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No:2 New Railway Road
Phone: (91) 435 241-1110
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No:2 New Railway Road, Kumbakonam, IN
- Phone: (91) 435 241-1110
- Fax: (91) 435 241-1113
Located next to the Indira Gandhi Sports Stadium, the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium is a haven for sports enthusiasts. At the center of the stadium is the basketball court, whereas, the court is surrounded by other facilities for volleyball, badminton and table tennis. Apart from events and competition of these sports, the stadium is also host to state and national-level events of sqay, judo and karate.
Located in Uppalam, the Indira Gandhi Sports Stadium is a multipurpose stadium comprising a number of facilities for sports enthusiasts. Under the administration of the Puducherry State Sports Council, the stadium holds a hockey and foot ball field along with a volleyball court and a badminton court. Apart from the events of these sports, the stadium is also host to a number of state and national level track and field events.
If the relaxed pace of Puducherry gets to you and you find yourself bored with nothing to do, head to Fun Center. Located on the Subbiah Salai, this family entertainment center has just the thing you need. Set on three levels, the center has variety of entertainment options from an array of arcade games to air-hockey. If you're a gaming freak, the in-house Play Station 3 and Nintendo Wii will keep you occupied for hours. There's also an entire level dedicated to kids with a number of games to keep them on their toes. Highlight of the center is the mini-bowling alley which draws the maximum crowd. Though its not too large with four lanes, its extremely addictive especially if you're out with a group. The great array of options make Fun Center, truly a place for some clean fun.
Built in 2003, N. T. Mahal is easily accessible by road with other towns and villages through public transportation. This beautifully designed venue is used for private functions, art exhibitions, weddings and seminars. It features a large main hall, dining area, a kitchen and dressing rooms.
An international organization dedicated to promoting the French language and culture, Alliance Francaise has a world-wide presence with a number of locations in major cities. Compared to other cities in India, the Alliance Francaise in Puducherry has a much larger presence, primarily because of the city's French connection. Understandably, its activities in the city go much beyond the usual language classes. Their main office in Puducherry, housed in the the Maison Bellocq on rue Suffren is home to their administrative offices, a number of classrooms for language classes as well as a 200 seat auditorium. The organization is highly active with cultural events and exhibitions happening throughout the year. On any given weekend, you'll find a little crowd outside the building gearing either for a concert, an exhibition or other cultural event. They also have a separate facility called the Maison Colombani on Dumas Street which houses an art gallery and a French cafe. The organization hosts a number of French and Indian artists regularly and is the foremost cultural center in the city.
The Kamban Kalai Arangam on Puducherry's Bussy Street is a spacious state-of-the-art performing arts space that hosts many concerts, recitals, cultural events and functions. Named after the prominent Tamil poet Kamban, the "arangam" meaning "auditorium" is a popular event venue in the city.
Alliance Francaise's association with Puducherry for more than 120 years has been marked by development in art and culture, be it local or those belonging to its native land. The Maison Colombani on the rue Dumas presents itself as a cultural center that affirms this association by hosting a number of artistic as well as cultural events from time to time. This white-washed structure comprises an art gallery and a multi-media center that hosts a number of concerts, exhibitions and dance events throughout the year. It also serves as a main center for contemporary art exhibition for local talents. Besides, the Cafe de Flore which spills out on its courtyard serves as a decent place for breakfast and lunch. This sea-front cultural center is bound to enthrall you with the plethora of events that takes place throughout the year.
Newton Theater, located opposite the famous Botanical Garden, is a great entertainment venue in Puducherry, featuring some of the latest blockbusters that Hindi and Tamil cinema have to offer.
Located on the Anna Salai, a little ahead of Anna Square, Ratna Theatre is a local movie theater in the Indian Quarter. The theater appeals to the local populace as it predominantly screens Tamil cinema often referred to as Kollywood. Although, the theater has been around for some time now, it's equipped with comfortable seating as well as a digital sound system for a great movie-going experience.
Alliance Francaise de Pondichery is part of the renowned group of French institutes located all across the globe. The institute not only teaches its students the French language but also offers a wholesome cultural experience. The Alliance Francaise de Pondichery Auditorium plays host to numerous weekly and monthly activities such as film screenings, live performances and various other cultural events. The space can also be rented out by the members at a nominal price. For further details about the venue and its renting policies, one can contact the office or send queries via mail.
The Muruga Cinema Hall in Puducherry features several regional Tamil blockbusters and with shows taking place four times a week, it's a popular choice among movie lovers, making advance booking highly advisable.
One of the oldest movie theaters in Puducherry, Balaji Theatre is also believed to be the first to showcase a 70mm film in the city. Located on the Kamraj Salai, the theater showcases Tamil movies only and caters to the local populace. While the building exteriors show signs of age, the air-conditioned screening hall has been well-maintained. Going by the advent of new glitzy multiplexes with plush facilities, one would imagine that the days of such cinemas are over. However, one look at the box-office queue is sure to change this perception. The theater remains one of the city's all-time favorites.