Pondicherry – a land of beaches, super friendly people and exquisite food.
If you are following me on my social media (Instagram – Meraki Mansi), you must be knowing about my recent trip to Pondicherry. This trip was long due. Two of my friends and I started this trip from Chennai. Pondicherry is 3 hours by road from Chennai. Our trip was 3 days and 2 nights long.
After reaching Pondicherry,we rented 2 two-wheelers and set out to explore the city. On the first day we stayed at the Accord Hotel, which is located in the town side area. This area lacked the Pondy feeling. But as we rode for 5-6 kms, we could feel the vibes of Pondicherry. We had late lunch at Villa Shanti and Gelato Factory.
From there we went to Serenity Beach. Indeed, it was more than serene. We could see the clear sky, and the pathway made from rocks and blue water. It was a feeling of completeness. Nothing else was needed. We spent the whole evening there experiencing the serenity and peace. After resting in our room for a while, we headed for dinner at Rendezvous Cafe and Restaurant.
We started our day with packing as we had to shift to Shenbaga Hotel, which is near the White Town. We kept scooting around the white town, stopped near pretty colorful walls and got ourselves clicked. We were unstoppable. We visited Aurobindo Ashram and Promenade Beach.
After spending around an hour at the beach, we headed to Cafe Des Arts. We had some sumptuous French food there and after satiating our hunger it was time for innumerable photos to be clicked. Being in this cafe it felt as if we are not in India. This cafe is a must visit place in Pondicherry.
We went to the Sunday market and shopped a little. The market was crowded and we could spot a few fellow travelers as Pondicherry is not a very big city. Just after that we headed to our hotel for a swim in almost an Infinity pool. Since it was our last night in Pondy, we decided to go to Bay of Buddha, Restaurant by The Promenade Hotel. It was a great choice as the restaurant was rooftop and the best part was that we could see the sea waves. After spending around 2 hours eating, we decided to go to the beach at night.
Since it was our last day, we packed our bags and left for Auroville , which is 13 kms from the city. It is also called “City of Dawn”. It is very calm and peaceful and it is not a place to visit but a place to “stay and explore”. It is a place of organic food where you can cherish your spirit and live a little.
On the way back we had lunch at a restaurant called Tantos. We had the yummiest Pizza, Pasta and Gelato there.
The remaining time was spent in exploring the place, roaming around and driving in the city.
Have a happy weekend.