Visitor's Information Centre
This is the Ashram information centre for visitors. It provides visitors with
the following services:
- It hosts a permanent exhibition introducing the life and yoga of Sri
Aurobindo and the Mother through their own writings. It also offers a
glimpse into the Ashram and its activities.
- It conducts video programmes everyday in the morning (except Sundays)
and in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Fridays to help visitors understand Sri
Aurobindo, the Mother, their work and the Ashram.
- It has a large map of Pondicherry with relevant places marked on it.
- It guides visitors in finding accommodation in the Ashram guest houses.
- It provides information regarding the Ashram and its activities.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is located in Pondicherry, a small coastal town 160 km
south of Chennai, in South India. Visitors wanting to travel to Pondicherry will
most likely have to pass through Chennai, whether they arrive there by air,
train or road, and thereafter cover the remaining distance to Pondicherry by
road, a journey which generally takes about 3 hours.
Several private and government-owned buses leave Chennai for Pondicherry
every half-hour. However, visitors arriving at the Chennai Airport, or even
those with a lot of luggage, might find it more convenient to hire a taxi for
this leg of their journey.
A limited number of rooms are available in Ashram guest houses for visitors
coming for a short visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Since accommodation is limited
and is often fully booked, it is advisable to make reservations in advance. A
list of guest houses that accept advance bookings is provided here, along with a
brief description of the facilities they provide. In case visitors come to the
Ashram without a confirmed booking, they may approach the Bureau Central, which
allots rooms according to requirements, provided accommodation is available.
While it is possible to enter the main Ashram building freely during visiting
hours, some sections of the Ashram require that you obtain a pass before you can
be allowed to enter. If you get accommodation in any of the Ashram Guest Houses,
you will be given the appropriate passes. However, for those not staying at an
Ashram guest house, the Bureau Central can help by providing information and the
pass you might need.
The Bureau Central office, designed as an exhibition hall, also provides an
introduction to the vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and their method of
spiritual practice, through permanent exhibits of photographs, captions, text,
videos and books.
There are daily conducted tours for those interested in visiting the various
units of the Ashram, the Pondicherry town, as well as the Auroville township.
For more information please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Address: 3, Rangapillai Street, Pondicherry - 605001
Phone: +91413 2233604
Timings: 6.00 am to 8.00 pm (daily)