Promenade Beach, Pondicherry

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Photography, Nature lovers, Walking, Sightseeing
  • Entrance Fee: Free of charge
  • Visiting Time: Open round the clock for pedestrians, open from 7:30 AM to 6 PM for vehicular traffic
  • Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Promenade Beach in Pondicherry is one of the most visited places in this beautiful coastal city. The beach stretches almost 1.5 kilometres and has important landmarks that tell tales of bygone times. The statue of Joan of Arc, Dupleix’s statue, the old heritage hall, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and the old lighthouse greet visitors at the beach.

Promenade Beach
Photo by N D Senthil Ram, CC BY-SA 2.0

Traveler Tips

  • A visit to the Promenade Beach in Pondicherry is best undertaken in early morning and late evening as the vehicular traffic is stopped and children can roam around freely on the street.
  • A tourist information center is located near the beach in an old and beautiful building. You can easily find all the information you need about the city at this place.
  • Carry sunscreen and wear comfortable clothes when you visit the beach to have a safe and comfortable trip.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the awe-inspiring scenery at the beach.

Things to Do

  • Take a long walk on the 1.5-kilometer-long beach with your loved ones for a memorable experience.
  • Go on a guided tour of the historical statues and halls around the area.
  • Sip a good ole cup of Joe in one of the classic cafes in front of the beach.

Availability of Guides

You can find guides to show you around the area but a trip to the beach does not require any special guided tours.

Best Time to Visit

The months of October to March are the best time to visit Pondicherry as the temperatures stay at a pleasant 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.

How to Reach

The beach is situated near the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram and can be easily reached through Beach Road near the M.G. Road area.

Interesting Facts and Trivia About Promenade Beach

  • Though the name itself is “Promenade Beach”, this place is really just a paved sidewalk along the sea for people to walk on. Not a typical beach at all.
  • The Promenade beach is also called Mahatma Gandhi Beach because of the famous Mahatma Gandhi statue situated opposite to it.
Promenade Beach Pondicherry
Photo by Sanyam Bahga, CC BY-SA 3.0

Nearby Attractions

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Arikamedu
  • Matrimandir
  • Sri Gokilamabal Thirumaleshwara Temple
  • Auroville
  • Jawahar Toy Museum
  • Pondicherry Museum
  • Arikamedu
  • French War Memorial
  • Manakula Vinayagar Koil
  • Chunnambar Backwater

Nearby Restaurants         

  • Baker Street
  • Surguru Restaurant
  • Rendezvous Cafe Restaurant
  • La Pasta World
  • Selva’s Sea View Restaurant
  • The Indian Kaffe Express
  • Le Club
  • Asian House
  • Sea gulls Bar and Restaurant
  • Satsanga
  • La Villa Shanti

The Promenade Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Pondicherry for all the right reasons. Offering some of the finest restaurants and views in the town, this famous tourist destination is the one place you must visit on your trip to Pondicherry. The Promenade will not only make up for the beautiful pictures but will also give you memories you would cherish for a long time.

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