The main Ashram building, where the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is located, is open to all during visiting hours: 8.00 a.m. to 12 noon and 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. At other times, you need to have a pass in order to enter. If you get accommodation in any of the Ashram Guest Houses, you will be given the appropriate passes. However, for those not staying at an Ashram guest house, the Bureau Central can help by providing information and the pass you might need.
You can also get information on available accommodation in Ashram Guest Houses, visitor passes, and other general questions regarding your stay.
There are also express and local bus services between the cities. Buses run from Chennai to Pondicherry from the Koyembedu Bus Stand at Koyembedu Market E Rd, Virrugambakkam, Koyambedu, a distance of about 10 km from Egmore Station.
If you choose to travel by taxi from the airport or the train station, you can book in advance with the Ashram’s car service, Autocare. This is usually less expensive than hiring a taxi from Chennai. For a complete list of destinations, services and tariffs please refer to Autocare's website.
Pondicherry Airport (PNY) has daily flights to and from Bengaluru (Bangalore) and Hyderabad, from where you can travel to other major Indian cities.
Bus and Train Services in Pondicherry
|TTC Express Bus Service||8.00am to 8.00pm (daily)||+91-413-2237464|
|TPTC General Bus Service||5.00am to 12.30pm
2.00pm to 9.30pm (daily)
|Railway Station||8.00am to 1.00pm
1.15 pm to 8.00 pm (weekdays)
8.00 am to 2.00 pm (Sundays)
There are some Ashram-related guest houses as well as many hotels and lodges in Pondicherry, but there too one should try to reserve accommodation in advance. Travel sites on the internet list descriptions and contact information.