Pondicherry is a rather shy place that prefers to stay away from glaring headlights. You may not find its mention in the list of top Indian destinations but its unassuming persona is perhaps its greatest strength. Most tourists come to this part of South India with little expectations but those who do, get rewarded with a quiet but fulfilling holiday. For its laidback sleepy feel, for its amazing cultural presence and for its age-old museums and quiet water bodies, this town really stands out from the rest of the country.
There are many great places to visit in Pondicherry. One of them is the Church of Our Lady. Churches have a tendency to attract people since most of them have Gothic wooden doors and an architecture which smells nostalgically of the 16th century. Though, there is a good bunch of churches in the city, this one takes the cherry.
As for temples, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple of Lord Ganesha is the real deal. Do check it out even if you are not much into religion. It will leave you with some spellbinding images.
Pondicherry has beaches and that is where its laidback personality earns the maximum points. The sea is calm as Pondicherry itself though it does flutter things up with a couple of waves every few minutes. Swimming on these waters is one of the most relaxing top things to do in Pondicherry. But for someone who doesn’t know how to swim, a splash in the water and a walk on the shore will be great alternatives.
A visit To Auroville, a town in the outskirts, is also recommended. It is not only scenically beautiful but has art centers and galleries which you can explore and where you can learn.
Don’t take us wrong when we say that today’s youths are getting too fast for their own good. But when you are in Pondicherry, perhaps you will prefer traditional music and dance over those hip-hop night clubs. The food is good, as is the case with every South Indian city, and will be served as warm as the people itself.
So, the next time you’re looking for a short holiday stint, do keep this article of ours in mind.