Pondicherry is filled to the brim with places to explore, be they the numerous beaches and its promenade or the various shops that are tucked in nondescript corners of this city.
You may want to catch a sunrise or a sunset in all its wondrous hues and glory by taking a walk on the beach. Early morning is a good time to catch the beach without its usual crowds and imbue yourself with a sense of calm and serenity.
A walk through the French quarter of the town will take you back into another era. The colonial architecture, so well preserved is a delight for the eyes. It is also known locally as White Town.
Indulge in the various gastronomic delights that this city has to offer. Be it the typical south Indian cuisine, the authentic French food or the popularly known “fusion cuisine” which is an amalgamation of Indian and European flavors. A few are Villa Shanti, Cafes des Arts, La Villa Helena. If you want a quick eat you can hop in and out of Baker Street located on the busy Bussy street.
If it’s the shopaholic in you that has to be satisfied you can visit the one of a kind shops and boutiques of Pondicherry. Auroville is not only famous for the Matrimandir but also its visitor centre which has many outlets selling scented candles, gold plated jewelry and many other things. Another famous boutique is Kalki on Mission street, here you can find some aromatic incense sticks, perfumed candles, emerald jewelry, foot wear, hand-painted silk clothing and handmadepaper items. Domus is another interesting store located in the French Quarter. It has many unique collections of antique lamps, antique furniture, carpets, scarfs, paintings, enamel collections, bedcovers and cushions. You can also find beautiful clothes, jewelry, drawing lamps. Jawaharlal Nehru street and Mission streets are filled with many other delightful shops.
And last but not the least if adventure is what you have in mind, Pondicherry will offer you ocean swimming and scuba diving along with various other water sports.So pack your bags and book a rendezvous with Pondicherry this August