With bougainvillea adorning mustard walls, French street names, cute cafes and the clear blue waters of the Bay of Bengal- Pondicherry gave us a warm welcome! One walk around Ville de Blanche (White Town) exploring the colonial architecture, and I knew it was love at first sight.
We were fortunate to stay in a beautiful property which just added to the charm of our vacation. Earlier I was upset that we hadn’t managed to get a booking at Neemrana. But La Closerie, an old restored colonial mansion, with its heritage vibe, outdid our expectations. Each room is uniquely designed with small patios and little alcoves where you can chill with friends. I any day prefer such places over a hotel with all rooms symmetrically aligned. The cherry on top was the relaxing pool underneath the bougainvillea tree. The owner of the guesthouse was more than happy to chat with us and recommend cafes serving great French cuisine. But that deserves another post.
We and our cameras just couldn’t get enough of White Town. Of course everyone wanted that perfect profile picture either against the blue sea of the promenade or with the bougainvillea. Despite roaming around every day, we would continue getting lost in the narrow and winding lanes. But that’s what makes the whole experience more fun right?
The agenda on this trip was clear- to not pack too many things into our schedule but just explore the town at our own pace. Our mornings began with lazy brunches at a cafe, afternoons cycling around the town, evenings grabbing coffee and a bite of the fresh baguette at a bakery, nights sipping wine over a great meal and walking along the promenade with the cool wind in your hair. The houses with an old-world charm, the mustard walls, the churches, the quaint cafes, the pretty boutiques, and oh did I mention the mustard walls (They’re a photographer’s delight); I fell head-over-heels in love with this city.
Eglise De Notre Dame des Anges
What about you? Do you too have a love affair with Pondicherry?
The Hungry Trotter Travel Tips:
- The closest airport is Chennai (155 kms) and the drive from Chennai via East Coast Road (ECR) is a very pretty one.
- Plan your visit a day in advance to Auroville so that the spiritual folks can book the meditation session at the Mantri Mandir and the rest can take up an ongoing workshop suiting their interest. From pottery to organic farming, there are tons of interesting things happening here. You can also buy some organic food items, handmade apparels et al on your way back.
- The Hidesign factory outlet is in Pondicherry, so you can pick up bags at sweet deals.
- Pick up some great coffee from the local market. Narasu’s coffee is a local shop on MG Road which can easily be missed because the signage is in Tamil. It’s opposite KFC.
- For accommodation, pick some heritage property vis a vis a hotel. It will add a new dimension to your experience.