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“Early morning in the Goubert Avenue”
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Early morning in the Goubert Avenue”
Reviewed 22 June 2011

Mostly known as "The Promenade", this particular place is one of the best place to be in Pondicherry in the early morning. It is quiet and peaceful, you can meet a lot of people jogging or walking in the freshness of the sea breeze. After you walk you can get a hot drink on ta small tea shops, and come back to your hotel, take a shower and begin a good day. If you come back in the evening place becomes crowdy and dirty, it seems so different.

5 Thank emanuelLD
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1 review
“Relaxing Break to Pondicherry”
Reviewed 6 June 2011

It is such a beautiful to visit and relax yourself. Allthough nothing much speacial, but if you really want to relax yourself, hit the highway from chennai and ........ just be there... Pondicherry. A small UT with the influemce of the french Culture that adds to its liveliness.
Auroville has got its own charm and is simply spectacular to be there and then the beaches.....
You cant ask for anything more.

Thank ashpune0107
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Chennai, India
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
31 helpful votes
“Its a place to visit every 2 months”
Reviewed 3 June 2011

According to me this is the best place for everybody to relax for a day or two. I live in chennai but visit this place atleast once every 3 months.

The reason i love this place is because of the resturants and beach.My friends also like this place as you get boose for a very less price compared to chennai.I also suggest all my friends for pondi as i love to be in peace on a weekend after my work.

We generally stay at our friends place and also you can visit Aurobindo Ashram which is very famous all over the world. Sunday its a holiday so if you are planning for Ashram you should come on a week day or a sat.

Over all its fun to be in pondi ...

2 Thank attyboy_29
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A Tripadvisor Member
Reviewed 6 May 2011

Been to Pondicherry in April 2011 for 3 days, was nice.

I took the ECR air con bus from Chennai that cost me Rs 170/- one way to Pondicherry. The much highly advertised ECR high way was not that brilliant to me. Pondicherry main bus stop was very dirty and over crowded, could do with cleaner toilets that sucked.

I stayed at the Full Moon Guest House at Barakath Nagar which was nice and clean. I paid Rs 820/- per day which included air con and a scooter rent for a day. Must admit that the lady Zaheera who is maybe the owner is very friendly and informative. She is a real good host besides she speaks good English and French.

It's a must to have a scooter in this area as it makes travelling much easier around however driving on Indian roads is not that easy as the rules and regulations are sometimes just not there in this state.
Not for faint hearts. Advice you if to get a rickshaw or rent a driver if you are not familiar with driving conditions in South India then renting out a scooter.

Auroville area is very nice place to be and even though I did not go to do any meditation I use to visit this area often as its nice clean and very natural. One does find a load of tourist both westerners and locals visiting this place, got a little backpacker feeling. The vegetarian food around this area or in general in south is excellent and very cheap besides being healthy. Perfect place for people wanting to spend like 2 weeks meditating and doing yoga besides socialising with the same kind of people. If one is looking for these kind of activities then a must to stay in Auroville guest house that I presume must be nice too.

The beach is very long and runs just along the ECR highway. Water visibility is not the best but seems nice to spend time sunbathing. One day I did see some people surfing on the beach but must admit that they were kids and the waves were just not good enough. There is one surf school near the beach area. What put me off is I did venture out on my scooter along the long beach stopping and looking around. Some places of entry were so dirty as there was so much of dirt and smell, whats the municipality doing. Plastic bags and litter can be found around so much.

Along the ECR highway before entering Pondicherry city you can find many antique shops on the road selling real nice genuine stuff that impressed me a lot.

All in one I did have a decent time here after spending 3 days before in Chennai. I would recommend this place to visit.

1 Thank A Tripadvisor Member
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
39 helpful votes
“Great weekend break from Bangalore....”
Reviewed 29 December 2010

This would be our list of must-do things in Pondicherry:
- Stay by the sea side, the view is to die for
- Walk, rather than cycle, specially in the French parts.
- Take a boat ride in Chunnambar and spend hours lazing on the clean, inviting beach. Take a picnic hamper and a beach ball.
- Eat yummy south Indian food at Surguru, go to the main restaurant on Mission street
- Don't miss the pizzas at Le Exctasi, close to Surguru. They have nearly 50 options, both veg and non-veg with some exotic names like Harem, Bismark, Tandizza. The best pizzas I have eaten anywhere in the world...
- Shop at Kalki on Mission street for some exotic Auroville-branded stuff, look for the items on discount.
- Buy branded clothes dirt-cheap on JN Road. Some places you might try are Outfits and La Fiesta.
- Walk on the promenade at dawn and dusk, a vehicle free zone at these times.
- Don't miss the Chola bronze section in the Puducherry museum, they have an amazing collection, a little publicised fact.
- Feed sugarcane to Lakshmi, the elephant at the Vinayagar temple. A must do specially if you have an excited, hyper toddler.
- Visit the lesser known Varadaraja Perumal temple in the Tamil quarter. They have some beautiful French-style pillars inside. Not at all crowded, you can just sit there. The priest has a lovely voice and his musical chants give you goosebumps.
- Try the subs and pastries at Hot Breads.
- Bargain everywhere and ask for discounts, usually works!!

7 Thank rajnav
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