There is no better way to spend the last few days of the year than to be in the peaceful and picturesque Pondicherry and that too in a Women Only group. A 3 day tour that involves road trips, dance, food, festivities and fun at every step.
Day 01 – Bangalore to Pondicherry (Approx. 8 hours)
The day starts early, at around 7 AM. The road trip takes us through some of the most breathtaking paths and roads. We have breakfast on the way and reach Pondicherry by afternoon. Check in to the hotel and rest for some time. Post lunch we head out to explore the city and visit the very serene Promenade Beach. It’s a 1.2 KM walk starting from War Memorial (built in 1971), ending at Dupleix Park on the Goubert Avenue. Gandhi statue, built by sculptor Roy Choudhary, is another popular monument.
The highlight of the day is definitely the shopping at Nehru Street for the famous Papier-mâché products, handicrafts, terracotta potteries and marbled silk textiles. We have our dinner and return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 – Auroville and Paradise Beach
This day has a lot to offer to all those seeking some quiet and peace. We have our breakfast and leave for Auroville. It is a brotherhood community, where people from all over the world come and live in harmony, leaving aside their differences of caste, nationality or any other. Matrimandir in the middle of the town is an exceptional and original architectural achievement, recognized by many.
Post this; we visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram that sees devotees from all over the world. There is also Manakula Vinayagar Temple close to the Ashram, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
It is an absolute delight to walk in this beautiful town. It feels like taking a walk in history as the buildings, streets and the beautiful cafes are truly reflective of the French style of living. The evening is spent at Chunnambar backwaters where the clear waters and the sound of the waves refresh the soul. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 – Return to Bangalore
On this day we visit two of the most popular tourist spots in Pondicherry. First we go to The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), which is known for its masonry. After this we visit the beautiful Ousteri Lake, the place to be for birdwatchers.
This marks the end of this fun-filled trip and we head back to Bangalore.