Pondicherry In a Day

31st Jul 2016

With our weekend cut short due to work requirements, 5 of my friends and I had just one day to trip somewhere. We decided that Pondicherry being the closest one around Chennai we'd travel to Pondicherry. So we planned 3 days in advance and booked a self driving SUV and started making a plan. It occurred to us to maximize our distance and time requirement we'd have to plan for at least 15-16 hours.

So, we left at 3.45 am.

We left our Hotel at 3.45 am for Pondicherry. Being this early, the traffic was relatively less and we could drive quickly. We reached Pondicherry at 6. We had to pay a small toll fee at the Entrance. Having completed the Car permit facilities we were free to roam in Chennai and Pondicherry. We started to cross off things from our to-do list.

Photo of Pondicherry In a Day 1/1 by Prabhav Sidhaye
Pondicherry at 6 am.

The first spot was kind of chosen spontaneously. It was Auroville beach. This is a little know cliff beach very close to the entrance. We didn't know if we'd get parking near the shore - so we parked near the main road and walked to the shore. During the early morning mist, the walk was refreshing and quite pleasant. Especially after a 2 hour drive. The beach itself is splendid and sparsely populated. We caught the orange Sun and the salty winds to refresh ourselves and get ready for the day.

Auroville Beach

Photo of Auroville Beach, Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Prabhav Sidhaye

The next destination was the Rock beach right in Pudducherry. The beach is, as the name suggests, rocky. There is a long pavement along the beach shore here. As you walk on the beach you see the official(read: Government) buildings of Pudducherry. We walked along the shores until we found a place for breakfast. We ate at this cozy cafe Le Cafe that gives you Coffe for Rs. 20. Overall the breakfast was Delicious and we went ahead on our trip.

Rock Beach

Photo of Rock Beach, Puducherry, India by Prabhav Sidhaye
Day 1

The next visiting place was the Aurobindo Ashram. Established by Shri Aurobindo whilst in exile during the British rule, this place could be the address of peace and tranquility. Phones are compulsorily powered off, and silence is enforced. This really makes you peaceful because even in a group of 6, you feel alone. There is certain beauty to silence and you find it there.

P.S. They don't allow Cameras so no photos.

Auroville was the destination we hadn't yet crossed of our list, So we went there. It is about 10-11 km from Pudducherry town. It is a township created by the Mother, the spiritual successor of Sri Aurobindo. At the center of this township is the matrimandir, and one has to do a bit of trekking to get there. However the path is covered by trees on both sides and hence, we did not feel the noon heat. There is a 100+ year old banyan tree on the way and it's huge. The placard posted nearby suggests that it is maintained at 50 meters.

Photo of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, India by Prabhav Sidhaye

We checked out a couple of other placed before heading beack to Chennai. Serenity beach is one the few Sandy beaches of Pondicherry. Thereis also a fantastic museaum in the city. We also had an amazing cake at the shop Zuca Choco-La that was wonderful. We returned to Chennai and even though were frisked twice managed to return the car on time.

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