So far, Pondicherry tops my list of cities in India because it’s got everything, it literally has everything. It’s got churches, temples, museums, it’s got beaches, beautiful streets, and colorful cafes; it’s got the hustle bustle of a city but it also has the peace and quiet; AND it has the friendliest people that I have ever come across. Pondicherry, if you ask me is a perfect dish, with all the ingredients in just the right amount.
What more could you ask? Well, I couldn’t. Here is a glimpse of what we explored in Pondy:
- Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Englise de Notre dame des Anges, also known as Our Lady of Angels Church is the fourth-oldest church in Pondicherry. Peaceful and beautiful, this church is located right on the Promenade. The colorful glass ceilings along with the lovely flower decorations make it a must-go.
2. Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
This Ganesha temple is adorned with huge canvases which depict events from Lord Ganesha’s life. Like all the temples in South, this one too is colorful, grand, and beautiful.
- The Promenade
The Promenade is to Pondicherry what Marine Drive is to Mumbai, except that with no vehicles, the former takes the cake. This is the one place where you get to see people from every part of the city: gajra-clad women indulging in the daily gossip, new moms chasing after their toddlers, the toddlers chasing the soapy bubbles, a group of young thalaiva fans, tourists from all over the world, and fellow visitors like us – everyone comes here to wind up their day. This is one place I got to experience the culture of the city, which instantly made it my favorite.
Auroville, with it’s unique concept, is another place in Pondy that appealed to me. A planned township which was founded by the Mother in 1968, it has residents from all over the world who live together above caste and creed. In the center of the town is the Matrimandir (as seen in the above picture), a place for silent concentration.
5. The City’s View from the Lighthouse:
Going to the top of the lighthouse will need you to climb a never-ending stairwell. But trust me, it is every bit worth it. The clear blue waves, the huts on the beaches, the lovely green of the coconut trees and the various colors of Pondicherry – all worth a view.
A few other places worth a visit include:
1. Auroshikha (highly recommended)
2. Auroville Ashram
3. Bay Of Buddha
4. Paradise Beach
5. The City Museum
Interested to know Pondy a little more? Please feel free to read an elaborate post here: blog.tripmonk.in