Pondicherry beaches are a must visit ones in Tamil Nadu, their brilliant colours radiating all over the city is a lovely sight to behold. Their long eternal shores dotted with few stalls and lots of foreign tourists basking in the sun will give you a feel of entering into a western nation. These beaches are touched with a tint of Anglo-French culture.
With a coast line of 32 kms, well-planned French Boulevard town, palm-fringed beaches, resorts, backwaters, water sports centre, fishing villages, harbour, the pier, the famous Aurobindo Ashram, the international city of Auroville, world-renowned Yoga centres and other attractions, Pondicherry is the ideal place to spend your holidays with your family. There's something for every one.
The origin of Pondicherry is buried in legends. According to one view, the town was once called Vedapuri and was a seat of Vedic culture, and the abode of Sage Agastya. Prof. Jonvean Dubrouil, the French archeologist believes that the Ashram of Agastya was on the very spot where the main building of Sri Aurobindo Ashram stands today.
Remnants of an ancient port town have been excavated at Arikamedu, 6 kms from Pondicherry town, clearly proving that it had trade connections with Rome and Greece, around the period 100 BC and 100 AD.
Pondicherry continued to flourish even during the Chola period, as the discovery of the Chola coins from the eleventh and twelfth centuries indicate. These Chola coins and the artefacts from the excavations at Arikamedu can be viewed in the Pondicherry Museum.
By Air, there are daily flights between Puducherry's domestic airport and Bengaluru, barring Wednesdays. A flight operated by Air India leaves Bengaluru at 3:35 and arrives in Pondicherry at 4:35. The flight home leaves at 4:55 and arrives at 5:55. The flight lasts for one hour nonstop. From the domestic and international airports in Chennai, Trichy, or Bengaluru, visitors can easily drive down. Road travel takes only a few hours from Chennai (151 km) and Trichy (203 km), but it takes a little longer from Bangalore (307 km).
By Rail, there is daily access to Villupuram, Chennai, and Tirupathi. Other cities including Kolkatta, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Mangalore, and Kanyakumari are connected by a weekly train, while tri-weekly trains link Pondicherry to Bangalore and Mumbai.
BY ROAD - There is no doubt that roads offer the best connectivity. Every day, numerous buses go between Chennai and Bangalore. Pondy also provides hop-on, hop-off local buses as well as air-conditioned, multi-axle luxury buses for overnight travel to Hyderabad (784 km). As an alternative, one may just reserve a taxi or a coach for any of the aforementioned locations.