Arikamedu: Roman Emporia Poduca

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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3 to 4 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Coffee and/or Tea - Some snacks will be provided along with the beverages
    What's excluded :
    • Private transportation
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Arikamedu Archaeological Site, Arikamedu Rd, Veerampattinam 605007 India

    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.

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    The Sacred Heart Basilica, Door No, 132, South Boulevard, Near Railway Station, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001, India
    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).
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/12/2021 - 6/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    1/12/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Roman Emporia Poduca: Arikamedu Archaeological Site

Activity ID: V-234031P1

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