Hi, You can refer my blogs on Tripoto " Mini Goa" Solo traveller" and "How to beat summer heat at favourite destination" . These blogs speaks about entire itinerary of Puducherry. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any further information!
Hey there ,
i was at Pondi for two years and i can surely help you with this. At Pondi you can have both lifes. the high one and the low one. as you said you wanna travel in a low budget ill help you with a days expense.
tea and snacks- 30
dinner- 60 the cost of living is very low there and you need a scooter to explore Pondi. It'll coast you around 300 per day. and for stays, there are plenty of hotels lodges near the main bus stand for as low as 350 per day. there are many beaches deep inside Pondi. where you wont have to struggle with rush or tourist. The private beach near Kottakuppam named "BANYAN BEACH" is just amazing. And about the food.. hit the french colony and the cafes there.
auroville is something you should try and must stay inside the village to feel the arts..music..a kinda hippie lifestyle.
hope my answer's helpful to you. 🌼😊 aloha !!