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.
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
We also visited the Aurobindo Ashram.
Other places to visit in white town are
Immaculate conception cathedral
Sri Manakula Vinayagar temple
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
Kargil war memorial
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 😋