They only have few rooms but all give you the vibe of old French culture and heritage, they also have an open rooftop café, but I didn't like it much. Overall the place is good for the price and that too in the prime location of Pondicherry. Just keep in mind that hotels in Pondicherry are comparatively expensive. So, be smart and make an online booking. If your plan is not fixed, I would suggest you go for booking.com
What makes Pondicherry different from various other places in India?
Step into the magical white town of Pondicherry and you'll realize the city is very well maintained with no wires hanging around, cleanliness, maintaining the infrastructure, art in the air makes this town looks fresh all the time. In fact, there are certain areas where you are not allowed to take your vehicles. A very nice way to avoid pollution and keep the beauty of the town intact.
What I loved most about Pondicherry was just looking at the blue sky with no layer of human exertion on it, the white foam like clouds floating just parallel to the sea so blue that you always desire to dive deeper and never come back. Ha-ha, well I might be sounding a bit creepy right now but it was such a scintillating view.
Places to visit in Pondicherry
As we reached Pondicherry around noon, it was blazing hot even in the month of October but the wind was cool. The city looks beautiful with all those color-splashed French houses making it the best place for photographs. The whole white town is in parallel to the beach, which makes it look magical.
After freshening up, around early evening we headed for the Rock Beach since it was at a walking distance. We stopped by at Le Café for food and beverages and then spent our entire evening relaxing on the black rocks at the seashore and enjoyed the view with water splashing on us through the rocks.
Promenade beach is nothing but the extreme end of Rock Beach. If you keep walking along the shore, you will reach Promenade beach where there are no rocks and you can enjoy the sea water. It is the must visit place in Pondicherry.
We hired a scooter on rent for the next 2 days. It is the cheaper and most convenient option to roam around the town.
Auroville is a peaceful village located a few kilometers away from the white town of Pondicherry. It is a spiritual town to make you realize the purpose of human unity and is an ideal place for those who are spiritual and practice yoga.
To get inside the Matrimandir, you need to have a prior booking before 3 days at least, which is not possible for travelers like us with limited leaves and time and it is closed on Sundays. But even the view of this place is beautiful and the entire path to reach this place is full of greenery and peace. Take an entrance pass at the visiting center, watch the video to get an insight of Matrimandir from inside and then head for the Matrimandir View Point to view the beautiful gold-dome, which is at 10minutes walking distance from the visiting center.
On the way back, we took a stop at the famous Auroville bakery and had a lot of delicious carrot cakes, and various other freshly baked desserts, sandwiches and a few French dishes. They also have a beautiful seating area and a restaurant in the backyard where you can take your dessert and enjoy the meals.
Heritage Walk - White Town and Churches
Next, we headed back to white town, going through some of the beautiful landmarks of Pondicherry. It was an amazing heritage walk began with our visit to the famous church there.
There are many beautiful churches in Pondicherry but as we were running out of time, we went to Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was architecturally wonderful. This church was constructed during the 1700s by French missionaries. The walls inside are beautifully decorated with glass panels depicting the life of Christ.
Followed by that, we roamed around the town on foot. Those white, yellow, pink, and various color splashed houses, cafes, restaurants, décor shops, all these make it one of the most beautifully architected place in India. I couldn't take my eyes and camera off from those magnificent courtyards, windows, doors, and crafting done on the walls of these beautiful buildings.
Even if you don't want to walk, you can take a bike on rent or simply ask a rickshaw man for the whole package.
Next day, we got ready early and without wasting any time, we had breakfast at our hotel studio and left for the ferry ticket center for Paradise Beach.