Two weeks back I was strolling along Goubert Avenue and enjoying a peaceful morning soaking up Pondicherry.
While I would give anything right now to go back to that sea breeze and banter with friends. I decided to put some meaning to the reminiscing and do a post on my Trip to Pondicherry 🙂
Yes, Pondicherry is an offbeat holiday destination but there is a lot more that made this trip really special. It was more of a reunion trip, friends from school reuniting after 13 years from different cities, taking out time to travel together and catch up on all the years lost! Yes, that very rarely does happen and we made the most of every minute of this trip remembering old times and creating a lot of new memories.
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This post isn’t just about my Trip but I’m going to be kind and make this a guide for all of you who fascinate a holiday in Pondicherry!
So here is getting to the travel aspect 😀
If you want to experience a bit of Europe in the comfort of Indian faces and sea breeze then Pondicherry is the place to be. Its calm, its by the Bay, got great food And great food.
What to do in Pondicherry?
Pondicherry has alot to offer for the daredevils, the peace seakers and explorers.
Learn surfing at Kallialay surf school.
Do Scuba diving.
Go on a food crawl.
Long walks along the Promenade.
Meditate in the ashrams.
Cycle around the city.
Shop from the Hidesign factory outlet.
Sit at the cafes and enjoy a good brew and read.
Take a blissful boat ride on lake Osudu or head to the Chunnambar boathouse.
Where to Stay in Pondicherry?
There are a plethora of stays in Pondicherry. For anyone my first suggestion will be to stay in the White Town area. White Town is the french colony area where its all green with lovely french looking cafes, restaurants and hotels. Palais de Mahe and Le Dupliex top the list for stays in White Town.
The other good option for all groups are ofcourse the Airbnb accommodations. There are some lovely bungalow that they have. Some are with a pool, some are right on the beach.
A little far from the heart of Pondi are resorts that are wide spread and have their own little villas and make for a very blissful stay. Le Pondy was actually on our mind for our holiday stay but then it was already booked out.
Note: book places atleast a month prior even in the off-season period!
When we went on our trip we eventually stayed at La Closerie, which is a homestay. When we entered and saw the pool, the smallness of the pool started to reflect on our faces but the very next moment we were just love-struck by the whole place. Every nook and corner was tastefully done. The interiors were fabulous and we were in love with the way the whole place was planned and done up. Also the place is very peaceful and the highlight of the place apart from the rooms being fabulous and having their own heritage quirk to them, outside every room is a little lounge spot or a veranda. Its not at all the typical room and lobby feel of a hotel. It just felt like a palace which I could spend my whole day at sitting in different corners. My Video above shall give you a complete tour of the place and I shall give my words a rest here for now.
Commute in Pondicherry?
There are cabs and rickshaws in Pondicherry and you can even take a bus to Auroville. Self driven cars can also be hired. Two wheelers and I include cycles too here can be hired if you are travelling solo or as a couple.
If you are in White Town then majority of the time you won’t even feel the need to use a vehicle and you can happily just walk around the place.
Disclaimer: if you don’t have GPS then you might find it difficult to get around at night in white town because there aren’t many signboards or sufficient street lighting.
How to get to Pondicherry?
By air, train and bus. The drive to Pondicherry on the ECR (East Coast Road) is fabulous and its about a 3.5- 4hours. Mahabalipuram comes right on the way and if you fancy visiting the temples in Mahabalipuram or buy some of the sculptures then Mahabalipuram makes a great halfway pitstop!
Do head to Moonrakers at Mahabalipuram if good seafood and beer is your idea of an ideal meal (its not a fancy place yet its not roadside at all)
Best places to eat at in Pondicherry?
Let me mention this at the start only that firstly restaurants close early in Pondicherry (which I already have mentioned in my earlier post). Secondly not all restaurants serve alcohol.
We dined at places like La Villa, Umami Kitchen, Le Club, Villa Shanti and Villa Helena (which was a total let down)
Here is a list of places (that unfortunately we missed) that you shouldn’t miss-
In White Town
La Creperie( definitely try the crepe suzzette there), Baker Street,
Cafe du lycee,
La Plancha burgers.
Enjoy a breakfast by the sea at Le Café.
Cafes that you shouldn’t miss are- Cafe des Arts & Cafe Artika.
If you want some good wood-fired Pizza then-Tantos and Farm Fresh Pizza are a must try!
A friend of mine had suggested me a silent korean meal which you need to book prior! It sounds very interesting and it goes by the name of Jolly Kimbap
Places in Auroville that you shouldn’t miss are- Bread and Chocolate, Romas Bistro, Naturama and buy some yummilicious chocolates at Mason chocolates.
Zuka is another heaven for chocolates in White town and we all hogged on their nutty chocolates and what we called their chocolate lollipop :p
If you are looking at bars to go enjoy a drink and lively evening then check out- Ib2, Dis Dis Co, Umami Kitchen (on Fridays they have their funky friday night and the bar is very lively)
A Big Thank You to two lovely ladies Ritika Athwani and Devika Sekhar who kindly recommended a lot of places and things to do.
Best experience in Pondicherry?
Personally my best experience was the Pondi Cycle Tour. Getting up and exploring a city at 7 am is the smartest thing to do and that too on a Sunday! It especially felt like quite an achievement to be up in the morning after a crazy night with friends.
Not only did we cycle around but even got off the bikes to explore the real Pondicherry! Get all the deets on this cycle tour and find out what all we did in the Pondi Cycle Tour Vlog⬇ (the Pondicherry Vlog was getting too long so kept this seperate)
Be Yourself & Shine On ❤
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