|🇮🇳 Information Auroville|
|📍 Location||Auroville, India|
|⛅️ Local climate||Warm. 30-40 Degrees|
|🌍 Main Nationalities||Indian, German, French, Italian (and 46 more)|
|🌳 Size of land||1,360 Hectares|
|🙂Amount of residents||3,200 People (aiming for 50,000)|
|⭐️ Goal||Create a city where people live in Unity|
|✨ Research work||Spirituality/work on the inner self|
|🏗 Important structures||Matrimandir, Solar Kitchen, Town hall, Visitor Centre, 18 farms, 5 schools|
|🚲 Open for visitors?||Yes|
|📰 More information||Auroville website|
Auroville is based in the South of India in the Tamil region. It's a sunny and warm climate all year around. Originally the region was quite deserted due to the amount of trees that where taken down by the British. The biggest city around is Pondicherry, many supplies are available here and there is a local airport. But for heavy industry or tools you need to drive 3-4 hours to Chennai.
Auroville is big, like a city. And it's setup with a plan. Designed by several architects and city planners in the 60's. The goal was to have specific areas for specifics needs, so they don't "bother" each other. For instance having all the production and manufacturing in the same region. Or having a specific residential area for living. It's roughly divided in 4 main categories and around it is a "green belt". A Green area for farms, orchards, trees etc.
There are over 50 different nationalities in Auroville, from all different age ranges. People come with very diverse intentions, some like to work on spirituality, some like the freedom, some like to explore alternative options and some seem a bit lost. In the past Auroville had had few problems with crime and vandalism because it's so open. But overall nice people.
There isn't one strict way of food consumption in Auroville. It depends in which sub-community you are located. Some eat vegan food, some only local, some meat. It's up the the sub-community to define. However there is one main kitchen where many people eat. The Solar Kitchen, originally setup to provide the community with a good solid meal without having to worry about it so they can focus on work. Here still everyday 1000 meals are being cooked, all vegeterian and some vegan options available. Not fancy but nutritious.
Over 500KW of electricity is generated using solar panels and there are 150 solar heaters to heat up hot water for houses. However this doesn't fully power the community and they are plugged into the grid. Some sub-communities are pushing this more. Testing and prototyping, alternatives like biogas, direct solar cooking etc. But it's not one of the main goals of Auroville, being self sufficient.
Work beyond community life
Sustaining this big community is a daily tasks for most Aurovillians, working at a local community or running a business. In the evening or weekends there isn't one main place to gather. No specific square, bar or gathering. Drugs and alcohol is also not sold and not encouraged to use (you can still find it though). But there is always plenty to do. You can find events online and on notification boards. Plenty of things to do everyday somewhere in Auroville. Movies, presentation, yoga classes, workshops, dancing etc.