Pondicherry, or to be politically correct, Puducherry, is a beach town in the east coast of India. Not big enough to be a state, but distinct enough to have its own identity, Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. Long known for being a settlement of the Dutch, Portuguese, English and the French colonial powers, it is the French that have left an indelible mark on the coastal town. And you get a taste of it in most of the things you see at Pondicherry or in what you eat there.
One of India’s favourite tourist destination, we were in Pondicherry last Diwali over a 3night/4day holiday. Here is a compilation of all my posts that I wrote post the trip, covering details of the stay, sight-seeing, shopping and food escapades.
Simply click on to the links below to read a review of the restaurants or get information on places to see….
How to reach Pondicherry? Driving or taking a train is the only option, for Pondicherry does not have its own airport. The closest airport is the Chennai airport in Tamil Nadu. We flew down to Chennai from Mumbai and took a cab to Pondicherry. Here are the details.
Where to stay in Pondicherry? We stayed at the Sea-Side Guest House that is run by the Aurobindo Ashram. Clean, basic, reasonably priced with a comfortable stay, here are the details should you be keen to stay there too:
Sight-Seeing and Shopping in Pondicherry
- Sight-Seeing in Pondicherry
- Discovering Pondicherry Beach
- Shopping in Pondicherry
- Sight-Seeing around Pondicherry:
Best Restaurants of Pondicherry: Other than breakfast at the Sea-Side Resort, we had our lunch and dinner at numerous popular restaurants in Pondicherry. Here is a feedback on all of them:
- Baker Street for the best breakfast in Pondicherry
- Le Dupleix, the best place for lunch
- Carte Blanche, for a stylish dinner
- Satsanga, another option for lunch/dinner
- Madame Shante – the restaurant that you should not go to
- 3 Best Restaurants in Pondicherry
- Farm Fresh Café for a light meal