Around 155 kilometres to the south of Chennai is the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It was a French colonial settlement until 1954 and today it holds the charm of its French heritage and the beauty of the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Get bowled over by this quaint territory and spend many interesting days as there are plenty of fun things to indulge in, in Pondicherry.
Pondicherry is a walker’s paradise. With its streets lined with trees swaying in the sea breeze, the cobbled pavements, pockets of mustard coloured colonial villas and stylish boutiques, you can cover the city on feet and not feel tired. Another lovely place to enjoy a breezy and scenic walk is on the seaside promenade with several statues exhibited along with a Gandhi Memorial.
Enjoy riding the waves of the Bay of Bengal on a surfing board at Pondicherry. Surfing lessons are also given at the Serenity Beach around ten kilometres form the city centre by an accomplished surfing school.
Pondicherry boasts of some of the best yoga schools in India. You can enrol for a day course or a yoga retreat run by renowned yoga experts. Practice yoga and meditate on some of the solitary beaches and lose yourself in spiritual bliss.
With the famous Sita Cultural Centre in Pondicherry, you can try a spot of cooking. The courses target foodies and if you are one, turn an expert at whipping up some south Indian dishes and basic French cuisine. Surprise your folks back home with your local and international culinary skills.
There are plenty of shops with a variety of commodities that make shopping a thrilling experience in Pondicherry. Handmade crafts like trinkets and candles and other souvenirs like lampshades and paintings sell like hot cakes.
A visit to Pondicherry is incomplete without a visit to Auroville, its neighbour. To make your trip noteworthy volunteer at this place and involve in some of their activities like healthcare, child development and organic farming.
Pondicherry offers you fun and enjoyment on a French platter.