While White Town aka the French Colony of Pondicherry is packed with alluring cafes, beaches, and shopping centres winding through narrow lanes, Auroville is located on the other side of town, away from the hustle and bustle. The quaint town is home to Matrimandir, art and craft villages, yoga centres, a picturesque beach, and healthy cafes. Read on if you intend to stay in Auroville.
Keeth House, near Auroville
The eco-stay features three beautiful cottages with thatched roofs, brick walls, and rustic decor inspired by traditional Tamil Nadu houses, all surrounded by lush green trees. Keeth House II has an open bedroom, a spacious balcony, and a kitchen.The stay is open to solo, couple and group travellers alike.
Address: Lakshya Township, 237 Second Cross Street, near Auroville, Irumbai, Tamil Nadu
Kavas Yoga Retreat, Auroville
Kavas Yoga Retreat is a holistic nature retreat with a salt pool, therapies, and an open-air cafe on-site that serves smoothie bowls, fermented drinks, and conscious vegetarian food and beverage options. The rooms are aesthetically designed, with options ranging from standard rooms to one with a beautiful bathtub and another with a kitchen, all with views of the green space.
Address: Auroville, Tamil Nadu
Mango Hill by Poppy, Auroville Road
The lovely resort is perched on top of a hill surrounded by mango and cashew plantations. This Indo-French style stay has a dozen rooms and a handful of sea-facing cottages. The space is adorned in chrome yellow and muted green colours with rustic bricks and features a multi-cuisine restaurant, spa, swimming pool, and a yoga space to unwind in the greenery.
Address: Old, Auroville Rd, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu
Gaia's Garden Guest House, Auroville Road
The quaint guesthouse has ten spacious rooms with a variety of accommodation types set amidst lush foliage. One of their best offerings is Room Garcinia, which features vintage furniture, a kitchen, picture windows, and a spacious living room. The establishment also has a colonial-style dining room, a rooftop terrace, and a lovely verandah overlooking a pond dotted with lilies.
Address: Auroville Rd, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu
Olive De Villa, Auroville Main Road
Olive De Villa is located in the heart of Auroville and offers eight different room types, ranging from well-furnished deluxe rooms to a country-style villa nestled among sprawling lawns. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves North Indian, Mughlai, and seafood dishes. It also has a refreshing pool area and is ideal for a family stay.
Address: Auroville Main Road, Auroville Bommayapalayam, Kuilapalayam, Tamil Nadu
The Canopy Guest House, Auroville Road
The guest house, which is close to both Puducherry and Auroville township, has nine rooms with minimalist and clean interiors and basic amenities, as well as a spacious family villa with a functional kitchen. On request, the property also rents out a cycle, bike, and car which allows for easy commuting.
Address: 10B, 174, Old, Auroville Rd, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Puducherry
Beyond Community, Kulliyapalayam
Beyond Community is located away from the hustle and bustle and offers aesthetically done tent stays with basic amenities and a patio setup overlooking the garden. In addition to the tent stays, they also offer a six-bed dormitory room which works best for solo travellers. The property has dogs and plenty of cats onsite, and you can notify them ahead of time if you intend to bring yours.
Address: Beyond community, near New Creation Field, Kulliyapalayam, Tamil Nadu
Sengal Boutique Hotel, Irumbai
Sengal Boutique Hotel comprises brick structures, has eight rooms with double and triple sharing accommodations, basic amenities, and offers a complimentary vegetarian breakfast to guests. The property is surrounded by greenery, has free parking, and is best suited for small families.
Address: Plot No.102, 4th Cross, Indira Nagar, Post, Alankuppam, Irumbai, Puducherry
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