Still not been able to go to Goa (like all those who desperately want to visit there at least once in their lifetime, but yet have failed in every effort to execute their dream plan into action, and are thousands of miles away from it even now), I somehow settled with the idea of going to Pondicherry, nicknamed as ‘Paris of the East’, and went there with my friend. Little did I know that it is also a great option for beach-lovers, as well as for those who want to enjoy a peaceful vacation!!
Also known as Puducherry, the Union Territory (French colonial settlement until 1954) has beautifully preserved the French legacy. The mustard-colored streets and colonial villas, modish boutiques, along with tree-lined lanes reflect the rich French heritage. Moreover, it can be you convenient getaway or mini-Goa if you crave for beaches. I spent three days in Pondy, which was also my first South India vacation, and was completely in love with the place.
How to reach?
We took the three-hour flight from Delhi to Chennai, and then four-hour bus journey to reach Pondicherry. The total expense including round trip (flight+bus tickets) costed me around Rs.7,000.
Where to stay?
I booked an executive double room at Hotel Ram International, which is located on a lively street in Pondy. The Hotel’s restaurant served really delicious food, especially South Indian dishes. The room services were also fine. We had a comfortable and safe stay there for two nights.