So we 5 people came to Chennai MCity and every one had their own list of places that they wanted to travel. So we chose the place which was common in every one's wishlist. Pondicherry. We researched possible and affordable commute options as it was going to be one day trip.
Commute options for Pondicherry:
Nearest Airport Pondicherry Airport : It is connected with Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Salem with very few airlines as it can't accommodate big air crafts yet.
Second nearest Airport Chennai Airport: Connected with all global airports and airlines. It's 143.8 km from Pondicherry.
Nearest Railway Station: Puducherry (PDY) Railway Station is well connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Trivandrum etc.
By Bus : Many private and state transport buses are the available form Chennai to Pondicherry (Aprox time to reach is 4 hours).
By Road: Distance between Chennai to Pondicherry is 152 KM, it may take around 3 hours to reach. Also the roads are in good condition.
We decided to travel by road as it was fastest option and we wanted to spend most of our day in Pondicherry than traveling by public transport. We booked Ola Outstation for a day. Our Estimated budget was 3000 Rs. We started from MCity at 8 am.
Our driver could not understand a word said by us, so it was fun talking to him in sign language. Another problem was he had all Tamil songs in his pendrive and all radio stations were in Tamil. Only Hindi song he knew was "Lungi Dance" (First time felt proud of Chennai Express Movie).
We stopped for breakfast in between, it was small and ordinary hotel, a family was running it. Language issue was very common for us by that time. We could not ask for the price as there was no menu card but later we assumed looking at the hotel that it must be reasonable and with kind heart we offered breakfast to our driver as well. All we could convey to the owner (the only person serving) was "Dosa, idali, wada" and showed the number of fingers for the quantity we wanted respective items.
Everything was served on banana leaf, initially even the sambar. When we asked them for bowl they looked at us very suspicious way, that I almost thought he would deny but his wife arranged the bowl. No wonder everything was so tasty, in Chennai even if you try south Indian dishes at roadside thela (Handcart) it will be tasty and cheap. So according to our previous experience we were expecting bill around 300-350 Rs and it was 650. We felt cheated, in addition to that our driver alone had bill for around 200.
We paid the bill and sat silently in car trying to digest it. Later we realized those were the moments (when something went wrong) we remember the most or we can laugh at. If everything was smooth I would have probably forgot this part by now. Those were the kind of memories which helped us gel up together as we were getting to know each other yet.
We reached Pondichery by 10:30 pm (it took us 2 hours to reach excluding breakfast time).
About Pondicherry :
It is the capital and the largest city of the Indian union territory of Puducherry. Also called as "Paris of the East" or Pondi. Official languages there are Tamil, English, French. You will often get confused seeing French people there, considering them as tourists But Pondicherry, is a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. So not them but we are tourists in Pondi.
We decided to visit beaches in evening as it was so hot outside. So places we explored are as follows: