A visit to the once french colony - Pondicherry
Pondicherry also known as Puduuchery - 'new town' in Tamil. One of the union territories of India located in sea shores of Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu. Formerly a French Colony, I was expecting a lot from the place when we planned to visit in August. It was good if not the best place I have ever visited so far.. It was my first visit to any of the Union territories of India.We were there for only one day. So we might have missed some places (in & around pondicherry). The review given here are based on my experience only.
Aurovilla, Mahe beach, French war Memorial (It is just a garden with one Statue), Museum near Arabindo Ashram, Nehru Road(It is like commercial street of Bangalore) are the only places we visited and that sums up most of the tourist places in Pondicherry I guess. However, what I liked the most was its well planned city architecture. We do get to see French style of architecture and probably that is what attracts the tourists.
Roads within Pondi, are great even the ones which connects Pondi from Tiruvanamalia. We started from Bangalore at around 11AM in the morning. The route is pretty confusing especially in Krishnagiri where we almost went towards Kanyakumari! Throughout the journey we hardly found any board written in English and none of knew Tamil, so it was bit difficult but then we somehow managed.We also come across no-man's land, a stretch that looks more like a going through forest and villages - which were nice.
Food & Hospitality:
People in Pondi were nice & friendly. Food was good as per south Indian standards. Especially the Sea food. It was fresh & delicious. So for that I will have to give a Thumbs up.
City & Cleanliness:
In some places it was very neat and clean. But then you know how some people are. Keeping a city/tourist spot clean is not only the responsibility of the Governing body but also the people who live there and who visit as tourists.
Petrol Price: Good! I mean, it is less compared to other cities. When we had gone there it was 10 Rupees less than Bangalore Prices.
Good place for one time visit...
Now I shall leave you all with some pictures we took.
|Clicked while we were on the way...|
|A statue of some goddess|
|Hotel Sabthagiri - where we stayed. It was not a 5 Star, but good choice for middle-class.|
|White lotus @auroville|
|Auroville plan - a miniature of Arial view.|
|The meditation center - Auroville Matri mandir|
|Local handicraft shop|
|One of the many statues in Town..|
|Sculptures in Museum near Arabindu ashram|
|Sculptures in Museum near Arabindu ashram -2|
|One of the many "French medal of honor" - in Museum near Arabindu ashram|
|Pondicherry beach / Mahe beach - It looks great @ night|
|Mahatma Gandhi Statue @ Pondicherry beach / Mahe beach|
|La Cafe @ the Pondicherry beach / Mahe beach - we get nice chocolate milkshake here|
|Pondicherry butterfly :P - Fortunate/ unexpected click @ la cafe|
|Main attraction of Pondicherry - Dawn @ bay of bengal - how butterscotchy :)|
|One more... Butterscotchy sun rise|
|Some french viceroy statue standing on the beach...|