Pondicherry - A French Colony

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Karthik Chillara

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"Pondicherry - A French Colony"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2012
Its an excellent place to spend a weekend peacefully. but the best time to visit Pondi would be during october to January. It would be very difficult to bear the heat during summer.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is traditional south indian style and its great. Also there are places where you can find french food which is delicious. there are only few places in pondicherry for sight-seeing like the rock beach, Auroville and Auro beach. pichavaram is a place about 65 km from pondi which is worth visiting, here we can have a 3 hour boat ride in the backwaters of sea through the mangrove forest which is beleived to be the second largest in the world. even chidambaram is good place to visit as it has a huge temple. Shopping in pondicherry wasn't special but the leather sandals and shoes were of great quality.

Activities & things to do: The best thing to do in Pondi is to spend most of the time in the beach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: While travelling in Pondicherry the only thing you shud avoid is to get into RTC buses, because those buses are very old and the while heavy tamil music will be played.
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Ks Balachandra

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"Destination for Good relaxation"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2012
The place is a good place to visit, relax and meditate. Stroll on beach road, walk in Ashram area, try to visit and meditate in Matri Mandir at Auroville.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is a good beach road, nice sorroundings. Auroville is a nice place.

Activities & things to do: You can stroll on the beach, visit Auroville. Try to take part in meditation in Asram and in Matri Mandir at Auroville. But you should plan for it in advance and book if possible.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Good connection by road - Buses from Bangalore, both KSRTC and Private are available in plenty. Try to stay near beach area. The hotels in old town area have a lousy sorroundings.
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Praveen Kumar

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Its Amazing !!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2012
Pondichery is one of the most Amazing place i have ever visited. it consists of different cultures and different communities including foreign culture there. we can find many foreign people there rather than Indians. and i surprised when i asked fro some address to a foreign guy - he took me to that place and he told much info about the place and other things in a respectful manner. also there are lots of things to enjoy in Pondichery.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: FOOD - I had Non-Veg in many hotels.. but not satisfied. but you can get fresh Veg food at Auro-ville.
Auro ville is the must see sight view there.

Activities & things to do: Good.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Good.
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Anagha Ramesh

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"Serenity and Peaceful Pondicherry"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2012
Pondicherry is the place to go to...Serenity, Peace and beauty personified.Its a perfect family vacation.
Since people belonging to different cultures are found there its a perfect way to get to know different cultures.The natural beauty mesmerizes and influences the visitors.Even the people or the residents there are very friendly and they maintain the decorum of the place.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: FOOD:The restaurants opposite the beech have amazing food.
Le cafe can be a perfect destination to grab amazing food and fill your stomachs.
To name other few restaurants, you have satsanga,the ashram guest house,marine drive,ananda bhavan,Sri Kamatchi Amman Cafe,bilva,surabhi etc.the best part about most of the eateries in Pondi is that they are very reasonable and very very delicious. you have any cuisine you would like to have right from South Indian to North Indian to Italian etc.
SIGHT SEEING:-Ist visit Arbindo Ashram,Museum and the matri mandir, then the beech visit- in this you have an entire beech ride which comes in a package with guides etc.
If you go during the season, you have a market day where everything is really sold cheap we managed to grab a lot of things from that market day even though it was super crowded.
Manakula Vinayagar Temple -This place is for those pilgrims who would like to visit a temple. we had our grand parents so had to go to the temple. Beautiful and peaceful is not the word. It is crowded though.
Cathedral churches,and other churches can be visited .
Ousteri Lake- this is a little away from pondi but a must visit.The waters are so fresh you really feel like taking a dip.
Tiruvakkarai- This is a place where every pournami or full moon day people there worship goddess kaali.When we had gone unfortunately it was not pournami day.
There is a Golden Globe shaped Matrimandir which is just too beautiful.you have to visit it.on the way from that temple you can shop and even eat.The slightly longish walk which we have to take to reach the mandir is not at all taxing. Do stop at the Banyan Tree for a couple of mins and feel free to wash your face at the water tank near it :-) We sure did and it was awesomely refreshing!! While there do remember to buy some incense sticks and scented candles. They are almost half the price.
The Church of Our Lady of Angels-The most notable feature of the church is its masonry.The other notable feature of the church is an oil painting that was presented by Napolean. The interior central dome has eight circular openings.the beauty shos how beautiful india is and how much is there to still see.
The best part about pondi is that petrol is really really cheap.so we wanted to get back home some but gave up the idea(wink)

Activities & things to do: Boat 'cruise' at Chunnambar, once the boat lands it leads to a playground for kids so its a perfect picnic spot.its just approx 40 rs per person(boating).The birds view while on boating is marvelous.the water fowl population is just awesome.
Visit the beautiful Govt park( also called bharathi park)-peaceful park ideal for a walk or nap! You'll find perfectly manicured lawns, flower beds, fountains, and statues all around the park. There is a great children's area with all sorts of playground equipment.
As mentioned above aurbindo ashram,auroville etc are must visits.
Do some shopping at the so called handi craft exhibitions, it has the same stuff that u get at most handi crafts exhibitions but its interesting to see.
Paradise beech is also a must visit. it is just too beautiful and serene. We were allowed to play in the beech only till the next trip of the boat came back for us.The water hits hard against you and that fun and thrilling:)

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Bangalore ( as we had gone from here) we drove down to Pondi.(took Hosur road and straight).Then from Hosur we headed towards Krishnagiri,Then from Krishnagiri towards Chengam(77kms)-good road,avg traffic,has signals. from there headed from Chengam to Tiruvannamalai.here, we haulted at Thiruvanammaali and did some sightseeing that is went to temple and all thereafter headed from Tiruvannamalai to Gingee this again was less traffic good road to drive.only Thiruvannmaalai city takes time.
Gingee toTindivanam(28 kms) here we visited gingee fort very lovely place you can visit if time permits.less traffic.
Tindivanam to Pondicherry( 40 kms) Good roads, but Heavy traffic.
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Sai Anandi

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  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2011
Its good an excellent place to be there for recreation.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Excellent

Activities & things to do: Many things.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Any mode.
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