A place where day visitors can satisfy their curiosity and get a taste of Auroville.
The Auroville Visitors Centre (VC) is a complex of buildings specially designed to answer to the needs of casual day visitors and more interested guests alike. It was constructed in 1988 with grants from HUDCO and the Foundation for World Education and has become well-known for its architecture and energy-saving construction materials. It is located in Auroville's International Zone between Bharat Nivas and Edayanchavadi village.
The Visitors Centre who welcomes large numbers of visitors every day has been conceived as a demonstration site for alternative sustainable technology, renewable energy, alternative building techniques and integrated waste water management.
The aim is to demonstrate the possibility to successfully run such a centre in a pleasant set up with low or no environmental impact and pollution.
Contact Visitors Centre 262-2239 (Information)
For entertainment evenings (theatre, music/dance performances) and other special events happening at Visitors Center, see the notice board at the Centre and at other locations around Auroville.
- provides first-hand, personalized information on Auroville. Reception staff are equipped to answer queries in English and other Indian languages.
- stocks brochures, leaflets, books and videos on Auroville in different languages.
- gives a visual tour of the different aspects of Auroville life, community and its work through its Photo Exhibition space.
- provides video shows -- regular ‘Introduction to Auroville’ and ‘Introduction to Matrimandir’ videos in English or Tamil, with the possibility of other languages in sub-titled form.
- features the original rosewood model of the Matrimandir and the Gardens, in its Matrimandir Reception and Exhibition Space.
- Issues passes to Matrimandir Viewing Point. From the VC a shaded 10-12 minutes’ walk leads to the Viewing Point in the Matrimandir area. For those who need motorised transport, shuttles are available.
The Information Service is open from 9am - 1pm & 1.30pm - 5 pm every weekday, and from 9.30 - 1 pm & 2pm - 5pm on Sundays. Ph. 0413-2622239
Guest House Booking Service
Offers guidance and help with guest accommodation in Auroville.
9.30 am to 12.30pm 2. pm to 5.pm
Display and sell a wide range of Auroville handicrafts such as incense, clothing, tableware, jewellery, furnishings, aromatherapy etc. They also stock a variety of organic herbal syrups, dried fruits, and cereal products made in Auroville.
Open from 9.30 am to 6.pm every weekday
- La Boutique d'Auroville: Ph. 0413-262 2150
- Mirra Boutique: Ph. 0413-262 3389
- Kalki Boutique: Ph. 0413-262 3450
Hosts publications on integral yoga, Indian culture and different aspects of Auroville from design to wildlife, as well as literary and other compilations by a range of Aurovilian authors.
Open 9.30am - 5.30pm
Ph. 0413-262 2302
No cash transactions.
Serves dosas in the evening from 6.30pm to10.pm. Closed on Wednesday evening. Ph. 262-3034.
New School Craft: situated next to the Kiosk sells small handicraft items as incense, soap, oil...Open from 9 am to 5 pm. Ph .262 3833
Open Air Boutique : Kamalam, a retail outlet of SEDAB (Sustainable Enterprises Development in the Auroville Bioregion)promotes ethical and eco-friendly products made by rural entrepreneurs. SEDAB is part of a wider Integral Rural Development vision for the bioregion. Its goal is to provide livelihood options for women in villages in and around Auroville.
Open from 9 am to 6 pm.
Aquadyn dynamised water is available at Right Path Café and at the parking. Aquadyn (a product of Auroville) provides free dynamised drinking water for visitors, villagers and Aurovilians.
Ph 262-2611 or 948765095
Bicycles for hire: available from the kiosk. Ph. 262-3034
Garden Shop (Fleurs d’Auroville) situated next to the main visitors’ parking. The Auroville Botanical Gardens have been established in response to the disappearing Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF) and to the global need for the conservation of genetic diversity in the plant kingdom in a wide range of climatic conditions.
With preservation projects throughout India, a growing, diversifying nursery, and localized educational programs, the Auroville Botanical Gardens acts on several fronts in order to simultaneously save and recreate the unique forest ecosystem that stretched along the coast until one century ago.
For entertainment evenings (theatre, music/dance performances) and other special events happening at VC, see the notice board at the Centre and at other locations around Auroville, or the weekly News & Notes.