The former name of Pondicherry, it was a French Colony which is now an Union Territory of the Indian Subcontinent. It is situated on the south- eastern part of the country and is full of pristine beaches and French influenced buildings all round the city. Pondicherry literally means 'A New Settlement'. The Romans visited this place during the 1st Century and ruled it for a few years and then started the brief rule of the Pallavas in the 4th Century. After this followed the Cholas and the Vijayanara rulers. Apart from all the beaches, churches and cathedrals, the Aurobindo Ashram or the Auroville is a major attraction out here. This place was started by Rishi Aurobindo and a place where you can do meditation.
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An awesome place for mind relief. We went there on our first evening but loved it so much that went there again the next day and spent the whole evening. If you are at Rock Beach, you have to visit the cafe there (Le Cafe). The sound of the waves and the wind blowing through your hair, just so peaceful.
The Dumas Street is an important location of Pondicherry and is mainly known for the more famous Dumas Guest House. This place has been in existence for a very long time now and is one of the best in town. People from all parts of the world come and stay over here and also recommend the place to others. They have kept up with their popularity of being one of the oldest resorts and they surely live up to all expectations. Also the Dumas street is very close to the beach and also the shopping arenas and other tourist attractions.
Auroville Visitor's Centre
Very close to the Matrimandir, this was a place for everyone who is a part of mankind. This place was built by Rishi Aurobindo and the Mother as Auroville or the House of dawn. This place aims at removing the gap between all religions, castes and creeds and spread the message of humanity and mankind alike. Also, they had once aimed to get the perfect combination of the past and future also in terms of spiritualism so that they could serve mankind in a better. This is a huge place and serves as a place to stay fopr tourists who are immense search of peace.
Sea Side Guest House
If you are looking for budget hotels with very good facilities, then this is the wisest option in the city of Pondicherry. This is a lovely place with spacious rooms have awesome sea views. The staff are friendly and of course the food here is very good too. The room service is prompt and the people here are really gentle. You will however not get any WiFi or pool facilities but its location close to the beach grabs all attraction.
This is an important road in Pondicherry and is known for the importance it has for travellers and tourists. This is because this road is filled with all sorts of restaurants and tourist resorts and visitors centers. The Goubert Road is also adjacent to the beach and thus has a really nice atomosphere.
La Maison Rose
Not a very good place if you are in search of authentic French food but if you are just in for some nice taste and fusion of flavours you will find this place nice. They are nice, little shop with not many seating options also but whoever have come here have been really happy with the service. besides, there is no harm in tasting Indianized French food.
Bamboo Aikido Fedaration of India
This is a 19th Century building with complete French influence and colonial art and furniture pieces. The food menu is also a complete one made of French classical dishes. It is sheer bliss to dine over here with such a lovely ambience and such good food. The Gaspacho, sandwiches, pancakes and baguettes are a must try here. This is a perfect art cafe with such a nice, vintage collection and awesome food to go perfectly with the theme.
We girls love chocolate and this place was on the top of our list. We reached there at night around 10 but the shop was about to close and they didn't let us in. So we went there the next day in the afternoon, had some yummy chocolate and took a lot for friends. It's a small dessert place with cute chocolate-like butterflies adorning the ceiling. There's a statue of Abdul Kalam made out of chocolate. Must visit if you have a sweet tooth.
This Beach Road is meant for amazing walks especially past 5! People of all ages visit this place and is one of the most common places visited around. The place is really clean and the people out there take immense care to do that. NO SMOKING. Animals allowed in certain timings. No littering around and No Drinking. You have Le Cafe and a few other joints. On the stretch, there is the Dupleix Statue, Gandhi Statue, Ambedkar Mani Mandapam, French War Memorial, a few Government Offices and some beach side Hotels.
It is one of the major tourist attraction of Ooty. It has some 650 species of plants and trees. Covering an extensive area of 55 acre, the garden is well-maintained and has a beautiful collection of many flowers. The place looks spectacular during its annual flower exhibition.
Bussy Street Bus Stop
When you enter this upmarket, French bakery the staff greets you in impeccable French, you stutter a broken Bonjour and nod to them proudly. Baker Street on Bussy Street will truly feed the Francophile in you. The crisp coffees, éclairs, croissants, macaroons, meringues, mousses and pain au chocolat seem to be the envy of every diabetic patient who enters this French Bakery. Entry is by reservations and for dinner alone.
One of the most popular avenues of the city, this is like a tribute to the Father of the Nation, Gandhiji. A walk along this road is extremely blissful with a statue of Gandhiji at one wnd which is covered with white arches. This is also a place for photography with the background of the statue. On the one side of this lane is greenery in the form of lawns and on the other is the sea which is always roaring with a gush of waves every minute. The sound of the waters and the colour of peace all around makes it really nice. Also, there are benches here for you spend some peaceful time reading a book or just relaxing. The Old Customs House is another important building here which almost looks like a haunted house after it is dark.
A history-enthusiast or otherwise, the Puducherry Museum is a must-visit. Displaying artefacts belonging to the Pallav and Chola dynasties, it also offers an insight into nature, with fossilised trunks of ancient trees preserves in the courtyard. The Museum remains closed on every Monday and National holidays, so you might want to plan you visit accordingly.Time required: 2 hours
Pondicherry Bus Main Station
By 4 P.M. I got into the bus, I took one that follows by pass route so that I could reach pondy as soon as possible as I didn’t prebook my pondy stay. In 4 hours I reached pondy and rushed to look up for stay options. finalised a decent guest house nearby bus stand only for that particular night as I knew I am not going to spend rest of the weekend there (safety concerns).
Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram was not on my list for some reason. But the first time I went there, it prompted me to visit the place the second time as well. The tranquility and simplicity of the ashram was a good change, especially if you come from a metropolitan city, this place is a good way to shut your mind off from everything. Don’t forget to grab a book from the ashram.
Palais de Mahe
This is a 3- star boutique hotel on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Road and is known for their hospitality and welcoming. Their inner decorations are awesome and the rooms they give you are all deluxe with fantastic sea views. Their buffet and restaurants serve great food and of any cuisine because you are simply spoilt for choice here. Apart from this they have all sorts of modern facilities to cater to their guests and the lawn and poolside lounge area is another cherry on the awesome cake.