One of the top touristy destinations to see in Pondicherry is the Gingee Fort, also known as Senji Fort. It is a great fort to get some insights into the history of Tamil Nadu. The fort was owned by many dynasties including Cholas, Nayakas, Marathas and Mughals. And ultimately passing the ownership to the British Empire. The Fort is famous for its architectural design and has three citadels in three different directions.
I visited this beautiful monument during my second trip to Pondicherry. My friends and I drove from Bangalore to this architectural marvel. The distance from Bangalore to Gingee Fort is approx. 240 kilometres. But one can take a bus from Pondicherry to Tindivanam (approx. 70 kilometres), which is the home for the fort. The fort is on top of a hill and is a trek for about 1 hour to reach the top. It is a steep trek.
The fort has an entrance fee of INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for Foreigners. It is open every day throughout the year from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.