Getaway to Pondicherry

August 10, 2016

Transport

 

If you want to join in our transport that we organised for the event, please get in touch with us at the Fest Registration desk on 23 or 24 September at Taj Gateway and Book your travel to Pondicherry only for Rs. 300 per person

 

Agenda for Getaway to Pondicherry

 

25 september:

  • Check out from venue at 11 AM

  • Lunch by the sea at Mahabalipuram at 1 PM

  • Party at Pondicherry (Venue, Time & entry info, soon)

26 September:

  • Aerial silk class with Julia Pauer, 11 AM - 1 PM

  • Lunch get together at Auroville

  • Party at Pondicherry (Venue, Time & entry info, soon)

(Alternatively you can also explore the beautiful little town on your own. Read below for more suggestions)

 

Bonjour! 

 

Don’t be surprised if you are greeted with a “bonjour comment ça va?” by a native Pondicherrian, but not to worry, you are still in India, albeit with a French touch.


Thanks to its colonial past and laid-back lifestyle, Pondicherry has a special ambiance quite unlike any other city. The French influence combined with the local Tamil culture make for a charming mix. In the “French Quarter” many street names are displayed in both French and Tamil on characteristic blue enamel boards similar to the ones used in France. The broad stone paved roads and colonial buildings of the ”French Quarter” take you back in time to a more tranquil era. Sometimes Pondicherry is romantically referred to as the ‘French Riviera of the East’.

 

The combination of Tamil and French cultures, the backdrop of colonial streetscapes, the spiritual aura and the many people settled here from different Indian states and countries make Pondicherry an interesting and exotic place to discover. There’s something for everyone. - source Zoom Pondy

 

Suggestions PLACES TO STAY :

(prices with breakfast, single & double sharing respectively, in INR)

  • Le Beach                              (1250; 1400)

  • Bouvana Residency                (1600; 2100)

  • Hotel Karai                           (1850; 2100)

  • Hotel Annamalai International (3250; 3950)

  • Hotel De Pondicherry             (3450; 3950)

  • Hotel Shenbaga                    (3750; 3850)

The info is provided by our travel partner, vacation feast.

Please contact, Mr. Vittal at +91 98403 06383 for bookings

 

Suggestions THINGS TO DO

  • Scuba Diving - Temple Adventures

  • Surfing - Kallialay Surf School

  • Sailing/Speed Boat Ride - Pondy Nautic

  • Heritage Walk -http://www.intachpondicherry.org/heritagewalk.php

  • Pondy Cycle Tour - Sita Cultural Center

  • Watsu (Water based Therapy) - Dune Eco Village & Spa & Quiet Healing Center

 

Suggestions PLACES TO VISIT & SHOPPING :

  • Manakula Vinayagar Temple 

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram 

  • Aurobindo Paper Factory 

  • Matrimandir (Auroville)

  • Auroville Visitors Centre 

  • Kalinka (Art Gallery) 

  • My Tibet 

  • LAL - LivingArt Lifestyles 

  • Street Shopping - Nehru Street. Pondicherry

 

Suggestions for RESTAURANT & CAFE

  • La Casita Cafe 

  • Baker Street, Pondicherry

  • ZUKA

  • Kasha Ki Aasha

  • Café des Arts

  • Crêpe in touch

  • New Banana Café 

  • Le Club Pondicherry (LCP)

  • UMAMI Kitchen

  • La Plancha Pondicherry

  • LB2 Lounge

  • DisDis & Co

  • Bread & Chocolate (Auroville)

The best / cheapest way to commute in and around Pondicherry is to rent a scooter or bicycle. Auto Rickshaw is an option too but don't forget to BARGAIN !! You can also spend entire afternoon taking a walk on the serene Ashram Area and White town of Pondicherry. 

 

Written by Kash Timmers, La Casita, Pondicherry & editted by Arun Srinivasan

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