Travelling to Poetic Pondicherry

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So, here’s finally the first travelling post from this nomad ๐Ÿ˜€ and Pondicherry/Puducherry it is.

Why Pondicherry?

This was one of those impromptu, have-to-be-there decision. I knew I had to unwind, lay back, and relax (not far from pretty much what I do all the time though). And what better place could I have gone than here.

Beautiful mesmerizing lanes, captivating serene beaches, spicy food to gorge on and sweet pastries in baker street to balance it out. Warm and welcoming locals who will in a very charming way try to help you out despite the language barriers and much more.

The first thing I did after landing in Pondy was to reach the place I was staying at (of course :P) ย and headed over to the terrace for a quick view:

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The first view before I looked beyond the terrace.

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The view

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A random click as I descended the stairs.

 

After such a good start, I headed in straight for the alluring White town/French quarters and biked my way around the quarters losing myself in a loop.

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When few doors are closed, you simply fall in love.

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Colorful white town

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Iย could walk around here entire day without knowing.

I stopped over at Rocky beach that’s more beautiful in the night. Few captures:

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The rocky beach

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Do visit this beach at night!

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Just one more capture ๐Ÿ˜€

The best thing you will love about Pondy is how easily and quickly you can get to anywhere in minutes. May be, that’s why the life in Pondy isn’t racing around or so I felt. I then continued to Vinaynagar temple in the long queue and then in the spiritual flow lazed in Aurobindo ashram. For a restless soul like me, meditating would not be the right term but then I felt part of the beatific silence and the ambience of the place. To find a place where you could appreciate silence. Bliss.

 

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The entrance

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This is the roof top right before the entrance.

 

The day had already gone by before I noticed. I never follow plans. Never run into slot timings. And I wasn’t definitely doing that here. In the late evening instead of hitting the popular places, I strolled in the narrow lanes. Played with kids sitting, covering half of the lane. I am not sure if aunties around were comfortable with me joining those kidsย circle and almost blocking the lane now. I soon learnt that I was miserable at their gameย ๐Ÿ˜€ It was quite a fun though. One of the best moments I spent there. Right in the very lane, there was a small temple that I had to bend (half my height) to enter and I sat for some time conversing (in different languages here too) with the jubilant pandit who wore a cherubic smile throughout.

A beautiful day. I gulped down few drinks and hit the bed ๐Ÿ˜‰

The next day, after a complete south breakfast, I reached this church right in the city.ย A hub of beauties right next to each other and I truthfully was swaying in the rhythm of poetic Pondy.

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The church

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Few more clicks

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These clicks are fromย The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart of Jesus

I spent an hour or so at the church and you now know why. Or may be more. I am not sure. I felt at ease there like at almost all the places in Pondy. I was at times the excited kid hopping around, then lost in solitude right next moment with the endless beauty that pondy had to offer.

I am heading over to the beaches and though I would love to write about it right away but then I don’t want to make the post (the first one) too picture heavy, so more about beaches and the rest of the day which has a lil more of the journey in Pondy ๐Ÿ™‚

(P.S. The idea of travel post isn’t to document the travel rather the feel of being there. Do spend more than two day each in Pondy and Auroville if you are heading there. I am a novice photographer, a nomad who’s starting to step out to places. So, please be kind ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I look forward to feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ )

20 thoughts on “Travelling to Poetic Pondicherry

  1. First things first, I’m so glad you are back and which a new name anda fantastic website. Did you design it? Do share some tips offline. Second, what awesome pictures and that honest write up. I agree that a travelogue isn’t just a document of your itinerary.
    We went to Pondicherry in 2014 and like it place. But the ruins/architecture lover I’m – I found mahabalipuram better ๐Ÿ˜‰ check out when you get time http://happinessandfood.com/magical-mahabalipuram-picturesque-pondicherry-a-photo-story/

    1. Thank you so much Parul! A pleasure to have you (at my new space) ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn’t sure how to write a travelogue ๐Ÿ˜€ And, I hadn’t thought about writing one when I was at Pondy! I will surely check out the link ๐Ÿ™‚ (I have started envying bangaloreans for so many weekend get away they have ๐Ÿ™ )

  2. Which part of Pondicherry is this? I love the images. They beckon me. I haven’t been to this part of the country but maybe I will now. The descriptions and visual kick is are warm welcome note. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Pondicherry isn’t big. This is rocky beach and French quarters right beside each other! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Asha. You should sure visit this place some time.

  3. Definitely one of those places that has a character of its own. A very rich one at that.
    Those pictures are awesome.
    Those yellow buildings are such a happy sight. Just the pictures seem to have lifted my moods. ๐Ÿ™‚

    New blog? And newbie traveller? Congratulations and all the very best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I especially loved the photos of the White town/French quarters. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have never been to Pondicherry before, but it does seem like just the place to go to relax. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Pondicherry!! What lovely photographs you have clicked… I have been wanting to go there and Auroville for three years but somehow not been able to. This is tempting!

  6. Wow, these photos are so beautiful, this is a place I will have to visit one day for sure! The beaches look so nice and from how you describe the peaceful feeling, it seems like the perfect destination to travel to and get away from it all! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nicely written!!

    1. Ah! I would be so glad if you include it in your list. Thank you for the kind words and liking the pics (I am learning to capture now) So happy to read this comment Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I won’t be able to make it there this time around but I’m sure I’ll be back! It will have to be on that list instead ๐Ÿ™‚ What a beautiful place to go and relax. Keep taking pictures!

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