We took the 6:20 am Indigo flight from Mumbai and landed Chennai at 8:15 am.
After a bit of running around and language problems, a nice officer guided us how to reach Puducherry. We took a local train which was 5 mins away from the airport and got down at Perungalalattur Station. The train journey was about 15 mins and the ticket cost was about Rs 10.
To reach the bus station, you need to cross the main highway and walk for another 5 mins.
There are local buses for Puducherry every 10 mins with the ticket priced at Rs 83, but be prepared for the scorching heat and not so comfortable seats. The journey was around 3 hours and dropped us at the main bus station (final stop) of Puducherry.
We were lucky that the guest house which we booked warned us about the high rickshaw prices.
We bargained and found a rickshaw guy to take us the Aadhaar Guesthouse, only to realise he took us to the wrong place. Conveniently blaming us for not being clear as to where we want to go. Thank God for Maps, we guided him to Aadhaar and reached in 15 mins but paid 150 which was more than necessary.
Aadhaar Guesthouse is a very cute place located in Netaji Nagar 1. The place is hidden in a quiet area and is perfect for a peaceful stay. The only problem we faced was not having food or drinks available. The guesthouse doesn't have a restaurant, while it does have a basic kitchen where you can cook for yourself.
But the best part and our favorite spot was the Terrace. A cute place with 4 tables, a hammock and an amazing view.
After an entire morning of travelling, we rested for sometime and then headed to find a nice place for dinner.
Just to give you a heads up, places in Pondy shut by 10:30-11 so always stock up on the necessities and food.
We landed at the very famous Le Dupleix Restaurant where we enjoyed some amazing basa and grilled chicken. The host Adam was kind enough to give us helpful tips about Pondy.
Fortunately, being a Friday night we got to enjoy the rare nightlife of Pondy. We found our way to a lounge called Umami (Adam's recommendation). A decent place with good music and friendly people.