Road, Puducherry
Phone number: 0413 4201633


9. Mother’s Grace Restaurant & Juice-e Bar: Located close to auroville this beautiful place is perfect for you to hang out find some great north Indian cuisine. If you are vegan, look no further. This is the perfect place for you. Their pani puri and panneer dishes are things to be spoken about; and are being spoken about in all their reviews.

Address: Shop 3, 130/16, Kuyilapalayam, Villupuram District, Auroville, Puducherry
Phone number: 0413 2623276

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10. Asoka: Though the ambiance might not entice you, go there for the food. Or better still go there for the softies and sundaes.

Address: 70, Mission Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone Numbers: 0413 2253375 / 0413 6458375


11. The Haveli – Hotel Annamalai International: Come here for a hearty thali. South Indian thalis are particularly popular here, so try some and feel great about the architecture as well. It rests in one of the bigger hotels in Puducherry. Fill your stomach, fill your soul.

Address: Hotel Annamalai International, 479, Kamaraj Salai, Saram, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone number: 041 32247001

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12. India Coffee House: The India Coffee House is not just a hotel; it is heritage. So come here to feel that and enjoy your snack items while you do. Get yourself a cold coffee and their famous iddiyappam and revel in the history this place holds.

Address: 116, Vazhudavur Road, Thelaspet, Gandhinagar, Puducherry
Phone number: 0413 2211015

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13. Madhuram: Come here if you want to be treated well and given great food after. As a place that is usually full. Get yourself a seat at this restaurant to get all that you want in south Indian cuisine. Though they also have north Indian food, their south Indian fare shines brighter.

Address: Abirami Residency, 92, Anna Salai, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone number:0413 2229881


14. The Gaanesh Restaurant: This is a local joint that doesn’t boast of much other than regular food. So if you want food with no fuss this is your place. Quick in and quick out, that is Gaanesh functions. So don’t go looking for frills here. Focus your energy on south Indian dishes here.

Address: 158, Cuddalore Main Road, Mudaliarpet, Puducherry
Phone number: 0413 2357203

15. Rajas Iddly Kada: Get to this place if you want good food but do not care about the ambiance or the wait. This is your perfect place if you want an interesting south indian fair of idlies and dosas. If you are craving that, this is the place for it.

Address: #9, 45 Feet Road Extension., Venkateswara Nagar, Saram, White Town, Puducherry

Phone number:+91 9003655559

16. Hotel Hari Tea & Coffee bar: This is a no frills place. So, come here only if you want the basic idli and dosa. But the benefit is that it opens really early. And if you are looking to find food fast and leave this place is perfect.

Address: 15, Bussy Street, Opposite PWD Office, White Town, Puducherry
Phone number: +91 9790177745

17. Hotel Archanas: If you are looking for great food but not so great ambience, then this is the place for you. Go here if you are a fan of idlis, dosas and sambar.

Address: 197, Anna Salai, Arabindo Street Corner, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Phone number: +91 9003547888

18. Sri Balaji Café: Go here for their famous mini idly and vazhapoo utthappam. It is a no nonsense place where you get served immediately and go on your way. If that is the kind of place you are looking for, this place is for you.

Address: 1, Opposite Puducherry, MG Road, Puducherry
Phone number: +91 9789191066

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19. Hotel Araya Bhavan: Come here for all the goodness of a south Indian fair. Equipped with quick service and reasonably priced food, this is the perfect place for a quick tiffin.

Address: 76, 100 Ft Road, Ellipilliaichavady, Gandhinagar, Puducherry
Phone number: 0413 6590515

20. Legumes: The lunch buffets is this place are pretty popular, especially the Tamil Nadu and Punjabi buffet.

Address: Accord Puducherry, 1, Thilagar Nagar, Ellaipillaichavady, Gandhinagar, Puducherry
Phone Numbers: 0413 2299000 / +91 8489977715


So, in my next visit to Pondicherry I am going to explore a lot more places that you would love to read through, tell me in the comment section below, which is your favorite most restaurant from the above.

