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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the last beach on the line of the four beaches, this is the least crowded and also an isolated sort of place. This beach is also known as the Full Moon Beach because of the round shape of it. The white sands and peaceful atmosphere of this place makes it even more charming. The best thrill factor here is that this beach has no road connectivity during and immediately after the monsoons and so there are only two ways by which you can come here. One is by Motor boating from the Half Moon Beach with which this beach is partly attached and the second is by hiking from the Om Beach. The first option is however much safer. You will naturally not fnd any holiday resort around but you can of course arrange picnics here. This beach is a favourite of hippies and the backpackers who love to camp rather than sleep in soft beds while they are on a trip. This is where they often camp during the nights and you can also do the same if you feel you have not had enough fun here.
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.
This is an old French colony which has now become a posh neighbourhood og Pondicherry. The French and Roman inspired buildings here are mostly in white and mustard colour. This is one reason for which the name 'White Town' suits this place aptly. Also, this is a very popular area with all the different types of restaurants- big and small located over here. If you want to taste some of the best food and dishes of here, then you should definitely come doen to White Town. It is not that you will only get South Indian food but you get all other Indian cuisines along with French, Italian and other continental and exotic dishes in most of the restaurants of White Town.
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 a Dupleix Hotel and an awesome place in the White Town Area of Pondicherry. This is an old house which is now turned into an iconic hotel. The all white French style villa is now a popular restaurant cum hotel. They are situated very close to the Bay of Bengal Shores, the leafy park and also the main market of the region. They serve great French food which is delicious and authentic. You will find a huge crowd of foreigners over here all the time mainly because they find the authentic taste only over here. The ambience and service of this place also very good.
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.
They alligned me in the evening training batch. So again I was left with 2-3 hours to spend the way I like. I opened Maps and decided to walk towards “ le café “ first to have afternoon meal. Then headed towards the beach nearby! It was afternoon and sun was shining bright so seated on the sheltered shacks there admiring the view :)
Cafe xtasi is one famous cafe in Pondicherry. It has two units, one in Pondicherry and the other one in Auroville. We were too hungry and this one is near to Auroville beach. Famous for its pizza and burger, we ordered the same along with potato wedges, cheesy fries, normal fries and chicken wings. Food was good but pizza was ordinary.
The highlights of this resort are their location and their hospitality. This is a French style hotel with standard facilities. What touches the heart is their politeness and service quality. They are close to all the prime locations of the town and you can just hop- and- shop -and- hop -and rest out here. The facilities and room services provided here are always not up to the mark but the management and staff here are sure to address all your grievances very soon.
Café des Arts
This is a typical old Pondicherry house converted into an art cafe. The walls are lined with quirky paintings and interesting book shelves that complete the ambiance. There are clothes and bags which are available for sale. We went here for lunch. When we spoke to the waiter we found out he's not a waiter but a student from delhi who is studying french there. As a lot of french people visit the place so he's helping his friend's aunt who owns the cafe as he is fluent in french. we had a nice chat with him and he told us soon he would be working in some embassy in Delhi. The service is slow, which is where the ambiance helps. Drinks were ok, food was good. The place is a bit clumpsy but the Crowd is quite good though and the silence for having a conversation with friends makes it better.
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.
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.
The Windflower Resort and Spa
This is a café and bar with the best ambience in town. This is a place owned by a group of friends and the Bohemian feel and look here grabs all eyeballs. The regular food options are nil here as they serve awesome fusion foods, snacks and pastries. They serve nice mocktails and cocktails too though the loud music may not be a good option for many people. If you are young and you love a punky ambience this place is a fantastic option for you.
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.