Raj Nivas

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    Location: 4, St Martin St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 2-3 hours

    Raj Nivas is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. In Puducherry’s capital city of Pondicherry, it is placed. Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan is the present lieutenant governor of Puducherry. It used to be the official residence of the French Governors, at the time.



    The Raj Niwas is beautiful both inside and outside. There is an amazing gathering of primitive artifacts. Adding a rich and regal ambiance to it, there is a magnificent collection of brass and silver wares, crockery, coins, statues, delicate porcelain, vases, antique furniture, and grand piano.


    Rue De Rangapoule on the South and Rue Saint Louis on the East and Rue Francois Martin on the West with access from the north and south, Le Palais Du governor now called the Raj Niwas is situated Surrounded by the Rue Jawaharlal Nehru on the North. It has a history as well.  For a Governor’s palace in 1738, the French Governor for Pondicherry, Pierre Benoît Dumas, laid the foundation, but the palace had to wait for the arrival of Joseph François Dupleix to see its completion.  The town was completely in ruins when Jean Law de Lauriston took over Pondicherry in 1765. A whole new town sprang up on the ruins of the old, within a short span of three years – on the north, the Governor’s Palace and the administration offices, the warehouses on the south, and the military barracks on the east and west.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Much later, its frontage was beautified and given a face-lift and the Southern Verandas were subsequently widened. As the official entrance of the Raj Niwas, the southern gate has been used since then. Along with personal guests of the Governor, the Governor’s palace provides accommodation for the state, and these suites are named after the various regions, namely Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam.

    Opening Hours

    • Saturday        9 AM – 12 PM
    • Sunday           Closed
    • Monday          9 AM – 6 PM
    • Tuesday          9 AM – 6 PM
    • Wednesday   9 AM – 6 PM
    • Thursday       9 AM  – 6 PM
    • Friday             9 AM – 6 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    No entry fee is needed.

    How to Reach

    By Air: Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport. It is 135 km away. Chennai is well connected to many cities in India some of them are Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Hyderabad, etc. One can hire a taxi from the airport to reach the desired destination.

    By Rail: Villupuram, Central Railway It, 35 km. Villupuram is with Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, and Chennai by State Railway. The hospital is available from Villupuram to Puducherry. One can hire a taxi from the airport to reach your destination.

    By Road: Pondicherry is best accessible by road, bus, or taxi. Private tourist buses from Chennai, Madurai, and Bangalore ply to Pondicherry. Buses connect Pondicherry with Thanjavur, Trichy, Chidambaram, and Coimbatore. There are frequent buses from Koyambedu in Chennai about every 15 minutes. One can hire taxis from the bus stand to reach his desired place. 

    Tips for Travellers

    Carry a water bottle and snacks with you.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes, photography is allowed.

    Que-03: what is the best time to visit the place?

    Ans: Raj Nivas is best explored, from October to February, during the winter season, as with other tourist attractions of Puducherry. Making it challenging to explore the union territory, the rest of the year borders from humid to hot.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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