Pondicherry is a small beach town located in Tamil Nadu, India. It’s a 4 hours journey from Chennai by road and an overnight train journey from Bangalore.
Pondicherry was under the French rule till 1954. This tiny hamlet is famous for the culture and architecture the French left behind as well as beautiful, untouched beaches. It is also famous for Auroville, which is the township set up by Shri Aurobindo. A town set up for all men and women from across the globe to live together in peace and harmony.
Once a quieter town, tourists throng Pondicherry these days for its pristine beaches and fun water activities. Best time to visit Pondicherry is between December & February. If possible, visit the town during the week. Weekends see a huge tourist footfall. Pro tip: rent a scooter the second you get there. It’s the best way to travel around. I’d suggest an itinerary but I spent most of my time in Pondicherry just walking around, eating and generally chilling.
Here’s my photo diary:
Promenade along Rock Beach:
Churches of Pondicherry
White Town (French colony):
Auroville, Serenity & Paradise Beaches
Tamil Parts of Pondicherry
Where we stayed:
This was my first time living in a hostel in India. I had planned to book a picturesque Airbnb (there are many) but since my plan was not 100% final, I booked the hostel as a backup. We ended up being too lazy to book another accomodation. I really liked the hostel, it’s location and it’s general vibe.
Hope you enjoyed seeing Pondicherry through my lens. Once the world goes back to normal, definitely visit this beautiful town to chill peacefully at the beach. Are you a beach person or a mountain person?