Pondicherry is famous for it's French architecture and colonial set up. I and my husband visited it in last week of November for a period of 5 days from Mumbai.
Travel Schedule:- We booked a flight to Chennai via indigo airlines. After reading the online reviews of ECR (east coast road), we were quite excited for a road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry for which we booked a car via Zoomcar. Our flight was scheduled at 6.15 am and it reached Chennai at 8 am. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Pondicherry from Chennai via ECR. After completing all the formalities of airport baggage claim and taking the car delivery, we started our trip at 8.45 am from Chennai airport to Pondicherry. We took a halt for breakfast at a restaurant and reached the hotel at 12.10 pm. The roads at Chennai and Pondicherry are in pretty good condition and marked properly. The scenic route of ECR will give you a nice driving experience.
Flight bookings: Rs 12040/-(Indigo airlines-return trip, 2 persons, economy class without food)
Zoomcar: Rs 5938/- ( Hyundai i10 grand for 5 days). We could spot other rental cars like revv and drivezy on road but we had a pretty great experience in our Banglore-Mysore- Coorg trip with Zoomcar, so we didn't wanted to try anyone else.
Diesel: Rs 1900/- (5 days)
Toll: Rs 54 (onward journey)+Rs 91+37 (return journey. We had to pay more toll on return journey because we visited Mahabalipuram
Car permit: Rs 100/- ( Because we were given Karnataka registration car and had to visit check post for the permit)
Weather:- After planning our trip and completing the bookings, we were quite surprised to know from a friend that it rains in Pondicherry in the month of November. So, we were worried that rains don't hamper our travel plan. But, we were lucky enough to have a comfortable and trouble free trip. Out of 5 days of our trip, only 1 day there were light rain showers during late night and early morning. Overall, the climate was cloudy as well as sunny.