This time I decided to welcome the New Year doing what I love most, travel to one city which has been on my bucket list since a long time- Pondicherry. A quaint little charming city situated 160kms from Chennai on south-east coast of India.
The best part of the city is White Town which lies along the famous Promenade Beach and was named as this part of city was reserved for the white French population. It takes you back in time with its beautiful streets, colourful houses with ougainvilleas hanging around the huge compound walls, french cafes and travellers cycling down the roads. Walking around White Town and exploring this food haven was what I enjoyed most during my stay here.
The Promenade is frequented by locals and tourists alike and you will find it bustling with people enjoying their evening strolls along the coast. Sitting on the rocks and gazing at the soft crashes of the waves will silence all the chaotic noises of the background. You can also sit in the beautiful courtyard cafe of the famous Promenade Hotel and enjoy the view along with good food
Pondicherry is incomplete without paying a visit to Auroville- its an experimental township where people from all over the world can come and live here. It is situated on the outskirts of the main city and you can spend half a day here visiting the Matrimandir and exploring this unique & peaceful small township. There are a lot of shops selling local made soaps, postcards, incense sticks, cheese and organic tea- it is how the Aurovillians sustain their livelihood.