Flights from Pondicherry – The Land of Serenity and Spirituality
Pondicherry (officially, Puducherry) is a quaint little town on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Known for its French heritage, tree-lined boulevards, heritage buildings, and its association with spirituality, Pondicherry is a place like none other. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and French are the popular languages, Tamil being the most spoken. During your stay in Pondicherry, you must visit the Auroville, international City of Unity, Gingee Fort, the temple towns (Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai and Chidambaram), the sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mahabalipuram, and the cool lush hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal.
The Pondicherry Airport is a small one and does not accommodate a lot of flights and airlines. There are few small aircrafts that ply to Pondicherry from Bangalore and Hyderabad. However, if you intend to travel to major Indian cities and international destinations, it would be best to travel to Chennai, from where, you can have access to most major airlines. Chennai Airport is about 135 km away from Pondicherry and you can easily avail any bus service, either private or public. You can also opt for trains from Villupuram, the nearest rail station from Pondicherry.
Domestic Airlines with Flights from Pondicherry
Indigo offers multiple flights daily to important hubs like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. Overall, there are about 55 options available everyday from Chennai. Air India offers direct flights to the 4 major metros daily. Jet Airways offers a combination of direct and hopping flights. The direct flights ply to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. The hopping flights ply mostly to Kolkata via Mumbai. The other two popular airlines with flights from Chennai include SpiceJet and GoAir. These flights are a mix of direct and connecting ones (which mostly halt at Mumbai).
International Airlines with Flights from Pondicherry
The prominent airlines with flights from Chennai include Air India, Jet Airways, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways. Etihad Airways offers the maximum choices to New York with daily flights via Abu Dhabi, Paris and Mumbai. Air India, Emirates and Jet Airways offer the highest number of flights to London every day. The stopovers are mostly at Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Colombo, Bahrain, Muscat, Frankfurt, Bangkok, Bangalore, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hyderabad and Trivandrum. If you have plans of traveling to Singapore or Sydney, you will get multiple options every day. Air India offers around 40 flight combinations to Singapore daily. Etihad offers around 30 options to Sydney every day and these are a mix of single and double stop flights.
With numerous options available at your disposal, you can now travel to most of the popular domestic and international destinations with ease. To check flight schedules and book cheap air tickets, download the Yatra app on your smartphone and let the planning begin!