" Rester, c'est exister. mais voyager, c'est vivre."
"To be, is to exist, but to travel, is to live.”
- Gustave Nadaud
The French capital of India : Pondicherry, is a charming and alluring aura of the South and the French. It is well known for its deluge of enchanting coastal line, beautiful islands, avalanche of its and its astonishing white town.
Pondicherry is a small town, that functions at a slow and leisurely pace. It won't take you much time to adapt to the pleasant weather, beauty of the seashore, aroma from the coffee shops, mix of local Tamilian food stalls and French cuisines.
GETTING THERE :
Roadways : NH47 and NH48 via Mumbai. ( Approximately 1,298 kms i.e. 24 hour drive away)
Railways : There are a number of Trains that depart for Pondicherry from Mumbai. Two of the shortest ones are the LTT and the Nagercoil Balaji Express.
Airways : Airways are the most convenient and the fastest means if travel. Since there are no direct flights available, flights usually have a layover at Bangalore airport and then a smaller aircraft departs to Pondicherry.
The return fare ( Mumbai - Pondicherry) during peak months are approximately Rs 15,000.
WHERE TO STAY :
There are a number of hotels, resorts and villas to choose from all over Pondicherry. Since we wanted to experience something unique, we checked into an ancient French Style Tamilian Villa named La Closerie Bay of Bengal located on Promenade Beach.