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The Church is considered as a sacred place to visit in Pondicherry and is situated 2.5 km away in the south of Pondicherry. It was established by the French missionaries in 1908 and is considered as one of the most beautiful Catholic Churches locally. It was in 2011, that the church was given the status of Basilica. It also sees the celebration of many occasions like New Year, Christmas Eve along with Easter Day as well. 

The best time to visit Puducherry is from October to March and the overall temperature during this time here ranges between 15-30 degree Celsius. For visiting the church the timings are Mon-Sat 5.30 a.m., 12.00 noon & 6.00 p.m; and Sunday Morning - 5.30 a.m. & 7.30 a.m. 

History of Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus

It was 1895 when Archbishop Mgr. Gandy successfully consecrated the Archdiocese of Pondicherry to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was done so as he wanted to build a new church in his devotion to Sacred Heart of Jesus. Taking this into account, the Rev. Fr. Telesphore Welter who was the parish priest of Nellithope church started preparing the building plan and parish priest of Cathedral Rev. Fr. Fourcaud initiated the construction of the new church in 1902. The blessing of this church and also the first mass was held at the western wing.

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Major Attractions in and Around Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

1. Sunday Market. This is one of the best places to visit around Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The charming aura of this market along with the hustle is something to look forward to.

2. Vedapureeswarar Temple. Situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road, this temple is quite an exceptional place to visit. And especially the people who have a spiritual inclination will definitely like to travel here. The spiritual aura and charm of this temple is something to cherish.

3. Ganesh Garden. The Garden is situated on Ramarajda Street. It is quite a quaint looking place which you would be quite liking to visit again and again due to its beautiful ambience.

4. Sita Cultural Center. The Sita Cultural Center is yet another destination which is known for providing various services such as Yoga and Dance, Indian style cooking and so much more to the locals. The teachers over there are quite fluent in both English and French thus are able to provide classes in whichever language that suits you best.

5. Pondy Cycle Tour. The Pondy Cycle Tour is fundamentally a 2-hour long trip which can be done every morning from 7 am - 9 am. The purpose of this tour is to discover this city in an original way. There are around 5 customed cycles which are used for this purpose. The most exciting part of this trip is the fact that it ends up with an Indian or French breakfast which is held at Sita Cultural Center.

How to Reach Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By Air. Puducherry has its own airport. It has overall good connectivity with other Indian cities. After deboarding your flight, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation like a cab or a bus to reach the church.

By Road - For travelling via road you can take a bus (private as well as public) at regular intervals of time from Chennai, Thanjavur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore. Apart from the buses, you can also take a cab or your own car as per your convenience and budget.

By Train - Puducherry has its own railway station. The railway station has good connectivity with other Indian cities. Once you reach there, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation like a cab or a bus to reach the church.

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