Updated: Apr 10
Sometimes you just need a break, in a beautiful place, Alone.
Pondicherry is one of the elite holidays in South India. It offers you a lonesome experience with its mixture of modern heritage and spiritual culture. Pondicherry is popularly known as "The French Riviera of the East" is a French colonial settlement in India, a union territory town bounded by southeastern Tamil Nadu state. The historical background of Pondicherry will take you centuries back in time. It is the same place where the big blockbuster movie 'Life of Pie' from Ang Lee is shot. The pastoral charm of French colony is captured incredibly good in the movie. I spent the last weekend in Pondicherry and had a phenomenal time.
How Did We Go
We went via train which directly goes from Bangalore to Pondicherry. It was a one-night journey which is an advantage as you can be fresh and energetic for the coming day. You can book tickets hassle-free from MMT (Services are really great). We boarded the train from Yesvantpur railway station. Bangaloreans will find it difficult to reach there on time. But we reached almost 1.5 hours from Whitefield. You can take a cab till Baiyyappanahali from there you can take a metro ticket directly till Yesvantpur. In between, you just have to change the metro from Majestic.
Where Did We Stay
We stayed in hotel Surguru, Pondicherry. Address: 104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Pondicherry S V Patel Road PondicherryTremendous services, Room could accommodate two people easily, Room service was exceptional. We really had a wonderful stay and I would really recommend this hotel.
Places We Visited
It's built by French colonist C.S. Perrotet in the year 1862 on 22 acres with themed plots, an aquarium and train rides. You can discover many exotic varieties of flowers and plants of Tamil Nadu with their botanical names displayed on a plate. Entry fees are INR 20 and Train ride fee is INR 10.
Chunnambar Boat House
It is famous for its boating venue and backwaters and lavish greenery of either side. All facilities are available around including food purchase, lockers/storage, bathroom facilities. You have to the boathouse in order to visit the Marvelous Paradise beach on a ferry. It will cost INR 200 per person to and fro. The rich greenery and backwaters will make you forget about your worries.
If you are looking for paradise look no further. Embellished star with the golden sand, this eminent and highly desired after the beach is always swaying with a cold sea breeze. This is a little-isolated beach, and to reach here you have to take a ferry across the backwaters, which takes around 20-30 minutes (amazing view). To walk along the entire beach is amazing. Paradise beach is a great spot to reach early morning and get a view of the sunrise on the eastern coast. You can spend hours sitting on the beach and enjoying the waves. A variety of water sports facilities are available here as well - enthusiastic tourists can try a hand at fishing as fishing rods and nets are easily available on rent.
Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple
“At the temple, the dust of distraction seems to settle out, the fog and the haze seem to lift, and we can ‘see’ things that we were not able to see before and find a way through our troubles that we had not previously known.” —Boyd K. Packer
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” —John
Free your feet. Sit and relax. When you kick off your tight, suffocating shoes, remove your nasty, sweaty socks, and just starting walking on the beach in bare feet. How good does that feel? It’s a million molecules of Earth beads massaging your foot all at once. It’s a tickly, grippy sand sensation. Abut by a street with restaurant, French colony this impressive beach draws everyone's attention during the evening. It's the heart of the city. It's not all rock around, you can walk and talk all along the beach. It's an optimal beach to spend time with friends and family while appreciating the sea. It's an amazing feeling to sit near the rocks and let the waves sprinkle you and drench your feet when they hit against the rocks.
"A France in India": Pondicherry. Pondicherry, the French colony of India, preserving the French legacy since 1954. With fancy old structured colonies, wide clean roads, culture, History, food (especially French Cuisine ), incredible ashrams, alluring beaches Pondicherry has it all.
As soon as you enter the ashram it's all in one a different experience. It has very strict rules about talking inside the vicinity and the memorial is decorated with beautiful floral arrangements. Collection of Books, Poems & Letters written by Sri Aurobindo. Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo gives peace of mind. DO NOT miss it.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
What We Shopped
A lot of handcrafted stuff amazing stuff is available on the streets of Pondicherry at very low rates. We took bags, earing's, necklace rings, books. But don't forget to bargain.
Tips when you are in Pondicherry
Always carry a water bottle with you as it's so hot and humid. Better if you can drink Lemon juice or soda in a short interval to avoid dehydration.
Sunscreen is a must. Higher the SPF the better. UVA UVB protected sunscreen will be the best.
Carry high-calorie snacks and protein bars with you. Because finding a place to eat is a hard task and when it's sunny and hot it gets really exhausting.
Wear clothes in which you are comfortable. They should be loose flowy and fashionable too.
Taking a bike is recommended as it easily and fun to visit all the places.
I would suggest you book a hotel near the rock beach. It will be easy to cover so many places plus you can just roam around in the evening near the beach and colony.
Always Always Always carry an umbrella.
Shades are a must.
"The tans will fade but the memories will last forever"
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