Discover the best top things to do in Auroville, India including Matrimandir, Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Auroville, Rock Beach, Auroville Visitors Center, Seaside Promenade, Sadhana Forest, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Susan's Kitchen, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.
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4 based on 1 reviews
The Matrimandir IS a 'destination place' to visit and experience ! One must first view a brief video, telling a bit of the structure and customs--proprieties.... and one must sign up for a time-slot to go and experience the Matrimandir.... no matter how many times or how recently one has already been there ! Be prepared for QUIET and STILLNESS !
A wonderful, quiet inspirational meditative choice is to sign uo for meditating in one of the "Petals," which are of the 12 Themese of Mother's.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Temple of the cleanest temple i visited in last few years. Wall and Ceiling murals are excellent. Laxmi, the she elephant at the entrance needs some time off. Spare her some privacy.
4 based on 122 reviews
This is our second time visiting Auroville. It is changing from five years ago. It is easy to get around by yourself, walking, bicycling, motorbikes or rented car or Tuk Tuk. It is close to Pondi (Pondicherry / Puducherry). One thing I noticed this time is the abundance of French. They do not go out of their way to be friendly and don't seem interested in meeting or talking to other nationalities. They are often downright rude. Think they forgot that Auroville was designed as a world peace center.
4.5 based on 257 reviews
Need to experience here after the sunset. It is truly amazing. Can spend your leisure time late evening. Well lit street light and police patrol around
4 based on 36 reviews
this is where all the visitors to Auroville throng.
The office for booking slots in the matri mandir is here, the museum is here, the movie is shown here (detailing the history of the place), the shops selling Auroville products are her as are all the cafes.
go here, hang around, soak in the atmosphere nd relaxxxxx and chillllllll.
4 based on 2 reviews
The Seaside Promenade parallels the mad-made rock shoreline. It is a pleasant escape from the city traffic and noise, but our experience was marred by the casual way the locals walk down to the rocks and throw their plastic bags filled with rubbish into the ocean. It may be India but it doesn't have to be that way!
5 based on 13 reviews
Sadhana Forest is a reforestation project and a sustainable living community in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, South India. Visitors are most welcome to visit Sadhana Forest at any time! Every Friday the community offers a big tour, screens a documentary and serves a vegan organic diner. All activities are free of charge and Reservations are not required. Check the Sadhana Forest website for more info.
Sadhana Forest is an amazing project doing important work. In 14 years they have brought an enormous amount of plant and animal life back to their land, while at the same time exposing thousands of guests to reforestation, water conservation, vegan food, natural architecture, solar power, conscious living, and more. Anyone visiting the Pondicherry/Auroville area should come for the weekly Friday tour and free vegan meal.
4.5 based on 744 reviews
It is a serene church in the middle of town and peaceful though too garish at times, which seems to be the style in south India.
One new thing i noticed was the gold plated garuda sthamba like structure outside the church.
A carry over of hindu tradition perhaps??
If too pressed for time give a miss but hardly takes a few minutes to go inside
5 based on 9 reviews
Food and cooking are integral to understanding Indian culture. Susan will teach you some Indian dishes, but also more importantly give some cultural understanding of India and how it relates to food. For instance, what it was like for Susan to live in a joint family, mother and daughter in law dynamics in the kitchen, the importance of round roti, etc. Learn to make chai and 3 vegetarian dishes in this 2.5 hour class. Pick any 3 dishes from this list: Aloo-gobi (potatoes and cauliflower) Baingan Ka Bertha (Mashed aubergine) Shahi Paneer Daal (lentils) Bindi (Okra) Chapatti (roti) Paratha Mango Chutney
I took a cooking class with Susan in Varanasi before she relocated to Auroville, but as it is in her family home I am sure it is just as good.
This is no big production, you are literally just in her kitchen in her home, hence why it feels very authentic. We cooked a tarka dhal and a mashed aubergine curry, along with making chappattis and chai from scratch.
It lasts a couple of hours as she talks you through the staple ingredients that start each dish, before they each evolve into their own. The results were seriously impressive, but there was just far too much food for me to finish.
I've been home for 6 months and am still cooking both these dishes all the time, and I have become a regular in my local Indian supermarket in London. This course sparked a serious interest in Indian cooking, and I can only thoroughly recommend it.
4 based on 303 reviews
It is an old French Church built in memory of French soldiers. There are huge 3D pictures of the Stations of the Cross. The side altars too have huge statues. It will leave you in awe. There is a staircase by which people can go upstairs and hear mass from the first floor.
The place is peaceful, very clean and well maintained.
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