This museum has an excellent gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. One can go through the history and legendary French colonial details in the section of the museum. This multipurpose museum houses sculptures from Pallava, Chola and Vijaynagara temples. There are Budhha images from Pondicherry/Kirmampakkam and bronzes from the Chola, Vijaynagara and Nayaka periods, arms and weapons. The displayed terracota figures, shards of Arretine and Roulletted ware, amhorae, burial urns, glass beads have been excavated from the surrounding historic environment.Also on view are French period furniture, mirrors, lamps, paintings, porcelain, crockery and curtlery. There is a printing press dated 1820, old journals and books which were published at Pondicherry as well as weapons like guns, swords, spears, lances and cannons.
French War Memorial
The French War Memorial on Goubert Avenue is a reminder of those brave soldiers who laid down their lives, for their country during the First World War.It was built in 1971. Every year on 14 July (Bastille Day) the memorial is beautifully illuminated and homage is paid to those brave martyrs.
Spread on 1.5 kms strech is a major attraction for travellers from all over the globe. Additionally, one can also spot the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, old lighthouse, the remains of the old pier, Dupleix statue and the old customs house located on the Promenade Beach.
The beach remains crowded with visitors enjoying sports activities like volleyball and swimming during the evening. Waterscape, ocean spray and myriad reaction of people make the beach an attractive destination of Pondicherry.
Located 8 kms from the city, also referred to as the City of Dawn, is one of those ideas that anyone with idealistic learnings will love: an international community dedicated to peace, harmony, sustainable living, and 'divine consciousness', where people from across the globe, ignoring creed, colour and nationality, work together to build a universal, cash-free, non-religious township and realise good old human unity.Roger Anger designed Auroville and at present nearly 2000 people reside there with settlements named as Grace, Fraternity, Fertile, Certitude and Transformation. Approximately two-thirds of the people living in the city are non-indians. Matri Mandir forms the centre of the temple.Additionally the city has Auroville Visitors Center situated near Bharat Nivas. The center remains open everyday from 0930 Hrs to 1730 Hrs and has an exhibition of permanent history and philosophy of the project. Information Service offering books, brochures and leaflets on various aspects of Auroville are available in the centre. Video depiction on the township and the Matrimandir can be seen at the Auroville Visitors Centre by request. Boutiques, bookshop and cafeteria are among the few amenities available at the center.
Sri Aurobindu Ashram
Located 5 kms from the city, The Ashram was formed by Mirra Alfassa (also known as ‘The Mother’) and the philosopher Sri Aurobindo, a yogi, guru and poet.
The idea of City of Down or Auroville was conceived by The Mother. The samadhi or mausoleum is located in the central courtyard under a frangipani tree and is paid respect by laying flowers on it every day.
The library and main building can be accessed after taking a pass from the Bureau Central or some of the ashram guest houses. A gate pass is required to enter the library and main building during collective meditation period. Photography inside the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is permitted only after the consent of ashram authorities.