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Visit Arikamedu

Located at a distance of 7 kms from Pondicherry is Arikamedu. It is one of the architectural marvels situated in a place where Mortimer Wheeler conducted his best known excavation. Arikamedu is also known as Arikan-medu or Poduke which literally means eroding mound.

Located at a distance of 7 kms from Pondicherry is Arikamedu. It is one of the architectural marvels situated in a place where Mortimer Wheeler conducted his best known excavation. Arikamedu is also known as Arikan-medu or Poduke which literally means eroding mound.

Roman lamps, glassware and gems were found during the excavation of the Arikamedu site. Fragments of decorative ceramic tiles, pieces of pottery and glass were also excavated from Arikamedu and are on display at the Pondicherry museum. According to the renown archaeologist wheeler Arikamedu was initially a tamil fishing village. He also stated that it was formerly a major Chola port wherein bead making and trading with Roman traders took place.

At present arikamedu is a part of Ariyankuppam Commune and is known to be inhabited since prehistoric times.Trade during the Roman period was conducted at the backwaters of Ariyankuppam river. The excavated trenches were filled up recently after the cyclone and one can only find perpendicular walls and a mission house left at the site. Additionally fishermen's boats, catamarans and a burial urn can be seen near Arikamedu.

Apart from historical significance Arikamedu is place clustered around Coconut and Mango Trees and serves as a retreat for nature lovers.The place has a picturesque view resembling like the Garden of Eden with mangoes and orchards.

Open : Every Day

Visiting Charges : Not Applicable

Timing

Every day

PREFFERED BY

Nature Lovers,Adventure Seekers , Photographer

TIME SPENT

1 to 2 hours

ENTRY FEE

No Entry fee

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Beaches
  • Altitude

    None
  • STD Code

    0413
  • Best Season

    October - March
  • State/Code

    Pondicherry/None
  • LANGUAGES

    Tamil, French, English, Telugu, Malayalam