Saturday, October 4, 2014

Trip to Pondicherry - The "Mini-France" of India

Pondicherry (also called as Puducherry) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. I had been longing to visit Pondicherry again for quite a long time (No.. No.. that’s not the reason, I am non-alcoholic:) ) ; I had already been there in early 2005, but was a bachelor then- came with friends. Now the experience of staying with family is totally different and awesome.

Loved this long week-end, Gandhi Jayanthi followed by Pooja holidays enabled us to plan a good three day trip to the East Coast  - Pondicherry & Cuddalore. Did not get much time for planning and preparation, but was lucky enough to get the train/bus tickets and hotel bookings, in a short duration.

We started from Bangalore on the night of 30th Sep. I never imagined that there’s a train from Bangalore to Pondicherry, that too with perfect timing. It was Dadar-Pondicherry Express, left Bangalore at 11PM and reaches Pondicherry on the next day morning at 7.40AM, on-time.

Here you go, below was our travel itinerary – 2 days full days  at Pondicherry and the last day at/around Cuddalore in Tamilnadu.

Day-1
The Botanical Garden
Promenade
French War Memorial
Old Light House
Bharati Park & Aayi Mandapam
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Museum
Chunnambar Boat House & The Paradise Beach
Moonwalk at the Promenade

Day-2
Auro Beach
Auroville & Matri Mandir
French Colony
Shopping at Pondicherry
Would like to write about each of the above attractions , food and on travelling experience in separate posts. Hope you’ll enjoy the series of posts TRAVELOGUE-PONDICHERRY

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9 Comments to "Trip to Pondicherry - The "Mini-France" of India"

dimpy roy said...

Lovely post. The history of this charming destination, Pondicherry can be traced back right to the times of the Romans and Saint Agathya. Check out 142 best places to visit in Pondicherry.

Aswathi Cedar said...



Hi,
Thanks for sharing this information.Quiet useful and will be a guideline for those who are going for first time.I had been there last year.There a lot to see and had best part is seaside guest house to stay.

Pon Ganesh said...

Thanks dimpy. Yep, the small town has a very interesting history to trace on. Thanks for drooping by.

Pon Ganesh said...

Hi Aswathi, Thanks for visiting my page.

Hari kumar said...

I read your blog this is very interesting and useful blog. Thank you for sharing. see more places at Places to visit in Pondicherry

Me said...

Great guide if one is in Pondicherry for a few days only! :) Would also add tasting Creole cuisine, checking out some of the cafes such as La Maison, especially once the sun has gone down.

Myoki
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Debosmita Roy said...

Thank you for the descriptive blog on Pondicherry with wonderful photos. As we know it is a Union Territory in southern India. The history of the City of Pondicherry is recorded only after the arrival of Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists. There exists many places to visit in Pondicherry which still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. Pondicherry is surely one of the choicest holiday destinations in South India.

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