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31 Amazing Places to Visit In and Around Pondicherry

Located in the south-eastern part of Tamil Nadu, India, Pondicherry is the best bet for weekend gateways if you reside in south India. This quaint little place is the largest and capital city of the Indian union territory of Puducherry. Fondly known as Pondy, the French colony of India has preserved the French legacy since 1954 and offers everything from beautiful beaches to delicious food and adventure activities. This French Riviera of East has maintained its old-world charm and will give you a sense of the French culture at its best!

For Chennaites, it’s around 3 hours of drive to Pondy on the smoothest and scenic East Coast Road, the highway connecting Chennai and Pondicherry. The drive is absolutely worth if you fancy long drives, soothing music, and conversations! I love visiting Pondicherry and thats why my first blog post on my lifestyle blog is about Pondicherry and you must definitely read this thoroughly. When planning a laidback weekend in Pondy, here is list 31 things you can do in Pondicherry and feel invigorated!


31 Places to Visit In Pondicherry

1.Experience Spiritual Enlightenment at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry

Founded by Sri Aurobindo, the ashram is essentially a lively center placed in a modern urban setting. Unlike most Indian ashram, Aurobindo Ashram does not entertain any prescribed practices, compulsory meditation or rituals, but allows visitors to experience the free spirit and connect with the ultimate presence of the universe.

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2.Meet the carefree community of Auroville in Pondicherry

Founded by Mirra Alfassa, a French Saint in 1968, Auroville aims at building a community where people from different nationalities could come and live together in peace and harmony. The main highlight of Auroville is Matirmandir “temple of the mother”, it’s a huge golden dome. A trip to Auroville is totally worth it for this architectural wonder.

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3. Get a blissful stroll at Paradise Beach in Pondicherry

If you are looking to indulge in pure solitude, The Paradise Beach is the place you should visit. It is one of the cleanest and calming beaches you will come across in Pondy, so experiencing tranquillity here is undeniable. Just sit back on one of the sand bars and let the splash of crystal clear waters wash over you.

Paradise Beach Place to Visit in Pondicherry
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4. Dive into the mesmeric under-water world with Scuba Diving in Pondicherry

Believe it or now, Pondicherry is one of the best scuba diving destinations in India. You can dive through the Eastern Coast and discover the enthralling beauty of the marine life. It includes corals, kingfish, eagle, parrot fish, sea snakes, angelfish, lionfish and many other marine organisms. Organized by PADI certified drivers, this adventure sport is not something you should miss!

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5. Catch a Rock at Promenade Beach

Promenade Beach is one of the highly adorable beaches in Pondicherry. This 1.2 KM long rocky beach is a haven for tourists and beach enthusiasts. The beach is bordered by a long walkway where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset through a casual walk. As you explore Promenade beach, you will find a black statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sea-facing restaurant, beach shacks and food cart that enhances the beauty of the beach.

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6. Get a glimpse of France through White Town

White Town is one of the most popular markets in Puducherry district, and it was the former headquarters of French. It still manages to offer a sense of French flavor after all these years. The shopping hub covers two major boutiques – Cane Lab Design and La Maison Rose, which are still run by French nationals. In addition, you can also explore Casablanca, Living Art Lifestyles, and Yaka Home design.

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 7. Explore the rich history of Pondy through Pondicherry Museum

Spend some quality time exploring the French era through Pondicherry Museum. The museum boasts old French arms such as guns, knives, muskets, and swords along with statutes made up of stones and metals. An area of the museum is entirely covered with authentic French era objects such as dinner table, grandfather clock, mirrors, furniture and more.

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8. Get into some Surfing action at Serenity Beach

Pondicherry waves go as high as 12 ft, which makes it most sought after surfing destinations in India. Serenity beach sees most of the surfing action by tourist and localities. Among all the things to do around Pondicherry, surfing can be the most exciting activity if you love plath the moving waves and tryst with the peaceful wind.

