The main guest season in Auroville is from December to March, when the climate is cool and pleasant. A second, shorter season, runs from July to September. Anyone wishing to stay in a guest house during these periods is advised to book well in advance.
It is highly advisable, in all seasons, before planning a visit to Auroville, to visit the http://www.aurovilleguesthouses.org/ website. It offers a vast overview on different possibilities of accommodation in Auroville, at different levels of price, of location, of comfort. They are all units of Auroville, their stewards are Aurovilians and can help you with all formalities and basic information and support in your early days in Auroville.
If you have not booked before, the Guest Accommodation Service, Located upstairs at the Visitors Centre, can help you to search among possibilities of accommodation available at the moment.
Timings: 9:30 – 12:30 / 2 – 5 pm.
Ph. 0413-2622704 or 3449
- A - basic : Accommodation with thatched roof (capsules and simple rooms). Shared bathroom. Suitable for student volunteers.
- B - standard : Simple rooms in brick with concrete or tiled roof. Shared bathroom. Rooms may have a fan. Some include access to a shared kitchen.
- C - good : Comfortable rooms with fans, mosquito protection, attached bathroom. A few have air conditioning. Some include access to a shared kitchen or include breakfast and dinner facilities.
- D - self-contained : Nicely furnished cottage or studio with attached bathroom and kitchen/kitchenette. Often with a veranda, balcony or garden. All rooms have fans and protective mesh on windows. A few have air conditioning. Daily rate may include breakfast, and laundry.
Visas (for non-Indians)
As visa requirements vary by nationality, non-Indians need to check in their country of origin well before coming to India. Normally a Tourist Visa is issued for and remains valid for 6 months. Anyone thinking of coming to Auroville for a longer period needs an Entry Visa. Advice of a general nature on visa requirements for non-Indians can be obtained in Auroville from the Residents Service at the Town hall.
Arrival forms for non-Indians
Any non-Indian person staying in Auroville needs to fill in an Arrival Form within 24 hours of arrival, as per requirement of the Indian Government. Most major guest houses will provide these forms, which can otherwise be obtained from and filled in at the AV Guest Service office at the Solar Kitchen, the Guest Service desk at the AV Financial Service office, or the Residents Service at the Town hall. Aurovilians are reminded that it is the responsibility of the host to see that people visiting Auroville fill in their Arrival Forms, whether the visitors are personal guests or whether the host runs a guest facility.
Indian and local culture
Foreigners coming to stay in Auroville are strongly encouraged to acquaint themselves with the culture and traditions of Tamil Nadu and India. It is especially important to respect local customs which can be quite different from those elsewhere, and include aspects like communication, dress code, and much more. Politeness and correctness in dealing with the local people is paramount, and it is good to remember at all times that one is a guest of the country.
Along the roads leading into Auroville, one encounters many guesthouses, restaurants, massage centers, art studios, handicraft showrooms etc, bearing ‘Auro’ in their names. Most of these are not associated with the city. Only when the word ‘Auroville’ in full is incorporated in the name of the undertaking (and not the address only), one may assume that, indeed, it is part of Auroville.
Caution is advised while driving on the local roads, as road conditions and traffic habits can be challenging, while extra care is recommended at night, especially for single women, children, and the elderly.
For general information about activities in Auroville, guests should get in touch with the Guest Service at the Solar Kitchen. For daily lunch facility at the community dining room, please go to Solar Kitchen.