Pondicherry or Pondy is Tamil Nadu and Karnataka's popular tourist destination. It's within quick reach from both the states and the perfect option for weekend getaways.
You'll find beautiful beaches and economical as well as luxurious stay options around them. The low priced alcohol and easily available vehicle rentals make vacations in Pondicherry, a favourite among college students and young travellers.
The city hosts the largest French community in India. The east of Pondicherry is proof of the fact. It's bright yellow walls, French and Mediterranean styled quarters, wide boulevards and cobbled roads make the place look picturesque and prettier than in pictures.
The cafes here are known to serve good wine and awesome steaks. Travellers Café at La Casita, near Bharti Street Cutting, serves the city's best French and Continental food.
Pondicherry's people and language are an interesting blend of the east and west. French and Tamil are widely but do not worry, you can manage your way with English too.
Almost all tourist destinations are nearby. You can take a walk or hire two-wheelers from rental outlets on Mission Street and MG road at low prices to make the most of the city's scenic beauty.
Auroville is almost like the city's icon. It's vast and has its own garden (Auroville Botanical Garden) and beach (Auro beach). The beach Promenade, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Oustery Lake are among other places to visit in Pondicherry.
The Chunnambar backwaters situated 8 km from Pondicherry offers house-boat rides and tree house stays. The Plage Paradiso beach at the mouth of the backwaters hosts beach-sports. In case, you are a fan of Dolphins, take a short trip on a cruise to catch them jumping in the middle of the sea.
To shop for souvenirs, head to the Goubert Market near the French Quarter on Vellala street. It's a huge market where you can load your bags with fabrics, jewelleries and spices among other things.