A French colonial settlement earlier and now a union territory of India surrounded is by Tamil Nadu sharing most of its culture. This city still has french influences with rues and boulevards lined with Mediterranean style houses and bakeries. It has some stunning beaches which is well within the reach if you are staying in the city. Moreover there are few churches, temples, parks and museums which you can visit.
If you need sometime to get out of your crazy corporate life, this is one of the best places to visit. Also if you are travelling solo, you can a very different experience. Apart from general sight seeings, pondicherry offers walking tours to experience rural culture of pondicherry, cuisine tours,weaving workshops, musical trail, experiencing the local game ¨penteque¨. Also if you want to experience some serious meditation or bharatnatyam dance sessions, Aurobindo ashram at Auroville is the perfect place. Although to take these session you might have to book well in advance. Water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving is also a major attraction in pondy.
How to get there?
1. Air: Pondicherry Airport is located at Lawspet. It has direct flights to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
2. Rail: Pondicherry is connected by train to Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai, as well as other important cities such as Kanyakumari, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Mangalore. Also, VM/Villupuram Junction which is at a distance of around 24 miles i.e.40 km(both by rail & road) is connected to several other Indian Cities.
3.Road: Pondicherry is connected to Chennai via the East Coast Road through Mahabalipuram. There are daily bus services from several main stops from Chennai. The Pondicherry Road Transport Corporation runs buses within the city and it runs Volvo buses to Chennai and to various places. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operates Volvo air-conditioned bus services from Chennai to Pondicherry.
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