If you want to go to such travel destination in India during Christmas where there is serene beauty, cleaner and calmer beaches, grand churches with a real Christmas feel, some really nice architecture having French orientation, some adventurous water sports, scuba diving to be specific, Pondicherry is the right Christmas vacation destination in India for you! And if that’s not enough, you can have a spiritual encounter with Aurobindo’s spiritual teachings!
Pondicherry, now renamed as Puducherry, could be a nice and different kind of place you could visit this Christmas. There are plenty of things to see in the city and around it, like The Beach or Promenade, the French Quarter, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Chunnambar Boat House, Oustery Lake, Botanical Garden, and the Barathi Park among others. The city receives a steady stream of visitors, but it’s not a tourist trap. Pondicherry never gets too crowded, even during Christmas. So if you are thinking of spending a few nice and quiet days, then this could be the right destination for you. You will rarely find a better time than Christmas to visit Pondicherry. Keep reading to learn why.
However having said this, it’s good to realize right away that you won’t exactly be the only tourist visiting Pondicherry during Christmas. Do make your bookings early because most of the hotels are going to be full. Pondicherry certainly has fewer hotels and guest houses than many other tourist heavens in India, and thus, even say 500 tourists could make it difficult for you to book your accommodation on arrival. And given the fewer number of hotels, these can cost you more, particularly the ones beside the sea.
Christmas Celebration in Pondicherry
Pondicherry is a great place to visit during the Christmas and for good reasons too. This is a former French colony, and to this day, there is a decent expat population living here. Some of them who have gone back make it a point to come back during Christmas, and celebrate their time here on the special occasion. So it becomes something like a mini France. With so many Christians living in the city, it would certainly be a different kind of experience celebrating Christmas among them.
Although according to the popular belief, Christmas in Goa is the only option for Christians due to many churches there but the truth is that you will find a lot of churches in Pondicherry as well like Goa and some other places with a good Christian population. And of course these churches are all decorated during Christmas. Do make it a point to visit at least a couple of these churches and attend the mass. This will definitely be a unique experience. Also, listen to those singers singing carols. You will find the French too singing these carols along with Indian Christians. There will be Christmas trees everywhere too.
The next thing to experience in the city is its fabulous dinners during Christmas. There are many restaurants here that offer the traditional turkey dinner during the festive season.
Why go to Pondicherry for Christmas Vacation
Many people go on a vacation during the Christmas break. And so, most tourist places are crowded. Pondicherry is one good exception, though there are French people visiting from France and elsewhere. Plus, you will get to experience Christmas with Christians. That’s a unique thing too.
And of course, there are all those usual attractions as well – the wonderful beaches, the Promenade, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and the gardens and lakes. You can do a bit of everything during Christmas here.
Things to do in Pondicherry during Christmas
- Go to a church and attend the mass.
- See the special Christmas decorations.
- Listen to Christmas carols, or try singing yourself.
- Attend a traditional turkey dinner.
- Do some beach hopping.
- Pay a visit to Auroville and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
- Get out of town and see some of the attractions nearby like Tiruvakkarai, Arikamedhu, Mandagupattu, and even Mahabalipuram perhaps.
- Experience the calm, serene beauty of Pondicerry. Feel it to the core of your heart!