We, four friends started off the journey with a train that goes from Chennai to Puducherry (Pondicherry) within 4-5 hours in the evening. We pre booked our stay at a hotel (Ram Guest House) on M.G Road. after the check-in, we got freshen up and headed to the beach road for a walk where we ended up staying till 1.30 am. There were still people around playing and walking around at this time. You have spend a good amount of time with food being served at this cafe beside Gandhi statue called Le Cafe.
We went back and arrived at around 5.30 am in the morning for sunrise. Later after spending few minutes at the beach and taking photos, we walked around the White town and French Colony for abreakfast and morning tea. We hired cycles which costs around Rs. 100 per day for goign around. We also visited the famous Manakula Vinayagar temple and other famous foo outlets like Baker's street, Cafe Xtasi, Eat my cake etc., The brick oven pizza at Cafe xtasi is a must try if you are going to pondicherry. Expensive though but worth the money. we also tried GMT ice cream. Try Bacardi gelato there.
Since there was a time crunch, we couldn't go to Auroville. But this place is a retreat if you would like to relax and get away from city chaos. Try the cafes that are in and around Auroville which has got some healthy french breakfasts and snacks.