Promenade Beach, known as Pondicherry Beach and also as the Rocky Beach by the locals is a popular stretch of Beachfront in the city of Pondicherry along the Bay of Bengal. The Promenade is a 1.5 Km long Beach Road. On one side of this road lies the Sea and on the other side there are many important French time buildings and landmarks.
The Promenade is the focal point of Pondicherry and the most important tourist attraction in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. This road is closed for vehicular traffic from 6pm to 6am in the morning; when you can see many walkers and in the evening the eateries are a big attraction among locals and tourists.
Some of the most prominent landmarks along the Promenade are the French War Memorial for the French soldiers who laid down their lives in World Wars, the 4-metre tall Mahatma Gandhi Statue which is surrounded by eight granite pillars, the 2.88-metre tall statue of Dupleix in the Dupleix park, the marble statue of the heroic French damsel Joan of Arc, Church of Our Lady of the Angels, the adjacent White Town – which is like a typical French Town, the old Lighthouse, the old Customs office and Le Café the old Port office and now a popular waterfront café. And there are a number other heritage properties, Hotels and Restaurants along this Beach Road. You can see attached; our photographs at these landmarks.
The Sunrise and Moonrise are extremely beautiful here and our walks along the beach which you can see in the attached video will always be remembered by us. Several years ago when I visited Pondicherry a number of times the sandy beach along the Beach Road was accessible but now due to coastal erosion it has become a man made rocky beach; to avoid further erosion of the beach. Yet the entire stretch looks extremely beautiful even now, perhaps much more awesome than before.