The trip was just for 2 days and here comes the final day. Since we had covered all the good beaches on day 1, we skipped the other beaches. If you have some more time, you can head to Promenade beach which is also one of the most peaceful beaches in Pondi. We planned our day ahead for Pichavaram Mangrove forest and Auroville.
So Pichavaram is nearly 75-76 Kms away from Pondicherry. There are motor boats and rowing boats both available at the location. We chose the rowing boat (yes, we were trying to save money, any way possible :p). The forest is open only until 7 so make sure you reach here in the late afternoon so that it's not too hot and you have enough time to spend in the boat looking at the best views of this place. The forest is dense, but the water level is not too high. You can bribe the rower and he'll take you to some far places and tell you stories about the place.
After Pichavaram we headed to Auroville. Auroville is half in Viluppuram district and half in Pondicherry. Auroville was mainly built so that people from all across the world can live here in peace and harmony. Auroville= aurore which means Dawn and ville means city, which is why Auroville is also called as City of Dawn. Auroville is aka Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In the middle of the town is Matrimandir which, as told by people is "a place to find one's consciousness". Auroville has some very good restaurants and cafes. You can chill and eat good food there.
Points to be noted:
-Prior booking is required to access the Matrimandir for concentration at least a day in advance.
-All bookings are accepted on an individual basis and only in person; (e-mail or telephone booking are not available for first-time visitors for concentration).
-There are no group bookings available.
-Bookings are always made for the following or first free day, and are accepted only up to a week in advance.
We had some good food in Les Saveurs. Food was great, ambience was lovely. Overall a very good dine out place.
This is how we ended our trip in peace. We headed back to Bangalore on 27th night. The overall cost of the trip was nearly 5-6k including everything.
Please feel free to ask any questions. Cheers!!
Happy tripping folks.