It’s called ‘Peaceful Puducherry’ for a reason! There’s nothing more relaxing than a warm day on the beach, the waves playing with your toes and the breeze in your hair. The lack of junk jewelry vendors makes a refreshing surprise after exploring the more commercial beaches of
Goa. I found the people much friendlier and the accommodation more economic.
The lesser known weekly train took us on an 8 hour journey from Yeshwantpur,
to Puducherry. A walk to through Auroville village gave us an insight to the range of accommodation available. Luckily we found a boathouse, which was, in fact, a shack build over a boat, with an attached bathroom. It made a truly amazing place to spend a weekend. Bangalore
Food was our next Priority. From Breakfast in a four star hotel, to lunch in a Pizzaria! The choice was ours. Local food was available as well. Our meals included chicken fried in peanut paste, prepared by a French cook and spicy prawn curry served by a Chinese gentleman.
Though most of our time was split between the boathouse and the beach, we did get to explore some interesting stores in and around Auroville. Candles, hand woven hammocks and orange essence were among the many treasures in our shopping bags.
A day on Beach road involved lazing at ‘Le Café’, a quaint little place overlooking the rocky beach. Many people were surprised to find local tourists, however we seemed to have ‘
’ stamped to our foreheads. Everywhere went, people were eager to help and entertain us. Bangalore
Our last day in Puducherry was spent dressing an Israeli lady in a sari. We shared stories about our different cultures. The journey back was by road. We travelled along with a volunteer from the
Netherlands and an Afro-American gentleman who was carrying a heavy knapsack of books for his students in . Korea
The moment we hit home we realized that when people say ‘Pondi is Amazing’, they really mean that the time they spent there was amazing. The trip is truly enriching not only for the pleasant weather and the clean beaches but the food and the friends as well!