Looking for a European experience within our own country? How about hopping on towards Puducherry (earlier known as Pondicherry) which till 1954 was a French colony and which still retains a piece of distinctly French ambiance and culture. Located 162km south of Chennai, Puducherry is a serene town located on the southern coast of India and has become one of the favourite vacation destinations in South India and a definite weekend getaway from Chennai or Bengaluru.
The credit of holding onto the French culture goes to the location population where you would find individuals speaking fluent French. From French cuisine options to their beautiful streets and bars, cafes, and churches to the unspoilt stretch of beaches, this place has everything you would want to make your trip very different with the best flavours of French.
Have a walk alongside the promenade beach and witness sunrise with waves crashing down the shore. Next in line are the streets lined with pretty yellow houses in the White town – a small locality located beside the sea and offering some of the best tourist locations of Puducherry ranging from old churches to Joan of Arc statue, French War Memorial, Old Lighthouse, Gandhi Statue, Beach Road, and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Rent a bicycle or just walk around the pretty lanes and explore the French architecture and local arty cafes.
Get in the dark academic vibes while exploring the gothic French architecture of churches in Puducherry. Visit once the Aurobindo Ashram and engage in your spiritual peace through meditation. Near to the town is the beautiful township Auroville. Built with the motive of peace and harmony, it is home to a community from different nationalities. End your evening at Serenity Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Pondicherry with its pristine golden sands fringed by lovely palm trees.
If you are worried about the accommodation options, one of the best hotels in Pondicherry is Ginger Pondicherry which offers 94 smarty furnished modern rooms on a compact budget and is conveniently located close to the airport and railway station.