Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry or just Pondy) is a former serene and peaceful French colony turned Union Territory in Tamil Nadu. The territory is laced with the colonial remnants in its historic architecture and culture. It is moreover draws several tourists for its famous magnificent beaches, impressionable monuments, authentic food, quaint and chic streets, Gothic churches and so much more.
The Indian Navy along with the government, National Institute of Ocean Technology, National Center for Coastal Research and the NGO PondyCan have come together establishing India’s first underwater museum where one can unravel the secrets of the sea through its marine animals, marine biodiversity and a sunken ship. It also aims to support the biological community, improvement in local fishing business and to an increase in the number of inbound tourists.
To visit the museum one will have to dive into the sea and get the underwater experience in the shores of Pondicherry. One can even go snorkeling and interact with the spectacular flora and animal life. If you’re into scuba diving and snorkeling, this one is for you.
The Indian Navy has provided INS Cuddalore, a decommissioned minesweeper which has covered more than 30,000 nautical miles in its glorious 30 years tenure for this ambitious project. The ship will be submerged into the seabed at a depth of 26 meters and approximately 7 km from the picturesque coast of Pondicherry. The vessel is expected to grow algae and fungus and attracting exotic fishes, turtles and other marine animals. Necessary modifications have been carefully made to the ship to accommodate easy access for scuba divers to swim through it.
This project, which will offer a euphoric experience to the divers, does not have an exact date of opening.
When the date gets confirmed, be sure to explore it; meanwhile keep practicing your diving and swimming skills!