A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry

Tripoto
28th Mar 2014

A View from the Promenade

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

On the way to Pondicherry

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Ginger Pondicherry, my room

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Baker Street

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Baker Street

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Bacon salad @Baker Street

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Baba Rhum @Baker Street

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas
Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

The Promenade

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

The Promenade

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Auroville Exhibition Center

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Auroville Boutique Shops

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

On the way to Matrimandir @Auroville

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Matri Mandir

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Cafe Food Habit

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Salt dunes

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Sea view from Chennai Marine road

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Souvenirs from Pondy

Photo of A Quick Weekend Trip to Pondicherry by Rini Biswas

Day 1

When the month long planning, booking, convincing (myself) ended, and I was standing at the starting point of the journey, it was an unbelievable rush of mixed-bag emotions that I felt! My train was in the evening, Chennai Express (starting of my own movie it seems), from Secunderabad and I was supposed to reach Chennai early in the morning around 6 am. I confirmed and reconfirmed with the cab and hotel personnel about my booking and started off the journey. A nice, night long, event-less train journey it was and I reached Chennai safely. The cab was there and around 6:30 am and I started off towards my main destination, Pondicherry

The road we took, was the much recommended one - the "picturesque East-Coast route"...but I didn't find it too picturesque. However, the beach road in Chennai was full of life with runners, joggers, cyclists, so much so that at some point I was considering a cycle trip to Pondicherry some day, which eventually withered off once I reached my destination, thinking about the long route I have to chart otherwise :P (ouch!) . My Samsung S Duos camera wasn't enough to capture the beauty of the route and the unending line of beach resorts with their innovative names. So, here is to all you fellow travelers, go there, and be there to experience it on your own :) . 

I had to take a breakfast stop on the way. My cab driver's recommendation was a veg dhaba, which served decent South Indian food and awesome tea. Refueling done, we started off again. I reached Ginger Pondicherry around 11 am, was instantly led to my room, though I expected some waiting as I arrived earlier than the check-in time and made the cozy room my two-days den. I R.E.A.C.H.E.D...! :D

Next agenda was to chalk down the plan for next two days. I spread the map of the city, given by the hotel upon arrival and laid out my plan over a hearty meal. Made some phone calls to my next destinations within the city, booked cab again for the next day's trip and it was siesta time! 

"Baker Street" my No:1 love in Pondicherry...the bakery I sooooo wanted to visit, was 1st in the list! So, I included it in my first day strolling in the city and got myself carried away in the exquisite fares. "Baba Rhum", and it did have decent dose of rum, with whipped cream and a smooth like honey cheese cake - a fare to die for, became my instant favorite there. I sampled some more items from Baker Street and I knew what I was gonna take back as souvenir for my dear friends :) 

After Baker Street, it was time for the Promenade and a quick ride of auto took me there. The refreshing wind, the vibrant ambiance and the wild, free expanse of the sea - the stage was set to spend a memorable evening with yourself! I took a walk from one end to the other on the Promenade, approximately 2 km, breathed the freedom of the trip in, relaxed and came back to the hotel room to have a refreshing night of sleep ahead!

Day 2

The main agenda was to visit Auroville, a must visit place, if you are in Pondicherry (so I heard)! I was a bit skeptic about the place and was not expecting to see anything interesting, since my mind was basically skirting around the idea of typical mandirs and all! And when I returned from there, all I could think of is, you gotta reserve a whole day, I repeat, a WHOLE day, if you really want to soak in the serenity, the peace Auroville has to offer! But again, try to skip the pocket-burning centers a.k.a the boutique shops there and you will enjoy more :) ! I was personally taken by surprise and awe with the huge wind-chime hanging from a tree near by the exhibition center and wished for some good wind blow to record the ethereal music it was producing! Unfortunately, that didn't happen! Also, remember, if you are ready to be scorched in the sun and enjoy walking madly, forget there is an inter-ashram bus service and walk to Matri-Mandir, otherwise, just take the bus to and fro. All through my visit to Auroville, I kept on thinking, I should have planned to spend an entire day here. But, brushing away my thought cloud, I did manage to collect some souvenir from there, as well for my loved ones :) .

After Auroville, my direction to my cab-driver was for a quick trip to Pondicherry Museum and the Light House. As, I said, quick trip it was and short n sweet also they were! That's all I am gonna say about those two places. 

Next coming back to hotel, taking ample rest, a luxury I seldom get, and then I got ready for another day's visit to my favorite Baker Street and then Promenade. Yes, much to my chagrin, I could not visit the best places for sea-food, but then I did discover Food Habit, on the way towards Promenade. Food Habit is a small roof-top cafe with very basic fares. "BUT" you gonna love it. Because, the chef makes it diligently, because you will have the luxury of sitting amid simplistic decor and the refreshing wind blowing from the sea-beach! :) 

After Food Habit, I walked towards Promenade, enjoyed my last evening there as long as I could and came back content to my hotel room. It was time to repack and then hit the sleep button. 

