A land-locked city, with all its beauty, grace, and charm, falls short of providing that one aspect that makes an ocean-loving person feel completely at home – it being the silver, foamy waves. Every vacation to a beach town means leisure time with the sun shining bright right over the head, enjoying a drink while listening to the music created by the waves, and getting to see the beautiful sunrise that otherwise gets hidden behind tall buildings in metropolitan cities.
This brings the attention to one of the most famous beach cities, Puducherry – or more specifically, the city’s French town that boasts of combining the glory of older times, and urban grandeur of modernity. It is one of the few places in India that can be explored both at leisure with a lot of days in hand, or even in a few days – as I found myself doing last December.
Best Time to Visit Puducherry:
Winter months from November to March are considered suitable for a relaxing escape to the town. Situated in the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal, the weather remains pleasant throughout the year, and provides a brief respite from extreme weather conditions.
How to Reach Puducherry:
Taking a flight to Chennai and then switching to roadways for a three-hour long journey to Puducherry might seem convenient to travellers. Booking a cab will brighten the prospect of enjoying the view as you move closer to the destination.
Alternately, Puducherry is also accessible through railway with trains such as 22403/Puducherry - New Delhi SF Express and 12868/Puducherry - Howrah (Aurobindo) SF Express connecting it to other parts of the country.
Perks of Travelling by Car:
Speaking from personal experience, flying to Chennai and driving down to Puducherry will be more rewarding than booking train seats for the place. Approximately mid-way to the place, you will come across a thin strip of land just a few steps off the highway, where the Arabian Sea meets land.
With the shore being only a few metres wide, it is possible to enjoy the view without thinking about water splashes or rocky surfaces, as would be the case for beaches in mainland Puducherry. If peace and quietude is what you seek, then this is the place to be, even if for a little while. Quite unlike any other seashore, this unnamed patch of water-and-land offers many aspects of a small traveller hot-spot.
For A Two-Day Trip
With time playing against your wishes, visiting every major tourist attraction often becomes a challenge. However, keeping the French town in consideration, a quick, two-day getaway becomes a possibility too. Since I followed the two-day plan myself, I adhered to a strict schedule. However, designating time slots to every tourist spot did not hamper with the fun time, and made the trip quite enjoyable.