Bangalore sent us off in heavy rain. Pondicherry welcomed us with scorching sun during the day and thunderstorm during the night.
Pondicherry, which is just 6 hours away from Bangalore, shares some similarities with Goa – slow pace of life and nice people; except for the usual exception of autowalas and bike rental dealers.
Pondi scores over Goa in its ubiquitous availability of vegetarian hotels where food is clean and cheap. We discovered a Malayali restaurant owner who was serving tummy full of Chicken biriyani with three pieces of chicken and a hard boiled egg for just Rs. 60/-.
Since most of the visiting tourists – domestic and foreign – are devotees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the ambience around Heritage town is serene throughout the day.
Renting a two wheeler is highly advised. Almost all the places are located in and around M. G. Road; except for Auroville which is about 15kms away.
A visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a walk in The Promenade, Serenity beach and Paradise Beach are some activities that can be done.
Aimlessly roaming around the streets are highly recommended. While visiting the beaches to watch sunrise is highly NOT recommended since local people are used to relieving themselves in the beaches.