Have a long weekend coming up? Or are you just seeking a change from the daily mundane routine? A weekend escapade to of Pondicherry can do the needful. An old world French town juxtaposed with the quirks of modern civilization, the sea-town of Pondicherry is quiet and quaint. If you are visiting for the first time, you will instantly fall in love with this charming little place with elements of its colonial heritage, standing amidst trend-setting structures. A quick getaway to Pondicherry can leave you revived and rejuvenated with the sun, sand and the serene sea.
Pondicherry is strategically located on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, which makes it easily accessible from Chennai. You can also drive down from Bangalore by renting a chauffeur-driven car with Savaari Car Rentals. If you are traveling from, it would take about 3.5 hours via the East Coast Road.
Things you can do in Pondicherry over a weekend
Whether you want to just relax and unwind, or hit the party trail and groove to the trending beats, Pondy, as the hipsters call it, has something for everyone.
Explore the Serenity Beach
Aptly named, this tranquil beach is just about right for a quiet afternoon or evening. If you are a surfer, then you would love to glide across the wild waves. Even if you are not a pro, then trying your hands at surfing can indeed be a fun thing. If all fails, you can simply sit and watch as surfers catch the wind and tame the waves on their boards.
Go for SCUBA diving
Pondicherry is the only place on the Eastern Coast that offers SCUBA diving options. The guided Scuba sessions take you through the coral reefs and the underwater world- an experience of a lifetime.
Boat ride to Paradise Beach Island
You can rent a boat from the Chunnambar Boat House and head to the Paradise Beach Island or the Plage Paradiso. As you sail on the crystal waves, get mesmerized by the backdrop of lush green plantations on one side and the endless sea on the other.
Take a bicycle ride
If you want to roam aimlessly, without an agenda, then a take ais short enough for you to have an entire day to yourself to relax. For a little luxurious treat to yourself, opt for a ride on a traditional sailboat or a fancy yacht. Fitted with all comforts and luxury amenities, these yacht rides are pure indulgences on the sea.
Seek spiritual peace at Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Align with your inner self at the most sought-after the spiritual center of the country. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a place which defines an alternative side to the old town. Inviting seekers from all around the world, this asylum is a place of discovery and divinity.
The town is home to hundreds of cottage industries from hand-made soaps, aromatic candles, paper products, incense and essential oils. Take your pick from organic and herbal products, souvenirs and artifacts. But the most off-beat place to go is the Cluny Embroidery Center, provided you have a taste for hand-embroidered cloths. An 18th-century mansion houses women, delved skilfully at needlework, while the tunes of classic songs fill the air. You can pick up draperies and linens.