The best starting point to reach Pondicherry is Chennai. The entire road trip on the ECR(East Coast road) is a beautiful experience. The ECR has lots to offer while you are driving towards Pondicherry. Along the ECR you find Amusement parks, Resorts, Lakes, Beaches, Farms and what not. Pondicherry was an unforgettable experience and so was the drive on ECR. You also cross the holy town of Mahabalipuram also called Mahamallapuram. It is one of the prominent heritage sites of India. The stay in Auro Ba cottages, The sight seeing of artisans crafting the beautiful ornmanets, The sunset at the paradise beach, the silence at the Matri Mandir, The adventure of water sports and forest walkways in Auroville town. The dining on the promenade, the lunch at the special Surguru hotel and the shopping on the street. Pondy was great to me!!!