Pondy French Retreat
Pondicherry is now known as Puducherry officially, though most locals
just call it Pondy.
Once you step into Pondicherry and you'll wonder if you're in India or
France. Pondicherry old town is quite small by Indian standards and
the main tourist areas are enclosed within a 2Km by 1Km.The French
influence is everywhere from the street signs, architecture,bakeries
and coffee shops.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in Pondicherry and had an
incredible time.we didn't quite have an agenda for this trip.
How to travel ?
From Bangalore, you have three options available:
•Trains from yeshwanthpur which reach Pondicherry early in the morning
•Multiple busses available on Redbus, KSRTC and Pondicherry Transport.
•Drive down using a Zoomcar or your own car
Where We Stayed?
We had booked Villa Olivia from booking.com
Dupleix is a quaint and charming designer home stay.Its in French
colonial villa we admired how the interiors of this property were a
beautiful blend of old-world charm and modern luxury. Our rooms had
the cutest European style balconies overlooking the tranquil streets
of White Town.
What We Saw?
We did manage to see a few tourist attractions using rented bikes(300
per day)from villa.
Rock Beach -Enjoy beauty of sunrise
Rock beach or Promenade beach is located in the heart of the city and
is one of the top tourist attractions in Pondicherry. It is about a
1.2 km long stretch that starts from the War Memorial, Lighthouse and
ends at the Dupleix Park (after whom our hotel is named) on Goubert
It is an amazing experience to sit on the mighty rocks and let the
waves drench you with water when they hit against the rocks. The blue
water turns whitish and sprayed all across. Enjoy a leisurely stroll
along the shore line, we are pretty much sure this beach won't let you
Special in Rock Beach: Evening stroll just as the sun is about to set
or a early morning walk as the sun is about to rise.
Auroville is a peaceful area, a few kilometers from the main town of
Pondicherry. It is an experimental township with the purpose of
realizing human unity. Auroville is kind of a hippie paradise and
gives you the feel of Goa.
You can't speak of Auroville without mentioning the Matrimandir (the
golden dome), which means "temple of the mother". Standing in the
middle of a beautiful garden, Matrimandir witnesses a large number of
tourists every year. To go inside the temple,Nonetheless, we did a 3
km hike to see the temple from outside and it was outstanding.
The Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community that is located in the
French quarters of Pondicherry. The ashram has a beautiful display of
exotic flowers and even ten minutes in this place can really help you
quiet your mind and find peace.
White Town is home to some of the cutest looking buildings and the
whole place seems like it is stuck in a time. As the name suggests,
this area was reserved for the white (French) people back in the day.
It is a very well planned area and this is where you can find the
bright yellow and white walls, arched gates lined with bougainvillea,
and clean European-style streets. It is also home to some of the best
restaurants and cafes in Pondi and taking a stroll through White Town
is a must for any person visiting Pondicherry
Paradise Beach Island
We took Boat to reach Island, experince venue offers spectacular
boating facilities in Chunnambar River, with the lush green
plantations and backwaters in the backdrop.
You can also enjoy sports activity here.
Prefect to relax on evening its not crowed beach. Beach has Rocks and
boulders to fishermen’s boats and nets, and from splashing waves to
cozy beach shacks and cafes.
There are plenty of beautiful and serene churches in Pondicherry where
you can spend time , Enjoy French architecture.The colorful, tinted
windows and the gorgeous ceilings are a treat for every photographer’s
What We Ate?
Pondy is renowned for the good food that it offers and a lot of
restaurants serve authentic French cuisine. During our weekend there,
we tried to indulge in different kinds of food and here are the
restaurants we tried out:
Tanto's is an Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Auroville that
specializes in wood-fire pizzas. Their pizzas are some of the best
you'll find in Pondicherry and the place is very affordable. They also
serve soups, salads, pastas, and their iced tea is to die for.
We had two meals in Le cafe restaurant next to Promenade beach.
For dinner, we preferred dining outdoors under the stars, shanti villa
and an old mango tree, enjoying the relaxing ambience and the live
music. The restaurant is a little pricey but is definitely worth
visiting to check out the beautiful and quaint hotel.
Located at the end of the Promenade, GMT offers super authentic
Italian style gelato in various flavors like melon, guava, pineapple
and mango. I tried the melon ice cream and it was delightful. Also,
these ice creams are apparently gluten-free, lactose-free and
sucrose-free so that's another plus!
Although we only spent a weekend in Pondicherry, it was an eventful
trip and we managed to see, eat and shop quite a bit.
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