Experience France without leaving India! In a tiny coastal town on the east coast of India, lies Puducherry! Also known as Pondicherry.
I’ve always wondered about the mysterious East Coast of India and then I heard about Pondi! What was once a part of French India right up till 1954, this little town has retained its French charms and heritage. Rich in history and spiritual culture, spending a few days here would give you an insight into the quiet life of this port town. Cobblestone pathways will lead you to quaint vintage styled houses. A short walk away from the city center are the beaches. And if you’re looking for a place to unwind and relax with yoga, Auroville is close by too. Its a great place to try out some new cuisines and take in the beautiful architecture of a time gone by.
Where to Stay
Le Chateau Hotel
Easily one of the top 10 hotels in Pondicherry, Le Chateau is in White Town, and boasts of a heritage charm with large rooms. Centrally located, this villa hotel has an in house restaurant serving Indian and International cuisine. They also provide free Wifi and great sea views from the terrace.
La Closerie- Bay of Bengal
A stone’s throw away from the scenic Pondicherry harbour, this villa hotel has a calming and pristine atmosphere. The decor in each room is unique, its high ceilings and artwork also add to their charm. Walk down the streets of this French quarter or relax by the lovely plunge pool. this is perfect for a romantic stay.
Dune Mansion Calve
A fantastic budget hotel option in quaint Pondicherry, this bed and breakfast has gorgeous Baroque architecture and a homely feel. Its reminiscent of old family homes with a central courtyard. If you’ve never been to one, try this place for a great experience.
Neemrana’s Hotel De L’Orient
Palais de Mahe
The sunny yellow and white themed hotel is the right place to choose for an occasion like an anniversary or even just to celebrate yourself. Its ambiance and decor revels in the nostalgia of a time gone by. High ceilings, colonial style furniture and relaxing nooks all over the property will make you feel content and relaxed. The poolside cafe serving refreshments and their fusion restaurant Mahe de Malabar are also excellent.
A Luxurious hotel in a fabulous location in the old French quarter, Villa Shanti is a real treat to the eyes. The modern design and neat furniture is juxtaposed with colorful ethnic prints and articles. It’s definitely not a run of the mill hotel. Their restaurant in the courtyard is lovely for a leisurely breakfast in the shade. The cafe bar is a great for a romantic dinner date. All in all, a great choice.
So there you have it. Whether you’re a in group of friends, on a romantic getaway, a family trip or even a solo traveller, Puducherry has something for everyone. Why not explore this destination on your next holiday!