A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry

Tripoto
11th Jul 2015
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

Chunnambar back waters

Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

Chunnambar back waters

Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

New Banana Cafe

Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

Goubert Avenue.

Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

Goubert Avenue.

Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

Goubert Avenue.

Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush
Photo of A wanderer's lust : Pondicherry by Piyush

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

I always had this desire to visit Pondicherry , not because of the awesome sea shores but because of it's French colonial heritage & legacy . It's a must visit place for all history lovers , at least once . My last two attempts were in vain , I never managed to reach beyond Vellore , on both occasions almighty showered his blessings in the form of heavy rain & thunderstorm .

The connecting highways are amazing ( From Bangalore to Pondi) & you can really enjoy your ride with less stress ( Try follow Krishnagiri-Vellore route , it adds additional 30 KM's but roads are in best condition ) . The distance I covered was almost 750 KM's in two days upfront . We left Bangalore in the morning around 0600 Hrs . The overall journey was amazing however make sure you check weather conditions before you leave . I had this realization after two failed attempts :)

En-route to Pondi

Day 1.

I already had made a booking in Hotel Jayaram for a day , we reached pondi around 12:00 PM & checked in into the hotel . During this time of season , usually it's humid . So my plan was to start exploring Goubert Ave in the evening . No offense to veggies but if you are in Pondi , sea food is a must thing . Unfortunately this hotel served only veg .

I would recommend , once you are in Pondi , try restaurants (preferred by local people ) in the heart of the city . You will be amazed to check the options you can get  & in your budget . I enjoyed Chilli Prawns & roasted squids ....

In the evening strolled towards  Goubert Ave. , this is the heart of this place & 2 Km's from my hideout . This whole avenue is in an oval shape & have a well maintained pictorial estate of French era .  The best subset of the path is adjacent to the shores of Bay Bengal & you will be amazed to see so many people but without any chaos & which makes  this place more serene. I missed the sunset as I was a bit lost in the nap . I explored near by places , I was lucky that I managed to escaped in  the harbor , this is a restricted place & the moment guards saw me they showed me way out :) .

I was exploring some nearby places with help of GPS & found this great restaurant "New Banana Cafe" , the first impression was not that good however after meeting the owner & chef Mr. Senthil , I realized that his main customers are dedicated foreign tourists & it's an off season here . They are specialized in French cuisines  & trust me the drinks & food was amazing . I would recommend to try it , if you are in near by places . I really loved it .

As I was loitering here & there on my foot & trust me it was humid even in the night  , I was tired & drained  , I tried one of the local bars on the way , consumed couple of beers  & snoozed of for the night in the hotel. To my surprise I found the bars are budget friendly .

Key Points

  • Try restaurants preferred by locals ( you can guess it by looking at the crowd) . They offer a lot of options & are pocket friendly .
  • If you are there in pre-monsoon season , ensure that you try to explore surroundings either in the evening or early in the morning .
  • Try New banana cafe , you will like to food & the ambiance of this place "simple & calm" .
  • Drinking in bars are affordable (surprisingly) .
  • If you are visiting Pondi (TN) first time , filter tea is must recommended beverage . I loved it especially on highways .


Day2

The way I missed the sunset , didn't want to miss the sun rise & moreover the weather was pleasant too in the early morning  . I reached the Avenue by 5 in the morning , the view was spectacular , I  tried to imbibe this  beauty , fisherman boats sailing along harbor , people indulged in yoga , this is something which really did affectionate me . I also speculated near by French colonies , museum , Auroville Ashram (didn't go inside) however the day was getting hotter & humidity was inclining too , I covered almost 8 Km's in diameter (as per GPS :) . Decided to head back to the hotel  . As soon as I reached hotel , took 2 hours naps as the exploration was tiresome .

Next destination was Chunnambar back waters (Paradise Beach), ideally I should have gone there in the evening but time was on shorter side . You need to take a boat ride (Chunnambar boat house ) to reach the beach &  it will cost you 200 Rs (both sides) . The boat ride was amazing & I must say this beach is very well maintained . I spent some time here had a couple of pints & then it was time to go back home . I reached home by 10:30 in the night .

Key points

  • Go Goubert Ave. in the morning before dawn , you will love it
  • Chunnambar back waters is a good place to have some water sports , please don't compare it with other places but if you are here , you can enjoy it :)
  • Paradise beach is a serene place especially for family , food & drinks are available on the beach .


I hope ,  I had some more time to enjoy this place . I know I left a lot of places to explore but as I managed to check mark my priority list . I hope next opportunity will come soon .

Cheers

A nice , budget friendly hotel ...
Photo of Hotel Jayaram, Kamaraj Salai, Ilango Nagar, Puducherry, India by Piyush
A lovely spot , you will be breathless to sea the beauty of this place & kudos goes to managing authority as well .
Photo of Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Piyush
Photo of French Consulate, Puducherry, India by Piyush
Photo of Auroville Visitor's Centre, Auroville, Puducherry, India by Piyush
Photo of Paradise Beach, Puducherry, India by Piyush
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