Wherever you go, go with your full heart.
After few trips with backpacking groups I decided to go solo for the first time. Pondicherry was always on my bucket list. From Chennai it's 150 km, a drive of around 3 hrs. The coast line, serenic beauty, breezy and shady road and the salt pans are awesome. Just a tip to save few bucks, in case you are self driving refill your car petrol at pondicherry instead of Chennai as the place being union territory petrol is cheap as compared to Chennai City.
After reaching pondicherry, I had authentic south Indian breakfast of pongal, medu wada sambar and coffee, kapi to be more precise at A2B a food chain restaurant that can be found in most parts of Tamil Nadu. The first place I decided to go was auroville. The dome at the centre is called matri mandir where prior appointment is required to enter the place else one can only have a look at the outer view of this place. This place also sells many organic products like soap, shampoo made of flowers. After auroville our next destination was annai samadhi. This place is very quiet and decorated with natural flowers. Not to miss the botanical garden here in case you are plant lover. The trip is not complete if you miss the sunset. I decided to move on to Gandhi statue at pondy beach. On the way towards beach there are street hawkers where one can do street shopping.
Also there are some temples with south Indian architecture which can be covered. Here I refer to gopuram, a tall structure at the entrance of the temple.