Today was planned entirely for Auroville. After Breakfast, took a bus from Pondicherry Bus Stand and got off at Auroville Cross. The tricky part here was, I had to go a further 7 KM inside to get to my destination, which had no access to public transportation. Auto Rickshaws were hard to find. Fortunately, I found one for ₹150 per way.
The Matri Mandir is the biggest and the only attraction in Auroville; if you are not into Meditation and Self Awareness. I am someone who prefers Hustle Bustle and Chaos any day over tranquility and Peace of Nature.
So About 2 hours were enough for me to visit Matri Mandir. Be prepared to walk quite a bit to reach the main attraction.
With more than half of the day and the following day day still at my disposal, and being in no mood to visit any other beach or nature spot, I decided to go to Chennai. So I took an auto to the main road cross, and a bus back to Pondicherry Bus Stand. After grabbing lunch, I hopped on to one of the ECR buses for a comfortable 3 and Half Hour journey to Chennai.
I was excited to explore Chennai, more so, since it was unplanned. After breakfast, I started with the Marina Beach. Has to be said, the Cleanliness and the order of that part of the city was commendable. It was amazingly neat, and the well paved promenade gave a good feel of the city. After strolling for about an hour, I took a local bus for a short ride to the MA Chidambaram stadium. Unfortunately, entry was allowed only on matchdays :(
In the afternoon, I spent some time in T Nagar, well known for shopping in Chennai