Such a delight sketching What we Saw ????
You can fly or take a train to Bangalore or Chennai and then drive or take a bus to Pondicherry.
WHERE WE STAYED?
Owing to the long weekend and the unplanned trip, most of the accommodations were already taken. We managed booking our rooms with Hotel Raj Residency at the last minute. The Hotel was decent with clean rooms and courteous staff.
We would recommend looking at the multiple options available on sites like Booking.com or Airbnb. Some good options are Villa Shanti, Le Dupleix.
WHAT WE SAW?
We spent almost 4 days in Pondy. Here's a list of 6 of our favorite things to do and see.
1. Rock Beach, Promenade Beach
Also known as the Pondicherry Beach, the Rock Beach is a popular hangout place, especially in the evenings. Irrespective of the crowd, you will always find your quiet place to listen to the waves. Brownie points for the promenade being a no vehicle zone from 5 in the evening till early morning. The beach is bordered by a number of restaurants/cafes for all the hungry ones like us.
Highlight: Don't miss the sunrise !
2. Serenity Beach
We visited the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal on one of the evenings. It is a 10 minutes drive from the northern quarters of the town. The palm trees provide a beautiful natural frame to this beach. There is a surf school on the other side of the road and surfing is said to be one of the popular activities. Take a surfing lesson if you have time else dig your feet in the sand and fill your hands with the shells.