Promenade or Rock Beach was my refuge every evening [for 3 days] once the brooding summer heat abated.Perhaps ,not only for me, but for all tourists , given the vibe of the beach front post sunset.Pedestrian only broad pathway along the shore line give a golden opportunity to stroll, jog or run while getting nuzzled by refreshing sea breeze. The colorful facades of luxurious hotels and cafes ,lined up along the coast line , add an interesting dimension - Havana Aura. After working up a sweat , delicious ice-cream parlours couldn't not be given amiss.
Accommodation :- Like any other touristy places , Pondicherry can offer a wide range of options depnding on your pocket strength. Being a frugal-ish traveller , I choose to stay at Dreamland Residency at a price of Rs.600 per night,near to Pondicherry Railway station - 1 km away from white town.
Transportation :- I travelled to Pondicherry from Chennai Airport via Mahabalipuram in a private car.
Chennai to Mahabalipuram - 56 kms - 1.5 hours- Rs.1200
Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry - 96 kms - 2 hours- Rs.2000
local siteseeing was covered on foot ,barring Auroville and Paradise Beach.
Pondicherry to Auroville - 10 kms. - 30 mins- Rs.350/one way
Pondicherry to Chunambaram Boat House (for Paradise Beach)- 10 kms. - 30 mins- Rs.350/one way.
Chunambaram Boat House to Paradise Beach by Boat - Rs.354/two way.
Other Attractions near White Town:(if interested)
✔ Bharathi Park
✔ Botanical Garden
✔ Pondicherry Museum
✔ Aurobindo Ashram [morning hours]
✔ The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
✔ Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
✔ Immaculate Conception Cathedral
✔ Statue of Dupleix
Special Mention :-
Mahabalipuram can be a pit stop on the East Coast Road while travelling from Chennai to Pondicherry . Shore Temple ,a UNESCO world heritage site, for which Mahabalipuram is widely famous , was built under the patronage of Pallava king Nrasimhavarman II Rajasimha,who was bestowed with the title of 'Mahabali'-the great warrior, who ascended the throne in 700 C.E. and ruled for about twenty years.