Lies near the southernmost tip of India is the union territory of Pondicherry. I travelled there as a part of my college education trip a year back. Well, i can't say about the education part, it surely turned out in to a fun and booze filled leisure beach trip. Never travelled to the south region of the country before, the trip to Pondicherry holds a great importance to me. It all started with a train journey to Chennai from New Delhi which was followed by a road trip to the city of Pondi, nearly 200 kms away from the capital of Tamil Nadu. Reached there at dusk time, checked in to a three star hotel which was already booked for us. Crashed in to my bed as the fun was going to start the next day tomorrow. the very first day we went to a kind of education cum spiritual trip to the place of Auroville. At first, it all looked boring to me, but later it turned out quite well. The Mantrimandir, kind of an astronomical structure was a fascinating thing to watch.After Auroville, it was time to head to a nice beach to enjoy the evening. It did not take a moment for us to realize that he best way to explore the city is on a rented bike.
So there i was, cruising on my bike with my friends towards the Sandy beach which was the first pit stop for us to spend our evening. By the time we reached there it was quite deserted, making the venue more private for us. Another famous beach, the Rocky beach or the Pondy beach turned out to be our favourite hangout point for the next couple of days when we were in the city. After strolling through a couple of more beaches and not to forget the mangrove forests in and around the territory of Pondichery, it was the French settlements that got our attention. The French colonies and museums were a delight to explore.
The last days of my trip was spent in exploring the rock cut south Indian temples of Pondicherry. We took a half day detour to the city of Mahabalipuram before making the return trip to Delhi via Chennai.