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 9. Elephant blessing at Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Like the name suggests, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Unlike another Hindu temple, Sri Manakula Vinayagar has Lakshmi, the Elephant who visits the temple daily and blesses her devotee with her trunk. The temple was built over 3 centuries ago and still has the magnificent architecture in all likelihood.

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 10. Repose at Auroville Beach

If you are a beach person, then you already know what it is to reunite with oneself at the seashore. Auroville or Auro beach is one such destination where you can capture a moment of repose and indulge in yourself. This place is also ideal for swimmers as it contains shallow waters.

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11. Go street shopping without troubling your pocket much

Pondy is an excellent place for street shopping. The city is loaded with street shops. Casablanca and Kalki (on Mission Street), J.N Street, Serenity Beach Bazaar, Saram China Market,Goubert Market, Mahatma Gandhi Street, Romain Rolland Street, and Vinayagar Temple Street are some of the best places to shop in Pondicherry. Apparels, leather products, handmade paper, shoes, spices, and jewelry are some of the obvious hard-to-resists items to shop for. Of course, don’t forget to use your bargaining skills!

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12. Sail in Luxury

Sailing through coastline of Pondicherry is a must do activity for thrill seekers. Pondicherry has a wholesome range of yachts decked with all possible luxury and comfort you imagine while grooving on the water. Pondicherry sailing association offers a large number of sailing activities for both children and adults along with discoveries and competitions.

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 13. Grab a copy of your favorite book from Romain Rolland Library

Established in 1827, Romain Rolland Library in Pondicherry is one of the oldest Indian libraries and is worth a visit. Named after a French Scholar Romain Rolland, the library has a rich collection of more than 3,00,000 books from both English and French language. If you are in Pondy for a few days, then you will not regret reading a book from their rare collection near the seaside.

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14. Spend some quiet time at Mahe Beach

Mahe beach is a must-visit tourist spot offering a tranquil retreat for a holiday. This place is usually less crowded and often you will watch fisherman doing their daily fishing activity for a living. Go ahead and take some time enjoying the gorgeous views of the shoreline along the Indian Ocean at Mahe Beach.

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15. Try boating and Canoeing at Karaikal beach

Karaikal beach is an ultimate destination for experiencing some thrilling water sports including boating, kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, overnight camping and backwater sailing. Some of the activities are kids friendly as well, so don’t hesitate to visit Karaikal beach with your family.

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16. Visit Churches that represents French culture and architecture

You might not be able to visit all 32 churches that are available in Pondicherry, yet some popular ones like Church of Our Lady of Angels, Dupleix Church, and Immaculate Conception Cathedral are among the biggest and oldest churches in Pondicherry. These churches welcome people from all religion and offer peace of mind in all sense. Don’t miss out on the beautiful French architecture and culture that these churches hold within.

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17. Unwind at the Dune Eco Village and Spa

Designed with an artistic concept resort, The Dune Eco Village and Spa comprises of cottages overlooking the Bay of Bengal. This place is spread over 35 acres offering 30 aesthetic villas and 20 rooms clubbing modern and traditional architecture. Swimming pool, tennis court, spa, organic farm etc are other highlights of Dune Eco Village.

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18. Do something productive at Sita Cultural Center

Sita Cultural Center is a Franco Indian Cultural Center, which is one of the most interesting spots in Pondy. The center offers varieties of fun classes for rejuvenation during holidays. You can choose and join classes ranging from Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, kolam, Indian cooking and more.

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19. Take a bicycle tour

Pondicherry offers amazing guided bicycle tours that take you to classical French colonies, cultural centers, Green Quarter, historical sites and more on a vintage bicycle. You can get a snapshot of this beautiful French capital of India in less than two hours. The tour ends with South Indian breakfast – Idli, chutney, sambar and delectable filter coffee.

