We woke up a bit late in the morning, so we decided to go Rock Beach to see the sunrise rather going to Serenity Beach,which was around 8 km from the Hostel and we could have missed the sunrise.
And it proved out to be a good decision to go Rock Beach, as we saw few VIPs walking around the beach.
We enquired few locals about the best spot to witness the sunrise and we quickly grabbed a cup of ginger coffee and sat over a rock enjoying the cool soothing breeze and sound of waves.
Later in the morning, we first decided to visit the famous Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. It is situated in the White Town area near to the Aurobindo Ashram. This temple is dedicated to the lord Ganesha, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry. The temple is of considerable antiquity and predates French occupation of the territory. It is said that during the tenure of Dupleix, there were attempts to destroy the temple, but it was spared owing to strong protests from the Hindu population and the threat of British and Maratha invasion of the territory.
After staying there for an hour and eating the Prasadam we came out and spotted "Lakshmi" the elephant who had just returned from the elephant camp standing at the entrance of temple and offering her blessings to all the devotees. It was so delightful to watch her.
After the visit of temple we quickly had our breakfast in the famous "Indian Coffee House" located in JN street. This place was perfect for the breakfast because of the ambience. one could see group of all age group sitting and indulge in a deep conversation,, laughter. It was something we didn't get to see in our hectic life's.
Later we headed towards The Sacred Heart Basilica church. And it was an another architectural marvel. It is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church.
It is situated opposite to the Pondicherry railway station.
After the visit to church we roamed in the markets of Pondicherry and then went to the Aurobindo Ashram. It is a spiritual community. The ashram grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910.
The ashram has tree-shaded courtyard, at the centre of which lies the flower-covered “Samadhi” of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother(Mira Alfassa), around which people sits and meditate. The ashram also has a Library where many books related to Aurobindo ideologies are displayed and put up for sale in different languages.
After spending some peaceful minutes in ashram we went to Pondicherry Museum which was located opposite to the Raj Bhavan in the White Town. The museum displayed artifacts of French era, weapons, coins, potteries, statues found during excavations, vehicles, would and stones of different regions etc. The museum had an small art gallery too which was really good.
By the time we came out of Museum, we had a glance at the Rajya Bhavan and a quick walk to Bharati Park.
the heat was on its peak. We quickly had our lunch at one of the local restaurant and headed back to hostel, as the heat was unbearable.
Later in the evening we had to go for Vintage Car display, at Rock Beach. We came to know about this on a pamphlet sticked on the wall of one random shop.
We waited for the time, and then rushed to see the Display. It was indeed a good show, but the people were really irritating. The crowd grew more and more and people seemed to click picture with each and every car that was put in the display.
Apart from that it was really a good show, we got to see many vintage cars of Ford, Mercedes, HM, Volkswagen, Jaguar etc.
It was exciting for me as it was the first time I was seeing any vintage car.
It was already 6:30 pm when the show got over and at this time except beaches all other places would have got closed. So we decided to spend few hours at Le Cafe and chill.
Everything was going perfect until we returned to our Bike and found that it got towed. We headed towards the Traffic Police Station to get our bike and found it was not there. upon enquiry we were told to find our bike of our own in that area and get back to them to pay fine. We searched for our bikes for 2.30 hours but we were not able to find. Later we asked one policeman to help us and after waiting for another hour we got our bike with the help of that Policeman.
We were completely exhausted by that time and decided to go back to hostel. We came back to hostel and grabbed few bottles of beer and relaxed for rest of the night.
P.s. Don't forget to park your bike in designated parking area.