Day 3

Ginger Pondicherry is a budget accommodation with all the services in place. So, my checking out was as smooth as check-in and I started towards Chennai. Another uneventful journey followed, with me snapping this and that periodically! I reached Chennai, boarded on the Hyderabad Express and after sometime realized my greatest long-train-journey mistake - didn't have a bottle of water with me! Much to my sufferings and chagrin, not a single bottles-water vendor came in the compartment and ultimately around 1 am finally, I bought 2 bottles of water from Guntur station! If I could give rating, Hyderabad Express will get an A minus. The train was also 1 hour late in arrival causing me to forsake the sweetness of a beautiful trip and rush back home and somehow managed to log in to my office on time! 

But then a nice trip will remain a nice one, and nothing can spoil the charm of the moments spent there! That's the beauty of travel, that's the magnet that draws out travelers from their dens and unites on the road! 

Good service and amenities at a budget price.
Photo of Ginger Hotel Pondicherry, Sankardass Swamigal Nagar, Puducherry, India by Rini Biswas
A bakery with awesome and innovative fares coupled with good service.
Photo of Baker Street, Bussy Street, Pondicherry by Rini Biswas
The serenity is enigmatic!
Photo of Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Rini Biswas
Simplistic fare, reasonable price and the roof top location.
Photo of Cafe Food Habit by Rini Biswas
14 Comment(s)
Sort by:
Hi rini! We are planning a pondy trip and your post is very helpful! I wanted to know more about how did you get to pondy from chennai? How much time did it take and what are the approximate charges for it?
Sun 11 06 16, 19:49 · Reply (1) · Report
Hi Pooja, thanks for writing in and for the lovely praise :D ... well, from Chennai to Pondy and back I booked cab. It cost me some hefty amount as I was travelling alone and none to share the cost with but it was comfortable and I didn't mind. You can do the same especially if you are visiting in a group. Otherwise there are many private bus operators available to and from Chennai to Pondy. There are even state Govt buses but the bus stand will be a bit far from Chennai railway station. Hope this helps.
Mon 11 07 16, 08:21 · Report
Accommodation in pondicherry We will give you a safe and secured place for all travellers to Puducherry Enjoy in safe place in pondicherry Heritage town Wanna go on a vacation and leisure travellers to Puducherry, weekend Accommodation or visiting to Pondicherry and long leave and not sure which place would suit your budget?Travellers are welcome to pondicherry to have a safe Accommodation in pondicherry We will give you a secured place for all Type travellers to pondicherry Enjoy the place in pondicherry Heritage town the self drive zoomcar travellers ,Mylescars self drive family ,carzonrent self-drive travellers, revv Self Drive Car Rentals,zingcar,zuver,justride and bla bla car travelling peoples are welcome
Thu 07 28 16, 05:27 · Reply (1) · Report
Hi..if you need to advertise, please do that somewhere else. Not on my posts.
Thu 07 28 16, 09:47 · Report
Yes you are right Rini I had the same feeling before visiting the Matrimandir and again the same you had after you were coming out of it. The place has simple magic inside which can heal all your stress without any medicines and it should definitely be a part of your Pondicherry trip plan.
Sun 01 10 16, 21:45 · Reply (1) · Report
I'm glad you experienced the same magic of this serene place, Latika.
Tue 03 29 16, 08:26 · Report
How did you like Matrimandir? It is like a show in itself with the lovely shape and the golden discs it is covered with. It looks so fantastic from outside also and the ambience inside is no doubt something words cannot describe. Once I went there this became a must in my Pondicherry itinerary.
Sun 01 10 16, 12:06 · Reply (2) · Report
And so sorry for the late reply. My apologies.
Tue 03 29 16, 08:28 · Report
Unfortunately Abhay, I had no idea that we need to take permission way before to get a slot for meditation inside the mandir. So, I couldn't visit the inside and experience the peace but the place in itself is something that will lure you back. :)
Tue 03 29 16, 08:28 · Report
The Rishi Aurovindo Seva Pratishthan or simply the Auroville is an awesome place if you do not where to stay and still you have the wish of coming down to Rishi Ville every day. A weekend trip to Pondicherry without a regular trip to Auroville is not worthwhile.
Sun 01 10 16, 10:17 · Reply (1) · Report
You are right. I'm planning a 3-4 day stay at Auroville itself or in the vicinity, next time I go there. :) Thanks for writing your suggestion here.
Tue 03 29 16, 08:29 · Report
Show More Comments