Bounded by the state of Tamil Nadu, the union territory of Pondicherry is an idyllic seaside resort cradled in the south-eastern corner of India. The ambience of the city is intrinsically tied to its history as a former French settlement that is evident in its architecture, food and way of life.
Pondicherry's coastline is what attracts most travellers, making a walk along the breezy Promenade Beach one of the most relaxing experiences. You can head to Paradise Beach sailing along the scenic backwaters from Chunnambar Boat House. If you’re looking for a quiet place to dip your toes in the water while soaking up some sun, visit Veerampattinam Beach. You’ll also find some exciting diving spots, such as Temple Reef and Arvind’s Wall from where you can explore the marine life of the Bay of Bengal.
One of the best ways to familiarise yourself with Pondicherry is to take a vintage bicycle and pedal through the French and Tamil quarters that are full of beautiful churches, tree-lined alleys, and quaint eateries. You can take a spiritual sojourn to the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where you can attend meditation and yoga sessions. You can also spend the day in the universal township of Auroville, exploring its manicured gardens and the Matrimandir – a golden dome that serves as a centre of meditation.