We chanced upon this phenomenal place while browsing the internet, looking for places offering water-sports activities, while we were vacationing in Pondicherry.
Mahalakshmi, promptly answered our call and gave us an array of options to choose from. She also arranged for a call back to confirm if the sea conditions were fit for Kayaking, which we were quite keen to do.
About 60+ km ahead of Pondicherry, towards Mahabalipuram is a spectacular place named Pearl Beach. It is also an upscale private residential area, with bespoke villas and plots for sea-side living.
Following directions given, we rode to 154, Pearl Beach to find Eagle Ray Sports, and were warmly welcomed by Venkat, the owner.
154, Pearl Beach is a beautifully built and equipped villa, with 4 bedrooms having modern furniture and fixtures, a watersports, garage, an outdoor amphitheatre, a swimming pool and a fun slide, and facilities for F&B.
The rooms are given to guests/holidayers at very competitive rates and are value for money.
Eagle Ray Sports operates as a part of the villa's watersports offering, and we were awestruck as the garage was an enthusiast's delight; ATVs, jet skis, kayaks, Hobie sailing boats, power boats, scuba diving equipment, and much more!
Soon Venkat, the owner briefed us on all the basics of kayaking, as we put on our life vests and familiarised ourselves with the bright orange FeelFree branded recreational twin-seater beach kayak. Being an avid water-sports professional himself, he joined us as we prepared for our exciting beach/sea kayaking session.
The beach is a short 2 minute walk within the residential area and is clean, wide and beautiful! The bay of Bengal was shimmering blue as we took on the waters with gusto, late afternoon.
It was a delight, as we even happened to chance upon a few dolphins frolicking in the waters a little ahead in the sea! A real sight!
In about an hour's time, we were filled with enough memories to fill our hearts and write a book, and the experience was truly surreal! We relaxed on the beach as we watched the sun go down and enjoyed the sounds of waves and seagulls, breathing in nature's beauty.
A brief while later, we walked back to the villa and refreshed ourselves in one of the rooms, to be served some lovely home-made buttermilk by them.
We whole-heartedly thank Venkat and his team for the wonderful experience. The warm hospitality, professional conduct, and the sheer number of activities on offer all put together in a pristine, un-touched locale is a recipe not many can offer. We sure will like to come back soon and spend more time, exploring the beauty of the sea with Eagle Ray Sports!
Highly recommended; do not think twice if you wish to do water-sports / stay in a private luxury villa in/near Pondicherry. 154, Pearl Beach and Eagle Ray Sports have a superb facility providing stellar experiences to water-sports enthusiasts which one MUST visit.
We would rate them a Full 10/10.