How often we struggle to maintain a work-life balance and yet life goes off the balance now and then. Sometimes we just need to sit down and figure things out and it must be a place filled with chaos yet let us rectify ourselves. When we set out to travel for some famous place we are always running on a tight schedule, multiple places to visit, a thousand photos to click, a variety of food to taste, and instead of destressing we are more stressed. On a vacation we feel like wanting another vacation, we wish only if we have more time to explore the place with a little more peace of mind. Sometimes we want to be a wanderer and not a tourist. We want to roam around and learn about ourselves without much constraint on our minds. Pondicherry is the place to detox and recharge our life. Finding peace in Pondicherry is not at all difficult
Pondicherry is a place to wander around without missing out on so much. It has historic monuments as well as beaches to be around. Pondicherry offers us a fun time we crave while we are on a vacation. It takes around 3 hours to reach Pondicherry by Car or Bus from Chennai.
To reach Pondicherry, opting for the flight will save us some time, and opting for a Train will consume more time than Bus and Car. Bike trip to this place can be a little tiresome and it rains very often but the experience of Bike trips is marvelous.
The road trip let us cherish the small towns and salt harvesting procedures on the far ends of the beaches. Traveling through a jungle to reach the beach is wonderous. White, blue, and grey combination makes us fall in love with the creativity of nature all over again. It creates a symphony we watch the ocean and lose the worries as we travel to touch the saltwater.
Choosing a Crash Pad
Pondicherry is a small town surrounded by Beaches. There are innumerable homestays and hotels available to make the stay comfortable. If you want an equal distance from the markets, museums, and beaches, pick a place in the main market or French Colony. This way it would be easier to roam around while shopping in the local market without much of a worry to get back in time to your nest at the end of the day.
Booking a place with beach access will lighten up your days and nights. There is nothing like to wake up to an ocean and spending a night on the beach.
Places to visit and Planning
1. Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram
Set out for Auroville, Matrimandir, and Aurobindo Ashram early in the morning. This place is around 8km away from Pondicherry city. Visiting hours for Matrimandir is 9 Am to 5 pm. If you want to meditate and spend some time with yourself, this is the place to be. There are multiple activities and workshops organized for better experiences. You need to get a pass to visit the inside of the Matrimandir and to spend time in solace. Entry passes you can get only after reaching there. The viewpoint of the Matrimandir is in a garden outside. The garden is forest-like and peaceful.
The Auro beach is less busy and cleaner than other beaches around. There are plenty of local Food joints, bakeries and cafes are available to titillate your Taste buds.
2. French Colony and Rock Beach
After lunch you can set out for the French Colony, this place is good for Photography with colorful buildings and excellent wall arts. Rent a cycle or bike and check out the beautiful cafés, freshly baked cakes, and bread. There are a church and Ashram nearby in the streets you can pay a visit. The Rock Beach, Gandhi Square, the old Lighthouse, and Pondicherry Port are the main places to have fun and good photos.
Le café on the beach and #Dilliwaala6 restaurant have amazing food and a relaxing environment to offer after traveling the whole day.
Street markets are flowing with Antiques, leather purse, fancy handmade jewelry, fairy lights, dreamcatchers, and Seashell décor items. The time spent for shopping in these streets while sipping filter coffee from locals is a therapy. The streets of Pondicherry are safe. Be it before sunrise or after sunset.
3.Paradise Beach and Ocean Activities
Sunrise on a beach is mandatory. Walking in the empty streets of Pondicherry early in the morning is ravishing. The morning was spent on a serene beach while watching Parade of scouts, Morning walks, Yoga Poses while having fresh coffee and breakfast at the beach cafés. You can collect seashells from the shores while watching crabs playing hide and seek.
Paradise beach is around 12 Km from the Pondicherry Bus stand. You can take a bus, Auto, Taxi as per your preference. After reaching to the boathouse, you can take a boat ride to Paradise Beach as it is an Island Beach.
A bunch of fun activities lined up ahead such as Water Snorkelling and Scuba Diving. There are rooms available for a change of clothes before and after bathing in the sea. It is advisable to keep a pair of beach clothes and footwear with you while visiting the sea.
There stalls and vendors outside the boathouse offering fresh seafood and other food items you can relish.
Pro Tips while visiting Pondicherry
- It’s a peaceful city amidst of chaos of the sea. It rains very often yet humidity is abundant. Keep the pocket deo and Sunscreen with you all the time.
- The saltwater and sand may cause rashes and itchiness hence wash and change the clothes after playing on the beach.
- Apply sunscreen and moisturizing cream frequently to avoid sunburn and Tan.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water and juice.
- Charge the cell phones and Camera batteries so you can enjoy without worrying about missing out on beautiful moments.
- Avoid wearing shoes/sandals or fancy footwear on a beach. Wear casual footwear while on the beach to have a good time.
Places to explore around Pondicherry
Mahabalipuram is the closest place to Pondicherry. The ancient temples near a beautiful beach and Seashell Museum are good places to pop in.