I decided to start with the latest holiday that I had with my family. It was a pretty good, 8 days long trip in the month of March this year. The trip consisted of a stay in Bangalore for four days, Pondicherry for three days and Mysore for a day.
I was mesmerized by the beauty of Pondicherry, a small Union Territory which is actually a perfect and peaceful getaway.
Before I give you a detailed description of my stay, let me tell you quick facts and travel tips about Pondicherry.
- Two to three days are sufficient to cover this place.
- The best time to visit is before the onset of Indian summers, that is, from October to February.
- You can reach this place by train or plane or by road.
- If travelling from Chennai, the journey will take around 3 hours via the East Coast Road.
- If travelling from Bangalore, the journey takes around 6 hours via NH 46.
|The road highway is pretty beautiful.|
|No matter how long the route is, the beauty and the no traffic and hassle will not make you tired.|
|Tamil Nadu is greener than I imagined. At least way too greener than Karnataka.|
Pondicherry welcomed us with li’l traffic and pleasant weather. We checked-in into our hotel, took a nap and then started for exploring this beautiful city. We stayed very close to the Heritage or the French Colony which is by the side of the sea.
|One beautiful corner of the French Colony.|
|The calm and quiet sea in the morning.|
|The coast line along which the French Colony is situated.|
|The various memorials are built along the Promenade.|
|The French War memorial.|
|Gandhi statue at the Promenade. Even you will be surprised to see the difference in the maintenance of the Indian and French memorials!|
|Totally scrumptious South Indian tiffin.|
|The never ending and mesmerizing Chunnambar Lake.|
|Finally, Paradise Beach, which truly lives up to its name.|
|Finally, the Mandir. You will be able to see it from the National Highway before entering Pondicherry. Yes, it is that massive. You can go inside the temple but you need to book your visit in advance.|
|The beach with the boats.|
You have to try one of the restaurants in Auroville. You will be surprised to see the preparation of the food and also how the ingredients used are either freshly plucked from the gardens or caught from the sea. We went to this place called Tanto which offered authentic and very innovative pizzas made in the traditional wood and brick oven. Not the authentic pizzerias are not here in Delhi, but these pizzas were certainly different. Very different.
|Freshly plucked basils as one of the toppings on our pizza. Look at the texture of the pizza.|
|I had eggplant (brinjal) on my pizza for the first time and it did not taste bad at all( though it does sound bad!)|
|The Eglise De Notre Dame De La Conception Immaculee.|
|The Sacred Heart Cathedral.|