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Outdoor Activities to Have in Pondicherry– Outdoor Activities in Pondicherry – The Beautiful Outdoors of the Quaint Town

Pondicherry is famous for being a historical destination. However, the beaches, the ocean and the flora and fauna in the town provide exciting outdoor activity opportunities.

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Enjoy the water sports

Enjoy the water sports

If you are on the lookout for exciting outdoor activities in Pondicherry, head towards one of the beautiful beaches and you will find a great selection of water sports to enjoy. The most popular water sports include canoeing, boating, kayaking and backwater sailing to get up close and personal with the beautiful ocean. The town of Pondicherry is a peaceful destination and the water sports are certain to keep restless travelers excited and active. A popular spot for water sports is the lovely Paradise Beach which is remarkably free from crowds despite it being a top spot for water sports. Another popular beach is the Karaikal beach. If you are staying at a Pondicherry hotel such as the Hotel Atithi, then you won't have any problems booking some adrenaline pumping water sports.

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Indulge in some yoga

Indulge in some yoga

For those who want to work the stiffness out of their joints and to relax a little, yoga and meditation at the Aurobindo Ashram is a great choice. This ashram has been in Pondicherry since the early 1900's and has seen some considerable growth over the decades. Today, it has expanded to more than 400 buildings within Pondicherry and serves as an important spiritual destination for travellers as well as locals. Most travellers choose to visit the ashram for meditation and yoga lessons followed up by quiet walks on the beach. Meals can be enjoyed at the restaurants and the entire experience is fulfilling and ideal for someone looking to de-stress and to enjoy the lovely outdoor surroundings of Pondicherry on their holiday.

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Explore the underwater scenery

Explore the underwater scenery

Aside from Pondicherry's lovely beach views, the underwater scenery in the ocean is just as fascinating for travellers. The organizations Surfing India and Temple Adventures Scuba Diving offer a range of adventurous activities such as scuba diving in the town. Whether you are a swimmer or an expert diver, you can take advantage of this diving centre to enjoy the incredible underwater sights in the ocean. Pondicherry is home to more than 20 dive sites that include natural and artificial coral reefs and rocky outcrops. Visitors will get a chance to get up close and personal with aquatic animals such as parrotfish, moray eels, grouper, lionfish, sea snakes, king fish and banner fish while swimming along the beautiful corals. The instructors are PADI certified and visitors will be provided with top notch equipment to ensure safety and a pleasant experience under water.

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Boating tours

Boating tours

The houseboat tours at Pondicherry are an incredible sightseeing opportunity with a relaxing twist. The Chunnambar Boat House is a highly popular choice for houseboat cruises. The tour will take travellers through remote traditional villages, vibrant paddy fields, water lilies, fishing nets and lush coconut groves. Visitors will also get to catch a glimpse of crabs, turtles, otters and frogs along with water birds such as kingfisher, cormorants and terns.