Pondicherry or Puducherry (since 2006) also lovingly called Pondy is a small town nestled on the coast of Bay of Bengal bordered by the state of Tamil Nadu. Around 2 and a half hour drive from Chennai, Pondicherry has adopted Tamil as its go-by language.
After spending last four years in Vellore and visiting this place numerous times I found myself in love with this place. Ofcourse there’s beach, sun and sand and not to forget the amazing food; but Pondicherry has a quirkiness about it which makes you want to go back again and again. I visited Pondicherry for the fourth time this March and needless to say it was really hot. But as always, I put all my shenanigans away, put on my shorts and roamed about the place still with the same fondness but with one addition, My new DSLR (Yayy!).
So between hogging up incredible amount of food and having a LOT of fun, I managed to snap a few places which probes the inner parts of Pondicherry. Also, I forgot to charge my DSLR for some absolutely essential places like the Beach and SURF School (Yes, I aced surfing 😛 ) so some of the obvious places are missing. However, I hope you do find the pictures interesting!
Cafe Xtasi serves the biggest pizzas I have ever come across and needless to say, they are just amazing 🙂
A flip through the History.
In the early period, Pondicherry was a part of kingdoms like Pallava, Chola, Pandyas and the Vijaynagar. It began trading with the Roman Empire in the early 1st century. In the later period, Pondicherry became the bone of contention between the European powers namely the English, French and the Dutch. After a series of annexations and treaties, Pondicherry was declared to be a French colony and remained so until after independence. It is a very less known fact that Pondicherry was united with the Indian Union much later than 1947, i.e in 1954 . Want to know more? Here – Go nuts! 😀
How to reach Pondicherry?
Pondicherry is accessible by both trains and buses, however buses are more frequent and convenient to travel in. There is a direct route from Vellore through Villupuram and Tindivanam but direct buses are scarce, hence you might have to change buses midway.
The nearest airport is Chennai and one can easily get buses from Chennai to Pondicherry at all times of the day. Also the route between Chennai and Pondicherry is a treat to the eyes, especially early in the morning.