Pondicherry is a beautiful town with cozy cafes, artsy walls and a splash of vibrancy all around and not to forget the mesmerizing blue waters. The plush greenery enhances peaceful vibes, which make this place quite addictive. From lazing around to enjoying scuba diving, there is plenty to revel in, in Pondicherry. This French town is merely a 3-hour drive away from Chennai and is perfect for four days or a long weekend trip. If you are in search of peace and serenity, then a trip to Pondicherry is a must for you. The best way to reach this French town is to take a self drive car from Chennai, because it is affordable, convenient and offers you the freedom to stop whenever you want, during the trip.
What to see in Pondicherry?
Visit the Rock beach or Promenade Beach
Promenade, a typical rocky beach, is one of the most famous beaches in Pondicherry. It is also known as the Rock beach. The beach is neat with ample seating arrangement by the road. It is a 1.5 km long beach, which is bordered by a long walkway. Visitors and the locals, both come here for jogging and enjoying strolls. Vehicle entry is generally banned on the beachfront area in the evening, which allows people to chill out and relax in peace. It is a well-protected beach, lined with numerous small cafes and restaurants.
Things to do at Promenade Beach: Visit the War Memorial and Dupleix Park. Go see the Gandhi Statue, nearby or just chill around by the beach.
Visit the Auroville Bamboo Centre
This place is a hidden gem in Pondicherry. The Auroville Bamboo Centre conducts workshops and seminars for artisans, professionals, farmers and any other visitors interested in learning about and creating bamboo products. So many things can be created and formulated using bamboo. You will be amazed by the efforts put by the craftsmen here.
Visit the Matrimandir (The golden dome)
Matrimandir, also known as the temple of Mother, is a must-see structure in Pondicherry. The golden dome is an edifice of spiritual significance, located at the center of Auroville and initiated by The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. You have to book tickets beforehand (probably 3-4 days prior to the visit) in order to enter the golden temple.
Visit the Auroville Beach
If your idea of a beach getaway is to catch a moment of repose and explore nature’s beauty, then you must visit the Auroville Beach, popularly known as Auro Beach. You can witness a spectacular sunrise here or enjoy swimming. Photography enthusiast can also look forward to capturing some breathtaking snaps at the Auroville Beach.
Go ahead, plan a trip now, book a self drive car Chennai with Myles and visit Pondicherry to spend a peaceful vacation.