Pondicherry has several sites of religious and spiritual interest. Additionally, visitors interested in religious sites in southern India will find Pondicherry to be an ideal base, as the city has excellent road connectivity as well as ample facilities for tourists.
Most of Pondicherry’s temples, such as the famous Manukula Vinayagar Temple, are built in the traditional Tamil style, while some such as the Kanniga Parameswari Temple, also incorporate elements of colonial influence. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are some of the prominent churches of the city. Among the city’s notable mosques, Meeran, Kuthba and Jamia are the names that come forth first.
Many travellers also visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the international township of Auroville. Visits to the Matrimandir in Auroville are possible in accordance with certain conditions.