India is full of diverse cultures, languages, food and religion. Every state, city or union territory has its own history and has its related story. There are many historic monuments, buildings and other attractions in India and lakhs of tourists visit them every year. People love visiting India because of their welcoming behaviour, culinary delights, to know and learn about the local traditions, dance forms etc. All these things attract tourists to make a visit to India.
Visiting a place with a historical story and geographical diversity is worth money. In India, Pondicherry is a most attractive place highly known for its historical French monuments, beaches, small café and restaurants where one can relax and enjoy. Even after many years, Pondicherry carries the same French essence in the town in its buildings, streets, food and culture. No one can stop themselves from falling in love with a rich heritage, clean beaches and greenery. Planning a solo trip to Pondicherry is not a bad idea and one can individually enjoy alone keeping oneself away from all stress and burden.
Following are the points to know more about Pondicherry which will convince you to visit there:
- Attractive beaches- The crystal clear water with clean shores will attract you to stay for as long as you can. The beaches are not crowded, so you can enjoy your ‘me’ time. There are many famous beaches in Pondicherry which are Promenade Beach, paradise beach, Karaikal beach, serenity beach and the list is long. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset with cool breezy fresh air.
- Water adventures- Pondicherry has a lot to offer when it comes to water adventure. You can enjoy scuba diving and scuba jumping. Also, they provide a one-day learning experience for non-swimmers. So, it is great for the ones who love water adventures.
- Delicious delicacies-Pondicherry has lots of south Indian food and French delicacies. It offers mouth-watering cuisines such as sambar, idli, uttapam and following French culture it has amazing French café and restaurants every corner of the street. Also, one can’t resist themselves having amazing seafood delicacies.
- Temples and churches- There are many historical temples and churches. There are many famous temples among which 500 years ago Manakula Vinayagar Temple is built with huge golden chariot and have big carved stones. Also, many French people are residing in Pondicherry, so there are many old famous churches.
- Explore the streets- There are famous markets out there having amazing handicrafts, clothes, jewellery especially at the Auroville Main Road Market. Also, these markets have delicious street food.
Above all the points are the main highlights to visit Pondicherry. You can explore and understand the culture of both South Indian and French at a single place. But it is always good to know about the place before visiting like its weather, main attractions, hotels to stay, language etc. A checklist is always handy to remember all the details. Talking to your travel agent will help you to gain more insight into the place. Make yourself aware of all the details like how to reach, best weather to visit, places to see and explore, hotel bookings etc to avoid the last-minute chaos.
Following points are some travel tips for Pondicherry:
- How to reach- First thing you need to know is that there is no direct flight to Pondicherry. You can go via Chennai and then further need to book a taxi or by bus or train to reach Pondicherry. You can also travel to Bangalore and then choose a taxi or cab. Lately, flight from Delhi and Mumbai has also started.
- Know the language- While in Pondicherry, there is a balance of south Indian and French-speaking people. You will find people speaking Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, French and English. So many don’t face the problem while communicating with the locals.
- How to travel- Once you reach Pondicherry, you can travel in an auto-rickshaw and you can even hire a bike if you want to self explore. Riding a bike on the Pondicherry streets is much fun.
- Book hotel in advance- It is always best to book a hotel in Pondicherry in advance to avoid the last-minute disappointment. Also, look at and compare the hotels and choose one which suits your budget. There are many hotel options you will get like a beach-faced hotel, home-like stay, French theme hotels, ashram guest house etc. So you can choose according to your budget and preference.
- Best weather to visit- It is always advisable to know the weather before visiting the place. This is the first thing to be checked so that your vacation does not get ruined. The best time to visit Pondicherry is in monsoon. Avoid planning to go in summer because of the scorching heat as the weather reaches to 40-42 degree Celsius.
- Clothes- You can wear decent clothes in Pondicherry. During monsoon, you can carry cotton stuff clothes and during winters just keep some woollens. Avoid layering as the winters are not that chilly. Try to wear covered clothes at beaches as well as beachwear will catch the unwanted attention which will make you feel uncomfortable.
- Prepare a checklist for places- There are many attractions in the Pondicherry. So it will be easy to choose the ones you surely want to visit by making a checklist. Include all the attractions and monuments you are inquisitive about in your list. There are many beaches in Pondicherry, so it is best to do water adventure sports who are daring enough to do. Take online help to know the best and famous places in Pondicherry.
So above are some tips which you need to consider while planning to visit Pondicherry. Also, keep in mind to have a comfortable stay for the best vacation. A comfortable hotel with all the luxuries will help you to enjoy the best. Prior booking is always the best decision. Compare the prices and amenities of the hotels from the online websites. They will provide you with the best deals and offers at amazing prices.