Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things

Tripoto
24th Dec 2018
Photo of Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things by Siva Ilankumaran

The popular Indian French colony can be explored and enjoyed fully by 6 things. These things almost covers and defines the whole Pondicherry to the fullest.

1.Beaches

Promenade or Rock Beach is a famous and beautiful beach in Pondy in its own way. The rock boulder, paved walkway, location in white town, sea facing cafes are popular for Promenade. It welcomes people right before sunrise till wee hours. 24 hours café is an useful amenity here. But it is the ultimate feeling of beach is rather missing as getting legs soaked, let alone getting drenched, itself is impossible.

Is there any place to admire the beauty of night than Promenade?

Photo of Promenade Beach, Puducherry by Siva Ilankumaran

Midnight are just for Promenade!

Photo of Promenade Beach, Puducherry by Siva Ilankumaran

Paradise Beach is one of the cleanest beach of Pondy. This will most certainly provide what was missing in Promenade beach.

A beach with good backdrop is again a best place to spend hours without knowing so.

2.Ashram, temple & church

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the prime attraction of Pondicherry, and has its own patronage.

Aurobindo

Photo of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, Near Junction of, White Town, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is Lord Ganesha temple, the temple and its elephant is one of the famous place in Pondi.

Photo of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Pondicherry has number of churches of them Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Conception Cathedral is both famous and elegant.

Front facade of Basilica

Photo of The Sacred Heart Basilica, South Boulevard, Near Railway Station, MG Road Area, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Photo of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Mission Street, MG Road Area, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

3.Aurovile

Aurovile is strategically planned and experimental township aims to make a living of people from any country together.

Auroville matrimandir doom

Photo of Auroville Matrimandir, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of Auroville Matrimandir, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran

The major attraction of Aurovile is Matrimandir - a golden doom. The township is located away from the main city, is an isolated place with forest like plantation. Residents of the township speak highly of the township and their way of life.

Kids circling the trees

Photo of Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things by Siva Ilankumaran

It also has a beach - Aurovile beach closely accessible.

4.White town

White town in Pondicherry is dearest place for film industry and photographers. The colourful buildings left by French are making the city look beautiful. Walking, admiring, and clicking pics along the white town is one of the craziest things tourist do in Pondicherry.

Cafe des arts in White town!

Photo of White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

5.Shopping & Booze

Due to low taxes, things like handicrafts, leather goods (HIDESIGN brand based in Pondicherry) and textiles are fairly cheap. Nehru Road and Mission Road are shopping destinations of Pondi.

Photo of Enjoying the French Colony Pondicherry through 6 Things by Siva Ilankumaran

Pondicherry is synonymous to Booze, atleast for adjacent state for the same reason as shopping. It serves as a Goa for Tamil Nadu. It is not very uncommon for people to go there, get high and return with hangover & of course with smuggled cases.

6.Hotels & restaurants

After a tiring months after months of worklife and looking for a idle far away resting destination with nothing but a utter rest to bring mojo back for the mundane life. Then Pondicherry would be the ideal spot. The hotels and restaurants here would revitalize, would let people to experience a cozy, grand western style holiday to every bit.

Hotels

Pondi has got varieties Hotels from separate apartments, to antique french/south Indian houses, to sea view resort, to boat house, the options are unlimited to explore. Airbnb has so much to offer, be patient to choose a right one among world of option.

Restaurants

From tasty South Indian cuisines to North Indian Thalis to French, Italian, Chinese, Continental foods to root tops to candle light dining spaces to sea overlooking cafes with the exquisite, picturesque, recluse restaurants to choose.

Some famous and must try restaurants:

Surguru, A2B, Atithi, Appachi Chettinad, Satsanga, Villa Shanti, Kasha Ki Aasha, #Dilliwaala6, Bay of Buddha, Lighthouse Rooftop Grill, Café Xtasi, Tanto Pizzeria, Coromandel Cafe & La Maison Rose, Le Dupleix, Crepe In Touch, Carte Blanche, La Villa Helena, Le Club, Les Alizés, Rendezvous, Le Pondy, Café des Arts, Auroville Bakery

Other attractions of Pondicherry

It serves as a reminder of those valiant soldiers who lost their lives during the World War-I from 1916 to 1919.

Photo of French War Memorial, Mahe de Labourdonnais Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

A place where you can hire a boat to take you to ride amid's tens and thousands of lotus and spend watching birds and hears its chirping. Ousteri lake is otherwise called as Lotus lake for reason.

Photo of Ousteri by Siva Ilankumaran

Boathouse with other selective water sports in Chunnambar River backwaters is an ideal destinations for families and romantic day out.

Photo of Chunnambar Boat House, Nonankuppam, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Located in the Bharathi Park, Pondicherry Museum houses a fantastic collection of sculptures. It has the remains of the archeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. Bronze sculptures of god and goddess, a wide gathering of temple lamps, handicrafts and art are also kept here. Some specimens of Chola and Pallava art from Pondicherry and Karaikal are displayed in the sculpture gallery.

Photo of Puducherry Museum, Canteen Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Siva Ilankumaran

Sports activity

It has got multiple water sports activities like scuba diving, parasailing, banana boat rides, surfing, etc, to offer the tourists.

Nearby places

67 kms away from Pondi has a fort which was called as Troy of the East by British. The fort was originally built by Chola, was ranked as "most impregnable fortress in India" by Maratha King Shivaji, is one of few surviving forts of Tamil Nadu.

Photo of Gingee, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran

96 kms away from Pondi is a sculptural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site has 400 ancient monuments and Hindu temples built during Pallava dynasty. It also has a beach in its store, the waves are ferocious but heck of a place to witness full moon day.

Photo of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran

77 kms away from Pondi is the second largest Mangrove forest in the world. It is a home for many rare species of plants, shells and finfishes. It also attracts varieties of migrant and local birds.

Photo of Pichavaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran
Photo of Pichavaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Siva Ilankumaran
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