Pondicherry, Puducherry, Pondi or even Fundicherry, whatever be the name you use for this, you know its the best getaway for the picturesque weekend. A 3-hour drive along the East Coast Road (ECR) from Chennai lands you at this place where all you need to do is pamper yourself with the comfort of cheesy food, euro streets and beaches all day long. However, if you still want to make sure you have covered the place right, check this list below
Places to visit in Pondicherry
One of the biggest and most prominent beach of town is the Promenade beach. Starting at the French War memorial, this 1.2 km road is filled with multiple attractions which makes your walk worthwhile.You can also sit back and relax on some yummy street food.
Since we are relaxing, why not let go of our stress by visiting this charming building where it’s all about humanity. This place was inaugurated in 1958 and has stood the test of time when it comes to bringing people together and de-stress.
Shopping in Pondicherry is super fun, considering low prices and international brands. This is where the shops Casablanca and Kalki exist, a shoppers air-conditioned paradise. Further down the street one can also find the High Design brand which is worth it for cheap yet good leather products.
One of the best places to visit in Pondicherry is of course the French Colony. Filled with food, terrace lounges and brilliantly engineered villas, this place is bound to leave you in awe. This place can and should be visited once at all times of the day, just to take it all in.
Vintage Holy Places
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Church are amongst some of the very classic churches one must definitely cover when inPondi. Its detailed neo-gothic architecture is truly amazing. Another holy place to visit is the Perumal temple which dates back to 1800 A.D.
This is one of the food joints that should be judged by their name. They do give you a high on not just the prices, but on their huge portions of pizzas which are a cheese, lovers dream come true. Amidst all the shopping frenzy on the mission, street is where this heavenly cafe placed.
Don’t give up on beaches just yet! Take a small detour and head toward this shy yet gorgeous beach. Shy ‘coz it’s well hidden even though it’s quite popular. Water sports like Scuba diving and Surfing are available nearby and a dip in the Bay of Bengal is must-do.
High Design cafe
Not just a leather shop but also a boutique cafe serving continental cuisine which makes you go for more. It also comes a with a mind numbing view of the French U.T. For those who love to stick their social media, wi-fi is available as well.
A one of a kind French concept store that serves you yummy desserts, freshly baked breads and tons of ice creams that soothe you from within. You may not be able to carry the French colony with you on the way back, but you can definitely take these delights as souvenirs.
Zuka cafe is the place where one should indulge in chocolate. It even has Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth portraits made fully in chocolate, which goes to say how much they love serving chocolate. Always end Pondi on a sweet note.
So if you are one of those who always love to know “how it all started”, you should go to White town and check the museum. There are various artifacts belonging to the numerous rulings that prevailed in Pondicherry.
How many of these have you covered in the last trip