To kick start your Pondicherry experience choose to take a road trip from Chennai or Bangalore. It takes about 4 hours from Chennai & 7 from Bangalore. It has luxurious beach resorts as well as budget city properties for accommodation. Pondicherry was the largest French colony at a point in time and hence it still has a dedicated street popularly known as French colony or white town. Characterised by abundant French cafe's, this place has lots to offer in terms of food and an everlasting experience. This city also homes the only village in India which donates 80% of its monthly income. Yes you read it right- this place is called auro ville. People of this village donate 80% of their income to the village and believe in minimalistic living. All vegitables and fruits are home grown with no preservatives. And that's why the food at the cafe's here have a completely different taste which would make you crave for more. This city is popularly also known for its beaches. But don't start comparing them to goa. The beaches here are both Rocky as well as Sandy and have a soothing effect. You can take a walk or just sit along the Rocky beach at marine drive, white town all through the night and not want to go back. You will find some of the best international food in the country here- not to miss out on calamari, ravioli, pasta and some wood fire pizza. You can spend an entire day at a cafe here just eating and relaxing. Also because the waiters here serve food at great leisure! Pondicherry offers a relaxing holiday experience for family and friends and needs about 4 days to be explored fully. Best time to visit is October to March.