Pondicherry with Mahabalipuram
Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, making it a delightful escape that offers the best of both worlds. The streets of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, more commonly known as White Town, are dotted with charming mustard-yellow colonial structures with bougainvillea-laden walls. These are interspersed with cosy cafes and chic boutiques that offer delectable French cuisine and beverages. Simply strolling down these streets can give the traveller an insight into the fairy-tale charm of Pondicherry.
Topped with authentic French bakeries, bohemian stores and cobble-stoned paths that are delightful for a leisurely stroll or bicycle ride, Pondicherry has a lot to offer. So head on down to this dream town of the Indian Coast to visit the famous Auroville or just read a book in one of the quaint cafes.
Introduction: About the place
Puducherry, being the capital of the Union Territory of Puducherry, comprises of four coastal regions, namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam. The most prominent spoken language is Tamil, though Telugu, Malayalam, English, and French are spoken by an appreciable number of people. Also, the majority of the population is Hindu with a considerable number of Christians and Muslims. Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists are comparatively fewer in number. Puducherry, as acknowledged by visitors, has a distinct spiritual vibration. Stories of resident sages have filtered down throughout its history from the earliest of days. The vibe is a blend of spiritual aura, colonial heritage, Tamil culture, and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied town. This inherent ambience of Pondy becomes most evident in the oldest parts of the town which flank the seashore boulevard. Our competitively priced trip packages to Pondicherry ensure that you can enjoy this very vibe that the city offers. The colonial buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century, stretch along a grid of clean straight streets which house the French institutions, Restaurants, Boutiques, Hotels, Guest Houses, private homes, and also include the sprawling premises of the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Visitors here are greeted by mellow hues of cream, yellow, pink and grey compound walls which are interspersed by flamboyant bougainvillea bursting over gates and walls of courtyards. Our Pondicherry sightseeing packages give you a fair idea of how the city flaunts its ambience.
Experience: Culture/Why Visit
Have you ever experienced a place that takes you centuries back in time? With the French legacy preserved in the city’s French Quarter and streets that line with trees and colonial villas, Pondy is a romantic yet mirthful getaway. Explore one of our Pondicherry honeymoon packages to make the most of what the city has to offer. Puducherry is a city with a dual personality that encourages you to believe that you are in a different land altogether. It is one of the warmest and most welcoming places in the whole of India. Even the nickname “Pondy” signifies the feeling of belonging, a feeling that most associate with when they go home.
Things to do
There is a long list of things you can do in Pondicherry. Few of the places you must visit are:
The beaches of Pondicherry add grandeur to the city. While the early morning serenity takes your breath away; the radiance of glimmering streets with fun, food, and frolic in the evening will hypnotize you with its charm. Unlike all the other beaches in India, beaches at Pondy are pretty clean and well kept.
2. Aurobindo Ashram
Are you in a quest to find peace and tranquillity? If yes, you must head to the ashram for the spiritual experience of a lifetime. There are a number of guesthouses that are run by the ashram. However, as they are primarily for the guests of the ashram, it might be difficult to find accommodation there without any prior notice.
The cuisine found in Pondy is a perfect blend of cultures. Thanks to the city’s chequered history, you can find a bustling culinary scene here with restaurants serving fare from around the world. Along with traditional south Indian delicacies and mouth-watering seafood, you could also experiment with your palate with authentic French cuisine and drool over the numerous bakeries.
Pondicherry has been home to several churches. The structure and architecture of the churches in Pondy give them a definite French feel. Situated on the south boulevard, The Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture built in the year 1895. Try to attend a Christian wedding here; you’ll thank us later.
5. Old Lighthouse
One of the most famous landmarks in Pondy is the Old Lighthouse that was constructed in 1836. Though not operational today, it still remains a very interesting tourist attraction.
6. Water Sports
If you are into water sports, you are going to love it here! Activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking can all be experienced in Pondicherry.