Pondicherry

There is a bit of French aura in India and it is called Pondicherry.

We had been planning for an all girls trip for a long time and turns out Pondicherry was the place we were meant to visit.

The last time I traveled on a flight was when I was like 6 so this was literally my first time on a flight.

Boarding Passes

Lucky to have window seats both times

Loved this expansive view of night lights

We reached Chennai, safe and sound into the hands of our master planner Niee and spent the night catching up, digging into jar truffles and raiding Niee’s wardrobe.

Next morning we took a bus to Pondi. The East Coast Road which links Chennai to Pondicherry is so beautiful 😍

If u can, have a road trip along this road. It takes like 3 n half hours to reach Pondicherry and if you have the time you can aaram se stop along this amazing road and take in the beautiful landscapes

After we had refreshed ourselves, we set out for brunch in White town.

At Cafe des Arts

The Brunch Spread

White town holds the French essence of Pondicherry. It is spaced out with colonial style buildings with vibrant colors.

The architecture of the churches is incredible.

Basilica of Sacred heart of Jesus

Eglis de Notre Dame des Agnes

Architecture inside

We also visited the Aurobindo Ashram.

Other places to visit in white town are

Immaculate conception cathedral

Sri Manakula Vinayagar temple

Botanical Gardens

Pondicherry Museum

Park Monument

Next we went to the Paradise beach. The water is soo bluee… It’s a refreshing feeling to just look at it.

Take a boat ride from Chunnambar Boat house to Paradise beach and enjoy these clear waters.

Shadow art 😁

In the evening, we did a bit of bar hopping

We checked out Icecubes and Crosskeys.

If you want a more relaxed night life experience, visit the Le Club garden restaurant or any open rooftop restaurant and don’t miss out on ordering the wine.

One of the best things to do in Pondi is to watch the sunrise. And what better place than the Promenade Beach.

Grab a coffee from Le Cafe and sit on the rocks to watch the sun rise up.

Later stroll along the Promenade and see the many statues here.

Mahatma Gandhi statue

French war memorial

Joan of Arc statue

Dupliex statue

Kargil war memorial

Old lighthouse

We also visited Coromandal Cafe.

Most of the cafes here are like eateries equipped with boutiques and books. It’s a break to recharge your batteries.

Stop along on Serenity beach on the way to Auroville

We visited Matrimandir to see the Golden Globe. It’s a meditating center and visitors are allowed to see it only from a view point.

Its a 2 km walk to the viewing point. Enjoy the relaxed walk or if you want rent a cycle along.

Auroville is an experimental town where people from all the world are allowed to live in harmony irrespective of religion and race.

A beautiful thought!! 😊

See the Auro beach too

We visited Bakers street to complete the French cuisine cravings and also to take some for home.

Evening we returned back our bikes and came back to Chennai. But we didn’t leave Chennai without tasting the spicy Chettinaad chicken 😋

Street graffiti

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​Z for Zest

Off lately, my interest in the things that interest me had dipped rather badly. I couldn’t find that eagerness I used to have earlier. 

When I started this 26 day Alphabet and  Feelings series, it was an attempt to put myself back on the blogosphere. And I want to say, I really enjoyed writing this series. A new alphabet each day – new feelings to ponder on – I have to sort of come to terms with what I feel.
 
And it would not have been possible, without the support of all you lovely readers who have liked my posts and left encouraging comments for me. Your reactions to my posts encouraged me to write further. 

So, Z is for the zest of all you readers. 

Thank you so much!! 🤗🤗 

What do u think about? 

I think. I think a lot. 

Like if I have to go into office today and face a scenario, I will think of all the best and worst possibilities that can occur. 

I also think a lot about the future. About what it may be like. A part of me wants to know what will happen and put my mind to rest. The other part wants to treat the uncertainty like a surprise. 

Whenever I read a book or watch something, I become involved with the characters. Their story becomes mine. Their happiness makes me happy, their pain brings tears to my eyes and their resentment feels me with desperation. 

I like to pretend these fiction worlds exist. A world where I could have superpowers perhaps or some supernatural strength. 

I used to people watch and assign them background stories. Sometimes when people react in a certain way, I think about what they must be thinking or feeling at that point. I know it’s none of my business but I can’t help feeling curious. 

My mind can’t stop whirring thoughts. If it really were an Inside Out movie in my mind, I can imagine shelves with thoughts mounting high like a cathedral of thoughts. 

Yes, I think. I think a lot.