Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary

Tripoto
7th Oct 2018

Serenity Beach

Photo of Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

The French capital of India : Pondicherry, is a charming and alluring aura of the South and the French. It is well known for its deluge of enchanting coastal line, beautiful islands, avalanche of its and its astonishing white town.

Pondicherry is a small town, that functions at a slow and leisurely pace. It won't take you much time to adapt to the pleasant weather, beauty of the seashore, aroma from the coffee shops, mix of Local Tamilian food stalls and French cuisines.

GETTING THERE :

Roadways : NH47 and NH48 via Mumbai. ( Approximately 1,298 kms )

Railways : There are a number of Trains that depart for Pondicherry from Mumbai. Two of the shortest ones are the LTT and the Nagercoil Balaji Express.

Airways : Airways are the most convenient and the fastest means if travel. Since there are no direct flights available, flights usually have a layover at Bangalore airport and then a smaller aircraft departs to Pondicherry.

The return fare ( Mumbai - Pondicherry) during peak months are Approximately Rs 15,000.

WHERE TO STAY :

There are a number of hotels, resorts and villas to choose from all over Pondicherry. Since we wanted to try something different, we checked into an ancient French Style Tamilian Villa named La Closerie Bay of Bengal bang on the Promenade Beach.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

Cost for two : Approximately Rs 3500 - 4000 per night with Complimentary Breakfast .

WHAT TO SEE AND DO :

ITIENARY : 4 Nights and 5 Days

Day 1

Promenade

Photo of Promenade Beach Front, Duppuypet, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

Sightseeing :

We started with Pondicherrys Promenade Beach around 5 pm as we had just landed from Mumbai around 4pm. We walked around the Promenade Beach Front on a pleasant evening.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

We walked around the Beach Front and visited the French War Memorial. What won my heart about the Promenade beach was the fact that post 8 Pm, the entire zone is barricaded and turns into a No Vehicle Zone or Silent zone for civilians to walk. It was a treat to the ears to be in a No Noise zone while a pleasant sight to the eye.

WHAT TO EAT :

Grab a seat at Le Club, a 24*7 open restaurant at the beach. The best time to visit it is during sunrise or sunset as it offers breathtaking views. But if you're looking for a quick late night snack too then this is definitely the place to head to. We tried their coffee, brownie, Sandwiches and Lasagna.

Photo of New Le Cafe, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of New Le Cafe, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

Beach view

Photo of New Le Cafe, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

Approximately : Rs 400 for two people.

Day 2

Matrimandir

Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rachael Pereira

Auroville is an experimental community in South India dedicated to the ideals of human unity. We spent an entire day beginning our tour from the visitors centre , where we also gathered handouts about Aurovilles educational and cultural activities. One can participate in yoga, volunteer work, workshops , shaded walks, shopping and Matrimandir tours. My favorite part of the trip to Auroville was definitely the walk through the semi forest areas and pathways discovering plantation and flora all around the place.

Absolute silence is required inside the Matrimandir and the 12 meditation rooms in the Petals.

Besides there are large number of boutiques open from 9:30 am to 6 pm that sell a wide range of handicrafts, incense, clothing, jewellery , aromatherapy, organic syrups, dried fruits etc.

Where to Eat :

Auroville has a choice of cafes roughly open from 8 am to 10:30pm daily. One can enjoy local and organic specialities at affordable prices.

We tried their South Indian Thali at the Right path Cafe.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

TIP :

- There's a lot of walking to do so ensure that you're wearing comfortable footwear.

- Bicycles and Shuttles Are available.

Contact : 04132623034

- Information centre is Open daily from 9am - 1pm and 1:30 - 5pm.

Day 3

Suffren street Yellow Villa

Photo of Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

We head to Cafe Des Arts at Suffren Street for breakfast. We had heard a lot of hype about this place and come across a lot of posts and since then it was on our Bucket list. Cafe Des Arts is a cute little artsy cafe in white town with perfect French Charm , decor and antiques. It's not only one of the most renowned cafe's in Pondicherry but also one of the busiest.

We had the macchiato coffee, chocolate waffle, Nutella Crepe and Bacon and Egg Baguette Sandwiches. The crepes were my favorite, literally to die for.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

Cost for two : Approximately Rs 800.

We picked up some take away and begun our journey towards Outseri Lake. It was a 40 minute ride until we reached the boat house.

They offer spectacular boating facilities with scenic green plantations and mesmerizing backwaters. It's the perfect location if you're looking for some relaxation and chilling out time.

