Pondicherry, or fondly called as Pondi, is a place where colors reside. This quaint little town with its retained French charm and authentic French buildings is any traveller's retreat. The town is known for basically two things: Colourful painted French buildings with classic French name plates and Beaches. What more can you ask for a getaway? It is perfect for an escapade when life gets too much to handle.
1. The most famous place of Pondicherry is apparently called the White Town, that is anything but white. It is the place where the real essence of Pondi has been captured with its Gothic Colonial Buildings, French architectured houses painted with every vibrant color possible and Bougainville creeping through the yellow shiny walls will give you a perfect place to pose, especially the bicycles very cleverly parked outside these walls somehow represents the true Pondi. You ought to have one photo with a cycle leaning on the wall to feel the city in its truest sense. A lazy stroll through these clean colorful streets of the White Town, exploring the infamous cafés of the town is a pocket paradise. 2. And then of course, the Promenade Beach and the Rock Beach is every traveler's paradise. Though we can't get dirty with the sand and sea, you can comfortably, or semi-comfortably sit on those big bad boulders/ rocks and enjoy the scenic beauty of sea, sand and sun. Nothing can surpass this combination of beauty. The best time to visit would probably be during sunset or sunrise. Or you can rent a scooter or bicycle and explore the streets and the beaches conjoint to the streets. Though there are many hotels across the beach giving you the perfect view, there is one beachside terrace café, Lee cafe that would probably transcend you to some other world of serenity. Though the food in the café is not such great but when the view is right, food becomes secondary.
3. The earthly Paradise of the town, Paradise Beach, is nothing but a true Heaven. If there's a place called Heaven, then probably this is it. An island surrounded on one side by the sea and other by the river, is truly a Paradise. One of the most clean beaches in India, with small hut like structure for shade and blue water is a magical experience. You can reach there by a Ferry ride from Chunnambar boat lake and can come back by the same. But remember entry to the beach shuts down after 4pm. If you're a beach baby, then get some beach clothes and enjoy this beachy vacation.
4. Now comes, The Auro ville, known for providing spiritual salvation is a treat to visit. You can rent a scooter, switch on your GPS and visit the Ashram that is only 1 hour away from the town. Walk to the main matrimandir can be a little arduous if the weather is too sunny, but it will be worth the walk. And when you are out there, try out their lovely juices.