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20. Experience French style nightlife

The union territory comes to life as the sunsets and stars begin to rule the sky. Pondy has a lot to offer for fun seekers for both singles and couples. It owns some of the most sizzling nightlife places in the state. Zero House, Asta, Paradise Lounge, Poudou Poudou, Pub Zipper, and Bamboo Bar are some nightlife places in Pondicherry worth exploring!

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21. Pamper your taste bud of French and South India Cuisines

Beyond doubts, Pondicherry is a foodie’s delight place offering a wide range of cuisines from traditional French and South Indian dishes. Although there is a lot of popular seafood restaurants, even vegetarian and vegan people can find great places to satisfy their taste bud. Most restaurants are built in an old-fashioned way with some comforting ambiance.

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22. Don’t leave Pondy without trying Wine

Thanks to the French influence, Pondicherry is a place where wine is served in most restaurants. Pondy is not much popular for wine-producing, yet the French capital city of India imports good wines from across the globe to serve their customer. Complete your French dining experience with a glass of good-old wine!

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23. Learn Yoga and Meditation at Yoganjali Natyalayam

Yoganjali Natyalayam is a school of yoga and meditation where different forms of Yoga including hatha yoga, vinyasa, Bikram, Ashtanga are taught by professionals. You can spend an entire day or two and learn spiritual awakening through beginners or advance available courses.

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24. Contemplate the exquisiteness of Reppo Beach

Reppo beach is a place for people that just want to get away from the every-day noise and rejuvenate themselves. There is less crowd and has a calming ambiance that is the reason most tourists prefers spending time at Reppo beach. This beach is located near Auroville.

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25. Visit Old Lighthouse

Apart from being a popular landmark, Old Lighthouse that was built in 1836 is recognized as a unique piece attraction because of its round tower. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Pondicherry; however, it is not operational today.

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26. Discover nature’s epic beauty through Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden in Pondicherry attracts children and adults in equal measure. Laid out during 1826 in the ornate French Style, this Botanical Garden is a house of more than 1500 species of plants. You will be lucky to experience musical fountain show that is organized at regular intervals.

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27. Learn the Clay art at Golden Bridge Pottery Center

Pottery is a beautiful thing! Here you get a chance to mold the clay into anything you can imagine. If you were ever interested in Pottery then trying the art at Golden Bridge Pottery Center is something you can’t miss. You might not master the art of pottery for the first time, yet getting your hands on wet clay will surely be mesmerizing.

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28. Treat your eyes watching birds fly at Ousteri Lake

Also known as Osudu Lake is a home for some unique bird species including 40 migratory birds, Painted Stork, Golden Oriole, White Ibis, Tailor Bird and Openbill Stork. It possesses mudflats and marshy lands, which is designated as a significant wetland of Asia via IUNA. There is nothing compares to watching these colorful birds fly, while gentle Pondy breeze brushing your cheeks, it’s blissful!

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29. Bharati Park for Leisure Traveller 

Bharati Park or Government Park is one of the greenest attractions you will ever come across. Make sure you visit Bharati Park in Pondicherry if you are coming with family. As this park is a wonderful picnic spot covering green lawns, huge playground, pond and granite benches for having some refreshing moments with friends and family.

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30. Take a Boat Ride through Chunnambar Boat House

The boat ride is another popular activity that tourist love to do. You can hire a boat- either speedboat or a regular boat through Chunnambar Boat House and take a fun-filled ride at Paradise Beach.

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31. Horse Riding At Red Earth Institute in Pondicherry 

In the outskirts of Pondicherry around Auroville, you have an option to stay in Blackbox a home made of abandoned containers and right inside you have Red Earth that hosts about 30 Horses. You can pay Rs. 800 for a 1 hour horse riding training from the experts.


And Finally, Sit back and relax

Not to forget that Pondicherry is a place to relax and unwind. So if you are not in the mood to try any of the activity the best is to sit back on the beach and relax!

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There is something for everyone over here in Pondicherry, so plan your next holiday here and for sure you will fall in love with this small little nature’s own place!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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