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Arikamedu: Roman Emporia Poduca
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Arikamedu: Roman Emporia Poduca

By Arikamedu Archaeological Site
Travelers visiting Pondicherry will find Arikamedu mentioned in a lot of tourist brochures, as it should be, but sadly enough there is very little information to be had. And a visit to the site itself reveals nothing of the historical significance and the archaeological bounty that lies buried in layers of soil beneath the crumbling ruins of the French Mission House. Indeed, it is quite futile to go to Arikamedu unless you accompanied by someone who has knowledge of its past - stretching back to 2nd century BCE, and beyond! At the site, there is no information board, or a person to explain the history of the place.
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Ages 8-80
Duration: 3–4 hours
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  • Some snacks will be provided along with the beverages
What's not included
  • Private transportation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • If the number of travelers is more than two, we all get together at the appointed time, at a prominent landmark in the heritage town area before we start off on the excursion. For my tours, we meet at the Sacred Heart Basilica, on South Boulevard (near the Pondicherry railway station). All guests must have their own mode of travel: car/van/two-wheeler. If you don't have your own, you can hire a cab/two-wheeler (hire charges to be borne by the travelers).
  • The Sacred Heart Basilica, Door No, 132, South Boulevard, near Railway Station, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001, India We shall meet in front of the church gate.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 234031P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Arikamedu: Roman Emporia Poduca is hosted by Arikamedu Archaeological Site. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Arikamedu Archaeological Site on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Arikamedu: Roman Emporia Poduca on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 234031P1

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    The Sacred Heart Basilica
    Or, you can also get picked up
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    Arikamedu Archaeological Site
    Stop: 45 minutes
    A 45 minutes' drive to the south of Pondicherry, lies the village of Veerampattinam. On this fragmented piece of land overlooking the Bay of Bengal on one side and separated from the mainland by a narrow channel that’s part of a network of backwaters, is a mound called Arikamedu. Buried layer upon layer, the legacy of centuries of human settlements are chronicled in the very stones and artifacts that’s left behind. Century by century, I will describe to you the human settlements that took place and what they did for a living: of the cosmopolitan nature of the community that once happened to live here, and how they established the ancient trade routes during the heydays of the Roman Empire.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

capoeira1
capoeira1
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A neglected archaeological site of paramount importance
I heard about this site when I visited the Pondicherry Museum and decided to visit it as a history buff and an arch
sankalans
sankalans
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Teeming with history but not worth the effort. Don’t go walking to the river bank.
Arikamedu (2nd Century BCE) In October 1938 in the ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius i
AmitJ295
AmitJ295
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Not much to see
This is supposedly an ancient Roman port in ruins. However, there is not much to see on the site except a wall in r
anandsrivastava
anandsrivastava
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No guide, no board to explain the history
The place is in ruins and looks interesting. But the visitor is not given any information. Still worth a visit to g
Caro2503
Caro2503
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Not exciting
This site was deserted, no information was available and no one around to offer any insights. Just a bunch of ruins
JaniJermans
JaniJermans
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Morning Walk
It's the ruins from chola dynasty way back from 1st BC, i was in for a surprise that no one is maintaining it excep
spoorthi g
spoorthi g
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Nothing to see in this place
Went till 10km from my place.. just found nothing other than few broken walls. Archaeologist may like with history
sudhish_1971
sudhish_1971
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Arikamedu -Ruins of an Ancient Roman port
This Archaeological site is about 3km on the left side of puduchery-cudallore highway. If you travelling from po
Dorota Z
Dorota Z
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Breathtaking views and wonderful guides!
Breathtaking views and wonderful guides! Anyone who loves nature and history simply must visit this place. The boat
Gayatribrowncritique
Gayatribrowncritique
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Are you ready to take a boat-ride back to 'Emporia Poduca' -- The Lost Indian City in Arikamedu?
Our knowledgeable tour guides -- Pritvijit & Basu -- made Arikamedu in Kakkayanthope, Puducherry, come alive narrat
kaushalauroservice
kaushalauroservice
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A must visit place for lovers of ancient history and culture
The place takes you back into ancient history when ships from far off lands like Greece and Arabia sailed to India
Kavita D
Kavita D
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What a wonderful experience!
I had the most remarkable boat-ride with water birds sitting in the mangrove trees. I felt, in every instance, that
Amrita67
Amrita67
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Fun and learning - good choice
The trip to Arikamedu really added a load of meaning and fun to an otherwise normally "things-to-do" weekend in Pon
Traveller G
Traveller G
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Ancient Archeological Site - A very good place for Photo-shoots, Videography, Hangouts, etc. during day times.
A very good place for Photo-shoots, Videography, Hangouts, etc. during day times. Taking the help of the Local Guid
kathira s
kathira s
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A hidden gem
When we were at Pondicherry, we had pretty much seen all there's to see at the place in no time. After just browsin
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Mitra
Vadodara District, India2 contributions
Nov 2022
a remote place seems to be a forest which can be accessed only by boat. good historical monuments from 18th century. maintained by ASI. the overall feel was good
Written November 13, 2022
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