Exploring Pondicherry: The art of doing nothing in India’s French town

‘Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops’ Kellie Elmore

 Is Pondicherry part of your India travel plan yet? Trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss this one. The quaint little white town colloquially called as Pondi lures people with its old-world mannerisms. Though, it is a popular holiday destination from Bangalore and Chennai, rest of the country flocks this town as much.

Travelling to Pondicherry was part of our elaborate tour to the South of India on Royal Enfield. We rode from Bangalore to Pondicherry, took around eight hours. It was pretty much a straight ride except mini food & photography breaks. Passing through some scenic Tamil Nadu wildernesses, we reached the town late evening.

My first impression of Pondi, was of a charmingly sleepy laidback town that inspires you to slow down and soak in each moment. Pondicherry is a superb confluence of Tamil and French culture, with a lot of locals who understand French quite well. It is divided into two parts French quarters and the old town (Tamil Quarters), the latter seems to be about four times bigger in size. The town is bursting with colours as you look around bright mustard, peach, tangerine and the whites with bougainvillea.

The French quarters as the name already suggests, promises to give you a taste of France in mostly everything you lay your eyes on. A walk around here feels surreal and very picturesque with European-style streets, colonial villas with big compound walls, a promenade, perpendicular roads, café’ and bakeries. They say, this is as close as you can get to experiencing French culture in India.

The best way of exploring this French town is by slow travelling and going on many aimless and leisurely walks.

Where to stay – The Promenade 

The picture gallery for your viewing:

Enroute to Pondicherry 

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The white at night

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The beach road – Perfect for coffee, cake and stroll

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Rocky Beach

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The royal ride at the beach

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Paradise Beach

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The iconic Auto and The Man

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French Quarters

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