Most of us have been to Goa before and it is one of those rare travel destinations, which is ideal for people of almost all the age groups. Because of the reason that Goa has got everything that we need on a vacation from cheap drinks to delightfully delicious food to beach side luxury hotels. On the other hand, Goa has changed a lot in the last decade or so and one thing that has increased is the number of people travelling to this beach town, which has resulted in too much of hustle bustle. In addition to that, almost every corner of the city has been commercialized that is why it has become pretty difficult to find an offbeat travel attraction. All these are the reasons people have started looking for beach towns other than Goa wherein they can get crystal clear beaches with less commercialization and more of nature.
Well, first of all, Pondicherry is one of those rare beach cities in the country that will certainly satisfy your desire to travel the way Goa would have done. We simply can’t just deny how Pondicherry has turned out to be the new Goa for travellers from all across the globe and has pretty much more to it which is still unexplored. This beach city is known for its French way of life, reputed meditation institutes, Sri Aurobindo Ashram in neighbouring town Auroville, and very well-maintained sea fronts, to name a few. The place is also accessible by almost all modes of transportations like train, bus and flight. So, what are you waiting for? Skip that Goa trip and spend your holidays in Pondicherry for the love of beaches, waves and soft sand. Below is the list of 5 reasons to visit Pondicherry.
Best Time to Visit: October to February
If we talk about the number of beaches, Goa has more beaches than Pondicherry, but all of them are touristy all year long, which is not the case with Pondicherry. Beaches in Pondicherry are fairly clean and full of adventure activities. The beaches one must surely stop by are Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach, Auroville Beach, Mahe Beach, and Pondicherry University Beach.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss the sunrise at Rock Beach in Pondicherry, you will love it for sure.
Delightfully Delicious Dishes
Tasty food is one thing that most of the holidaymakers look for at the time of travelling because it is something that can make or break their day. And when it comes to lip-smacking food, Pondicherry is a paradise for food lovers especially the ones who wish to try something different every, now and then. Vacationers will find a perfect blend of French, Chettinad and Italian cuisines all across the union territory and few of the dishes everyone needs to try are local seafood, oru soru biryani, calamari mediterranean pasta, wood fire pizzas and pazham puri.
Pro Tip: Do try the local street food to get a taste of authentic South Indian Cuisine.
Eye-Catching Religious Sites
There are loads of beautiful religious places in Pondicherry, which will surely take your breath away. The temple and churches within the city need at least a day to discover the tradition and culture in the best possible way. A landmark that tops the list is Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is situated in the centre of the city and is a must visit. Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Vedapureeswarar Temple and Varadaraja Perumal Temple are other travel attractions that need to be on your bucket list.
Pro Tip: Try to cover all these travel attractions at day time to get those amazing photographs.
If you wish to spend a relaxing day amidst peacefulness, fun, sports and unmatched beauty, then be all set for a romantic rendezvous with one of the most wonderful beaches in Pondicherry. Chunnambar is a beachside paradise that attracts millions of tourists, leisure vacationers and adventure enthusiasts. Situated at a distance of just 8km from Puducherry this backwater hosts a multi-cuisine restaurant and bar named “The Seagulls” and a two storey tree top house on site. Lucky are the ones who are able to get a glimpse of seagulls and dolphins in a playful mood.
Pro Tip: Stay at least for a night in Pondicherry Backwater Resort to enjoy your trip to the fullest.
The One and Only “Auroville”
Auroville is one of those rare travel attractions in India, which is famous for its meditation courses all across the world. Located at a distance of 6 kilometres from the city centre, this quaint little town was designed by world renowned architect Roger Anger. Founded in the year 1968, Auroville is accessible to travellers through all modes of transportation. When you are in this beautifully designed city do visit Matrimandir, Town Hall, Tibetan Centre, Repos, Organic Farms and of course the Auro Beach. A visit to this offbeat travel attraction will certainly make your trip an unforgettable one.
Pro Tip: Do spend some time admiring the beauty of MatriMandir and greenery around.
Paradise for Adventure Sports Enthusiasts
Similar to Goa, Pondicherry has got an array of options when it comes to beach adventure activities. Seaside actions in Pondicherry consist of scuba diving, camping at the beach, canoeing, surfing, parasailing, kayaking, Banana Boat ride, backwater sailing and many more. If you wish to indulge in these water sports activities then following beaches are the best for an amazing time on the coast.
• Kayaking or Canoeing at Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach and Karaikal Beach
• Surfing at both Serenity and Paradise Beach
• Jet Skiing and Scuba Diving at Paradise Beach
• Sailing at Veerampattinam Harbour
Pro Tip: Do take the Best Sunscreen Lotion along with you to stay away from tanning in future.
Heaven for Shopaholics
Shopping is an integral part of your trip to Pondicherry and going to the right market will help you save a good amount of money as well as buy something different and unique. One such market that most of the tourists are not aware of is Auroville, here you can purchase artisanal products like colourful beach wear, souvenirs, local south Indian handicraft, antiques and crockery. Other markets that can be taken into consideration are Goubert Market, White Town, Saram China Market, Mudaliarpet Market, Ariyankuppen Market, Mission Street and Serenity Beach Bazaar.
Pro Tip: Bargaining is the key while shopping in India especially flea markets, so bargain as much as you can.
Last but not the least, both Goa and Pondicherry have their own charm, but if you have been to Goa before and are not much into booze and party then head to Pondicherry for its culinary delights, nature and medieval French architecture . However, if you are bored of coastal attractions and looking for something exciting then do take a Trip to Ladakh in Winters to explore the unexplored and checkout high altitude mountain passes.
So, What Are You Waiting For? Book Your Flight Now and Enjoy Your Trip to Pondicherry with Your Near and Dear Ones, Happy Tripping!!