They have different kinds of boat services ranging from speed boat, motor boat, group boats and cruise kind of boats. Along with boating, one can also choose from a number of thrilling activities like hiking or camping in the backwaters.

Charges: Entry Charges to the boat house: RS 5

Motor Boat: INR 50

Speed Boat (2 seater): INR 125

Speed Boat (4 seater): INR 350

Jet Ski: INR 250

We opted for the speed boat for two people. Paid and collected a receipt at the counter and off we were to the island.

We spent an entire day at the island, relaxing and then head back to our hotel.

Photo of Paradise Beach, Pudukuppam, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Paradise Beach, Pudukuppam, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

WHERE TO EAT : Since we were living at the Promenade we decided to talk a walk along the shore and pick a restaurant for dinner. We head to café Xtasi, a pub for a few drinks and music. The ambience was great. The choice of drinks were amazing and the food was delicious. We had the Jager Bombs , The Margaritas and Bangkok prawns along with the four cheese Olive Pizza and called it a night.

Cost for two : Approximately Rs 1500.

Day 4
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

White town is the French Quarters in Pondicherry , a well planned, scenic, clean and green locality with fabulous coloured villas all around dominated by especially yellows and grays. We walked around the streets all named in French like Roman Rolland Rue , Suffren Rue etc. In our walking spree we came across colourful streets with flora all around, artsy cafes , ancient villas, south boulevard, Joan Arc Park etc.

We spotted this tiny board while walking away from the shore and decided to give it a Try.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

We had the chocolate au croissant, expresso, a French delicacy names Tigre, sugar roll, the Darjeeling masala tea, and a Flaky chocolate pastrie along with Chicken and Ham quiche.

Photo of Bussy Street, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Bussy Street, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Bussy Street, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Bussy Street, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

Approximate cost for two : Rs 700.

After the sumptuous breakfast, we begun to walk back and soak the fresh air and enchanting aura of white town. We spotted a few catchy villas and paintings along the street as we walked by.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

WHERE TO EAT :

Some of our friends suggested the Restaurant named Villa Shanti to us hence we decided to head there for Lunch. Villa Shanti offers both indoor and outdoor seating eight scenic beauty.

We tried the Masala Fried Fish Fillet, Lemon rice with Prawn meal , some French roast chicken and rice along with A few glasses of chilled Sangrias. Not forgetting to mention the mouth watering chocolate eclair with ice-cream.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

Cost for two : Approximately Rs 1500.

Post lunch we head back to our hotel, took a little nap and evening we hit the streets and begun exploring again.

This time we walked towards the old light house and as the say the best view comes after a difficult climb, the lighthouse offers an extravagant view of the shoreline.

Photo of Villa Shanti, Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

A view from the Lighthouse

Photo of Villa Shanti, Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Villa Shanti, Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

We walked pass the stunning government house and we couldn't stop admiring how Photogenic this place was.

Photo of Lighthouse, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rachael Pereira

We begun to walk towards station in search of some good street food, lost our way and ended up bang opposite this mesmerizing church " Basilica of Bon Jesu " I was awestruck by its architecture and oh how peaceful it was to just be there.

Photo of Government House, Intendance Street, Port Louis, Mauritius by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Government House, Intendance Street, Port Louis, Mauritius by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Government House, Intendance Street, Port Louis, Mauritius by Rachael Pereira

We wandered around a little more only to come across this super cool street food outlet named ' Mission BBQ ' , They BBQ chicken, prawns as well as red meat. If you're a kebab lover you have to spot this place around the streets of the Promenade and go try their delicious food.

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

Cost for two : Approximately Rs 250.

Day 5

We woke up early, had breakfast at our hotel and begun to head towards the airport, happy and content with our mini vacation.

Pondicherry has won my heart and I would love to go there again sometime later.

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

TIPS :

GETTING AROUND : One can easily rent self driven bicycles, scootys , bikes or cars.

Scooty costs Approximately Rs 250 per day while Cars cost Rs 600 to 800 per day.

Besides that public transport like buses, rickshaws and Olas are easily available.

SHOPPING :

Janaki : Sustainable shopping and eco friendly products, organic skin care are available here.

Location: Romain Rolland St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001 Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM

Serenity Beach Bazaar : One can shop for local garments, handicrafts, lanterns, incense etc here for reasonable prices

M.G Street : It has a carnival like atmosphere with more than 100 stalls.

Location : MG Street Trimmings : 5 am to 2 pm and 5pm to 9 pm.

To know more follow #Explorewithrach on instagram.

Streets of Pondicherry

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira

Rock beach

Photo of Love at First Sight : The French capital of India. #southindiaitinerary by Rachael Pereira
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