Hey, I am back with my second post, after a long delay. Most of you already know what it is about. Yayy right, trip to Pondicherry, which is one of the most impromptu trips that happened in my life. It was February 2018; the year had just begun. While I was contemplating life sitting in my office (aka corporate life), out of nowhere I decided to pack my bags and travel somewhere as I was super tired of the monotonous life. Since Pondicherry was on my bucket list for a long time, I decided to book a ticket right then and Yes, I made it there the very immediate weekend.
I have been to Pondicherry just once now but without a doubt, I can tell you, It is the go-to place if you are looking for a blissful getaway or a place with rich history, magnificent beaches, and some authentic seafood.
There are all possible modes of transport to Pondicherry. Since I was on a budget trip, I opted for Bus which was for Rs 1000 both ways. I traveled from Bangalore to Pondicherry which was a one-night journey (8 hours). One can travel to Pondicherry by Plane, Train, Car which again depends on the place you are traveling from. I have also heard that there is a Cruise ship between Chennai and Pondicherry for 3 hr and that sounds cool!!!
GET AROUND, HOTEL AND ITINERARY FOR THE TRIP TO PONDICHERRY:
Places Visited: Rock/Promenade Beach, French Colony, M G Road, White town.
Food: Le Café, GMT, Le TERRASSE, Cream Affair
Get around: Walk, Bicycle Rs 100/day
Stay: Hotel Le Mirage, M G Road (3 days)
I did not really have an agenda on places to cover in Pondicherry. All I was looking for was to have 3 blissful days for self to do whatever my mind and heart asked for. I just wanted to make the most of it.
I had booked Hotel ‘Le Mirage’ which is in the heart of Pondicherry. Took an auto to reach my hotel from the bus stop and had to do an early check-in as I had reached Pondicherry super early (6 am). I quickly dumped all my stuff in my room, got ready, headed to the Rock beach for French breakfast by the beach which I was very excited about. After a good 15 mins (1 Km) walk, I found Le Café which is one of the popular Cafes on the Rock beach front. I ordered some French breakfast on their menu (Cannot really recall what the name of the breakfast was) and some authentic coffee. For me, Rock beach was love at first sight in a true sense. After spending some quality time sipping on hot coffee, enjoying the breezy morning with a magnificent view of the beach at the Café, I decided to take a stroll in the city within a walking distance from my hotel.
I used Google map on my phone and started walking towards the French Colony. The charming town and its French legacy are preserved with mustard-colored colonial villas, tree-lined streets, old French Cafes, and chic boutiques making it remarkably close to giving you a feel of the French culture. A good 2 hours of a stroll in the French colony, White town, and M G Road, the sun had already started beating down like bullets on my body clobbered with sunscreen making me run back to the hotel for some rest. By the time I got back to the hotel, my stomach started growling as it was already 1.30 pm and I could not help myself from ordering scrumptious seafood platter meal which was overfilling and something cold to sip on to beat the heat. After a heavy lunch, I fell asleep in no time.
My alarm woke me up at 5 pm reminding me to witness sunset at the beach. I got freshened up and rented a bicycle for Rs 100 /day at the hotel and this time, it was a whole new experience riding to the beach in the streets of French colony when the sun was almost down. The moment I reached the Rock beach, I could not believe but bear the fact that it was totally crowded giving the place an entirely different vibe compared to what I had seen in the morning. It looked like a fair. Although it was crowded, I was fascinated by the vibe.
The vehicle riding on the beach front is banned before 10 am and after 6 pm making it available for the city to enjoy the place. But I couldn’t stop myself from sneaking in to ride my bicycle on that beautiful road I had seen lined by the palm trees. I was warned twice to stop riding there but my heart didn’t stop me. I continued doing rounds on that road until they stopped me for the third time with a serious note. Huhuhehheh. I had the best time.
Now it was time for me to park my bicycle and barge into the souvenir store on the beach front. There were varieties of items which caught my eyes. I finally came out with 2 colorful sand timers in hand. And, Oh how can I miss mentioning the other most favorite part of the day! It was the Jack-fruit ice cream that I had from GMT, the famous ice cream shop on the beach front. Guess I down 3 of them. Soo delicious that I feel I need one right now!!!!
After chilling some time at the beach near the port area, I rode to have dinner at LA TERRASSE followed by dessert at this beautiful place called ‘Cream affair’. By now I had realized my love for Rock beach, where I had kind of found my peace, I decided to visit it every day till the time of my stay at Pondicherry. By the time I got back to the hotel, it was around 10.30 pm. I hit the bed in no time dreaming about the next morning bicycle ride to sunrise at the beach.