Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is one of the seven Union Territories of India and comparatively less commercialized. This town in the east gives you the complete vibe of a French town right from the food to the architecture. In fact, you can easily spot old French people wearing Indian attires roaming around the streets who are actually living in Pondicherry since ages dwelled into South Indian culture.
It is humid throughout the year in Pondicherry but then who doesn’t like the pristine beaches with no commercial activity around. You can easily have a sun bathe and can even clearly see the horizon where the blue water meets the sky.
The best time to visit Pondicherry is from October to February with the temperature around 15 to 30 degree Celsius and the sooner you go the better. Avoid summers since the sun rays are quite close and the temperature rises above 40 degree Celsius.
Best way to reach Pondicherry is from Chennai or Bangalore. There are three routes to reach Pondicherry by road from Chennai.
3 Routes from Chennai:
Follow the ECR route which gives you a few great places to stop by. Cholamandal Artists Village, Kovalam Beach, Portuguese Catholic Church.
You can also take a direct bus from Bangalore or Chennai. Pondicherry is just 165 km from Chennai and 312 km from Bangalore.
The cheapest way to reach Pondicherry is by train. The nearest railway station is Villupuram.
Most of these cafes are located in the white town in India. So, if you are staying in white town, you can enjoy breakfast or dinner in these cafes:
You must visit Café Xtasi at night for their famous wood-fired pizza. Go to the top floor and enjoy the view of churches and the entire town along with smoking hot wood-fired pizza and peppy music.
Visit Villa Shanti for dinner. Though the food is average, the ambiance and drinks at this place are amazing. And as I say, what fun if you don’t have a French wine in a French town.
Visit this street in town after you are done roaming around the churches and need a quick dessert to soothe your nerves. But I recommend that you go there only if you are okay with eggs because most of the desserts contain eggs there, but all are delicious and fresh.
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Le Café standing amidst the town at the beachside, this white beautiful café is open 24x7. Enjoy the night or early morning breakfast at Le Café listening to the soothing sea waves.
One of my favorite places in Pondicherry is the Veneto bar. The lovely music and Italian food with drinks are amazing here.
Other places that you can try if you have time – Hot Breads for breakfast, Le Azesis for French cuisine, Coromondel Café for Tea and yes don’t forget to visit CAFÉ DES ARTS in white town and have a signature click with the outside walls of the café color-splashed with yellow and white with few creative arts.
Read in detail about all these places on 3 Days in Pondicherry.
It is advisable to carry the following things when you are visiting Pondicherry:
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