Aayi Mandapam - Pondicherry
Situated right in the center of the Bharati Park at Pondicherry, the Aayi Mandapam which is also known as the Park monument is a historically important monument in south India. It is one among the best monuments to take a visit in Pondicherry. It was built during the rule of Napoleon III in the 16th century to honor a female courtesan named ‘Aayi’. As per lore, Aayi destroyed her own house and built a well for the people in the village. This well was the only one that helped the French during a water shortage period in Pondicherry.
The monument is built according to the French architectural style and is located at the center of the park. This monument was built to commemorate Aayi owing to her selfless act that quenched the thirst of many a people. Today the monument stands proudly in the heart of Pondicherry.
The Basilica of the sacred Heart of Jesus, rock beach and seaside beach.
Best time to visit:
November to March makes it the best time to visit the Park monument.
Way to reach:
By Air : The nearest airport is the Chennai airport at a distance of 115 kilometers.
By Train : Aayi Mandapam is connected by rail from the Pondicherry railway station which is at a distance of 4 kilometers.
By Road : The Park Monument is well connected by road to all major cities and towns of the country.