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Sancheeta Mazumdar5.0/5

2 reviews

Worth a visit

In November, I got the opportunity to travel to one of the most prominent tourist destinations in South India - Pondicherry. The place offers some incredible glimpses into French colonial architecture, pristine blue beaches, enticing food along with the vibe of meditation and spirituality in the air. My travel was made all the more wonderful, as my new #Nokia8 allowed me to #UniteFor #Bothie with all the showstoppers of Pondi that are worth being visited by every traveller at least once. Starting from the inspiring Crocodile Bank, majestic Auroville Ashram, gorgeous and serene beaches, out of the world experience through Scuba-dive and the uber urban architecture - I got to see it all. It will remain memorable and worth cherishing for the longest time!

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Antara Kundu5.0/5

1 review

Road trip with family - Bangalore to Pondicherry

We traveled to Pondicherry from Bangalore on Oct 14, 2017 (Sat) by our four-year old Hyundai i10 (Sportz). We opted for the shortest route (320 km) during the onward journey and the route (377 km) during our return on Oct 17, 2017 (Tue).

The onward journey, in spite of a short stretch of bad road near Thiruvannamalai, took us 7. 5 hours, and this span is inclusive of the 1. 5 hours we spent for freshening up and breakfast at Hotel Saravana Bhavan Classic near Krishnagiri. We started at 6:30 am in the morning and checked in at our precooked hotel at 2 pm. In contrast, the return journey took 9. 5 hours (including a 1 hour break for lunch at Aryaas) in spite of the excellent road condition. We started at 11 am and reached our home at Bannerghatta Road at around 8:30 PM. Understandably, a considerable amount of time was wasted in the city traffic after entering Bangalore.

I would personally recommend the shortest route for the journey as I found the small stretch for bad road quite tolerable.

Read more about our onward trip to Pondicherry at. More stories describing our stay and dining experiences at Pondicherry will follow up.

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History of Pondicherry

Pondicherry or Puducherry, the capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, is located along the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. Pondicherry is also the largest coastal enclave in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, the others being Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Pondicherry is situated in Tamil Nadu at a distance of about 160 km to the south of Chennai. According to mythology, Pondicherry was known by the name Vedapuri. This place is also believed to be the abode of the revered sage, Saint Agasthya. Pondicherry later came under the rule of various dynasties like the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Pandyas. As per 'Periplus of the Erythraean Sea', Pondicherry had trade relations with Rome during 1st century AD. Roman pottery excavated from Arikamedu near Pondicherry, which dates back to the first half of 1st century AD, also points to this fact. The unique location of Pondicherry captured the attention of Portuguese, the Dutch, the Danes, the English and the French. Pondicherry came under the rule of the French in 1673 and since then it became the site for the battle between the British and the French. Pondicherry remained as the capital of French India for about 300 years, before it attained its independence in 1954. It was in 2006 that the name Pondicherry was changed to Puducherry, which means 'New Village' in Tamil language. Tamil, English, French and Hindi are the languages used in Pondicherry.

People and Culture of Pondicherry

The heritage city of Pondicherry, which is a living monument of the French culture, is a conglomerate of different cultural influences. The French part of Pondicherry still exhibits the streetscapes and the architectural style of the colonial era and the Tamil part is typical of the Tamil architectural style. Bordered by Bay of Bengal on the East and South Arcot District of Tamilnadu on the other sides, Pondicherry is a popular destination of tourists in the South. The coastal city of Pondicherry is famous for its serene beaches. Hotel de Ville, French War Memorial, Puducherry Museum, Aayi Mandapam, Auroville Ashram, Shri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade, Chunnambar Resort, Old Lighthouse, Romaine Rolland Library, etc. are some of the major tourist attractions in Pondicherry.

Things To Do in Pondicherry

The vicinity of Pondicherry to the temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage town of Mamallapuram and the hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal has made it popular among wayfarers. Pondicherry, fondly called as 'Pondy', is a haven for foodies and shopaholics as well. Travellers to Pondicherry can buy anything that range from textiles to traditional dolls to aromatics. Renowned for palm-fringed beaches, scenic fishing villages, serene backwaters and French boulevard towns, Pondicherry is also a famous stage where several art festivals and cultural programs are conducted every year.

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