Hostels in Pondicherry, India

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Get to know Pondicherry (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Pondicherry. To help you make friends with Pondicherry before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Pondicherry (also known locally as Puducherry) is the only place in India where you can still breathe in a little French influence. Once known as the "French Riviera of India," this place is a former French colony and, even today, still has some distinct characteristics found nowhere else in this massive country.

Pondicherry is best enjoyed on foot or bicycling around -- there is a seafront walking/biking area very popular with tourists and locals alike. This makes for a perfect spot for people-watching, particularly in the evenings, weekends, and holidays. The buildings around this area, in variable states of conservation, mix French and local architecture.

The symbiosis between French and Indian traditions is also notable in the cuisine -- local dishes are a fusion of French preparations and Indian spices and can therefore be very interesting. As it is located by the coast, seafood is always a good option, too!

There are a lot of accommodation options in Pondicherry, as it is quite a touristic area of the state of Tamil Nadu. For backpackers and the budget conscious, there are several Pondicherry hostels and small guest houses to choose from. The closer you are to the sea, the pricier the Pondicherry hostels tend to be, as this is the main touristic area. Go a little inward towards the centre of town for cheaper options if you'd like, and be rest assured that auto-rickshaws and tempos (small collective autos) go by all day and until fairly late at night. The ride shouldn't cost you much.

If you see the movie "Life of Pi," you'll recognize some scenes shot in Pondicherry, as the main character of the movie (and book) is from there!

Written by local enthusiast for Pondicherry hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Pondicherry hostels zararock

FAQ about Pondicherry Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Pondicherry. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Pondicherry. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Pondicherry costs on average $7 for a dorm. A hostel in Pondicherry with private rooms costs on average $29. shows all 10 Hostels in Pondicherry. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Your Packing List for Pondicherry

Your Packing List for Pondicherry

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Pondicherry and India.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Pondicherry Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Pondicherry, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
10 Total number of hostels
$7 Average dorm price
$29 Average private room price
$5 Cheapest hostel in Pondicherry
Valentine Hostel is the cheapest
8 Average rating of all hostels

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