Pondicherry: The French loved this place….

And am sure u would too… With perfect sea, sand & sun- who wouldnt?…
Located about 150 Kms from Chennai- Pondicherry was a French occupied city & there are still a lot of French influence in the culture there. Nothing stands out as prominent as the strange hats of the policemen there:-)

The Drive from Chennai to Pondicherry is amazing on the wonderful ECR (East Coast Road)- with the highway running parallel to the sea for most part of it.

Most tourists to Pondicherry are attracted by the famous Aurobindo Ashram, but my fave excuse was brunch at Rendevous. Do check out the two famous Churches there- some inspiring architecture & stained glass work.

Other snaps of Pondicherry

Rocky Mountain High …… n a fort on top !!

Gingee is a place worth spending a day just admiring the efforts taken by the rich rajahs to build a palace (would rather not call it a fort) in such difficult terrain.

The Gingee fort is spread over some 3 hills… the climb which looks easy..can be tough during a typical bright sunny day… so carry ur fluid supplements:-)

Backwater Mangroves?? in TN ?? U sure?

Yes… and I am told that this is the only “other” place in India apart from the Sunderbans to have backwater Mangroves…

Whats fascinating is to see the vegetation just jutting out of water…& the close mesh these stems (or whatever it is thats above the water surface) make.
This place is Pechavarram… which is beyond the temple town of ‘Chidambaram’.
U can enjoy a leisurely boat ride amongst the mangroves… & the numerous channels (some of which are natural…but mostly man-made)