They say when you travel, a place chooses you and holds you there, creating a feeling that you are home. And you would come back to it whenever you could, wherever you are..and enough would never be enough. That is what Pondicherry is to me.
The first time i went to pondy, i fell in love with that small cute town, and i ve never been able to get enough of that place ever since. It has a serenity and an alluring magic to it, that will slowly grow on you and capture your heart. Opposed to popular word that pondy is a place where people go just to get drunk and chill, it is a place which offers more than just cheap liquor and fancy wines. Its not a party place like most of the beach places in India. It is a place where you get to soak in the culture, the warmth of the diversity, get a taste of the french food, experience the integrity of the tamils and french, their harmony of cultures and spirituality. All you need is to rent a bicycle or a bike to go around..no place is too far to walk too. The french quarters is very quaint and has more to offer than you think. The beaches and auroville are the usual attractions people would direct you to, but the thing with pondy is to explore and get to know her better. You get the best coffee @KBS coffee stall located in a small lane next to the secretariat. The chocolate and cream pastry in Bon bakes near Jawaharlal Nehru street is to die for. The simple breakfasts you could get anywhere in any small place would stay in your heart for a long time and will be very light on your pocket. Shopping is another joy, where you could buy street ware and bargain as much as you could..sometimes you dont have the heart to bargain too :) I have been backpacking to pondy for years now and every time i visit, i discover new things, new places and each time feels like the first. There are lot of home stays where you could stay in comfortable budgets. Its a safe place for lone travelers, specially girls. The ashram in the french quarters is something which will give you peace at heart if you just be there. The people in the town are used to living a simple life, so the whole town shuts down around 10 in the night. There is just one club ( a very small one ) called the Asian place, where the music is good and the food is decent. Top knotch is a good liquor shoppe located right next to the Asian house, where you have good options to buy liquor. Night walks at the promenade could be relaxing. Before you plan a trip go through this link to know a little about pondicherry- http://www.toutpondi.com/
Come with no expectations to Pondicherry..i am sure you ll fall in love with her like me..i bet you ll want to visit her again even before you leave :)