Activities & Attractions Around Hotel de l'Orient, Pondicherry

All Neemrana properties are ‘non–hotel’ Hotels, because they were originally built for other purposes. All efforts have been made to maintain the old charm of Hotel de l”Orient while ensuring more than the basic comforts that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since the 18th century. The “non-hotel” hotel offers a unique experience of seeing and ‘living’ history along with a range of local excursions that help our guests unwind and rediscover themselves. Nothing about the Neemrana experience is ordinary. Plan a day trip to Auroville. Stroll to the Promenade and enjoy the sea breeze. Watch the stars overhead and the sea below. Savour a French mansion full of Indian warmth. Hotel de l’Orient also hosts anniversaries, birthdays and other memorable occasions.

Hotel De L'Orient - 18th C, Pondicherry Pondicherry Sightseeing


There are a number of historical places that are worth visiting in Pondicherry. The Botanical Gardens, Bharathi Park, the Museum, and the Romain Rolland Library are in close proximity to Hotel de l’Orient. Also take the Heritage Walk organized by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). 

Hotel De L'Orient - 18th C, Pondicherry Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram

Aurobindo Ashram

The Aurobindo Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926, and is a major attraction for Indians and foreigners.  Sri Aurobindo's teachings have influenced not just the Indian mindset, but are also widely acknowledged in western thought. It is a 15 minute walk from Hotel de l’Orient.

Hotel De L'Orient - 18th C, Pondicherry Pondicherry Beach


The Chunnambar Beach is located at a distance of 8 km south of Pondicherry. Apart from watching the waves and relaxing and unwinding under the sun, there are other activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, and parasailing for the adventurous!  

Hotel De L'Orient - 18th C, Pondicherry Pondicherry Ancient Historical Churches

Ancient Historical Churches

Pondicherry has 18th and 19th century churches which are reminiscent of the French in India. Amongst them are the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Eglise Notre Dame de la Conception, the Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, the Eglise Notre Dame de Lourdes and the Chapel of the Sisters of Cluny.

Hotel De L'Orient - 18th C, Pondicherry Pondicherry Matri Mandir

Auroville & Matrimandir

Auroville – a universal town of humanity with its quiet spiritual experience is a must-see in Pondicherry. You need to be there between 10 and 12 noon for the morning entry or between 2 and 4 pm for the afternoon entry.  
In the middle of Auroville lies the Matri Mandir – a gigantic golden golf ball and the meditation chamber within. It is described as a place of perfect peace bathed in light refracted through a prism inserted in the topmost part of the dome.  
The Peace area in which the structure is situated has three main features: the Matri Mandir itself with its twelve gardens, twelve petals and future lakes, the Amphitheater and the Banyan Tree.