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One of the must visit places in Pondicherry is Arikamedu. Arikamedu is a great tourist spot as it has a lot of historical relevance. Arikamedu in Pondicherry, Arikamedu Regions, Arikamedu attractions, Arikamedu places A lot of students arrive here on study tours periodically. It is located on the banks of the Ariyankuppam River about 4 km from Pondicherry. This place is remembered as a trade centre of the Romans a number of centuries back.

The place was excavated several times and it was concluded that this city was essentially into bead making and fishing and had trade relations with the Romans. A lot of excavated material shows sign of Roman presence here. Arikamedu in Pondicherry, Arikamedu Regions, Arikamedu attractions, Arikamedu places There are coins, ceramics and other materials excavated here that show a clear Roman connection.

Wine was supposed to have been imported whereas exports included textiles, glass, and so on. Chola coins have also been found here. The excavations brought into light several important findings of olden time. There have been references made of this ancient city in Tamil as well as Roman literature.
The findings of Arikamedu have been preserved in the Pondicherry museum for all to see.

A present day visitor is not likely to find any specimens of the excavated material. There are the perpendicular walls and the mission house which are the only remnants of the past. The trenches created by the excavations have been filled up. Now the place has a thick mango and coconut plantation.

Tourists can take the river cruise which is about 20 minutes and enjoy the view of the Veerampattinam Beach, the Aryankuppam River and the lighthouse. The journey as well as the destination is equally beautiful. This trip down the river is bound to bring you closer to nature.

Arikamedu in Pondicherry Arikamedu Regions - The Roman treasure track and Arikamedu attractions river cruise take the tourist down the history lane. It is a wonderful experience which a tourist would love to explore.

Arikamedu places - Arikamedu attractions is nestled in the bank of Ariyankuppam River which is 8 Kms south of Pondicherry on the way to Cuddalore. It is located on the Cuddalore main road; all buses going to Cuddalore will take you to the bus-stop near the river.

The Union Territory of Pondicherry with a 32 km long coastline on the Coromandel Coast is a well-planned French Boulevard town. A perfect family holiday destination, it has everything that helps one to relax and enjoy.

The numerous palm-fringed beaches, splendid seafront resorts, beautiful backwaters, wondrous opportunities and facilities for water sports centre, fabulous tiny fishing villages and hamlets and handy harbor make it a much-beloved tourist spot. Its highlights are the pier, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the world-class Auroville city and the internationally acclaimed Yoga centers.

Besides the city of Pondicherry as its capital lying 162 km South of Chennai, the other regions included in this Union Territory are Karaikal, 132 km South of Pondicherry, Yanam in the East Godavari district in Andhra Pradhesh and Mahe in the Cannanore District of Kerala.

There are no records to indicate the exact origin of Pondicherry. According to the legends, in the ancient times, the town was once called Vedapuri because of its renowned Vedic culture. It was also the abode of the great saint known as Sage Agastya. His Ashram is said to stand on the same site as that of Sri Aurobindo Ashram today by Prof. Jonvean Dubrouil, the French archeologist.

6 km from here, the excavations at Arikamedu have brought forth the ruins of the ancient port town with trade connections with Rome and Greece dating back to the period between 100 BC and 100 AD. Chola coins dating back to 11th and 12th centuries have also been found here.

The above artefacts are displayed from the excavations at Arikamedu can be viewed in the Pondicherry Museum. Whatever is the past the modern Pondicherry was born with the arrival of the French in 1673 who ruled for about 281 years in the area and a profound influence of Southern France can still be seen in the region.

 

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Auroville Chunnambar Backwater 
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Arikamedu
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The French Heritage Pondicherry Culture
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