Whenever we want a quick run away from the maddening chaos of the city, we look no farther than Pondicherry. This tropical paradise has so much to offer in abundance - serene coasts, green seas, bright sunshine, French architecture, delectable food and the list is endless. Since during our earlier trips to Pondy (3 times to be precise - told you that we love Pondy), we had been to its major attractions, this time we decided to explore Pondicherry slightly differently by also adding some offbeat places around to our itinerary and must say we were glad to have done so. So let's get started !!
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The best way to reach Pondicherry from Bangalore is via road. The total driving distance from Bangalore to Pondicherry is 380 km (This is not the shortest route - google usually suggests the shortest one, but definitely the most comfortable one. The majority of it is a 6 lane highway which you would really enjoy cruising through (except from Vellore to Tindivanam ~100 km which is a single lane road). Alternatively, you can take a flight to Chennai and drive on the ECR road to reach Pondicherry, just 170 km away from Chennai.
When driving from Bangalore, though you will find many eateries on the highway but SaiSangeet has a special mention for its authentic South Indian vegetarian mouth-watering food and a quirky souvenir shop. En route to Pondicherry and 160 km away from Bangalore, it is a perfect pit stop to indulge in some appetizing food and shop for some handicrafts and souvenirs
Where to Stay
Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination for domestic and foreign travelers alike and boasts of a variety of accommodation options from budget to luxury. We usually prefer to stay in White Town. This lets us stay very close to the promenade beach, major restaurants, and the Pondicherry market. If you wish to have a luxurious stay away from the city and in a resort then our pick is Le Pondy Resort. Away from the city hustle bustle, the resort boasts of huge green landscapes, private opening to the Paradise beach, beautiful pool and sumptuous food
Must-Dos when in Pondicherry
1. Catch Sunrise at the Beaches
Sunrises usually are the highlights of our travels. We just love the way the skies get filled with the glorious beams of the first rays of the sun, falling on our skin and faces while the skies change colors in just a matter of few seconds and there unravels a majestic view before our eyes. It also means getting up really early, not getting late and sticking to the schedule. Pondicherry has quite a few sunrise points but our favorite is the Promenade beach. It's a long stretch and thus make sure that you reach 15-20 min before the sunrise happens to find the perfect spot for you and settle down.
TIP - Go close to the Pier, away from the Mahatma Gandhi Statue for an ideal spot to watch the sunrise. There you will also find the local fishermen bringing back the morning batch of sea fauna.