Planning a Trip to Auroville & Pondicherry?
2020 hasn’t been the best of year for travels but hey better late than never. Since, the toughest year of our lives is about to end, let’s close the year in style.
But how exactly to do that? Well, by planning a trip with your loved ones to the super cosy beaches of Pondicherry (Puducherry) and peaceful trails of the only city of its kind Auroville.
When life gives you a lemon, make a lemonade and in a situation like that last year we planned a girls time out from our hectic full time jobs. Amrit and I along with my best friend for the last 30 years planned a five day trip to Pondicherry and Auroville.
Guess what? It was a loooooott of fun!!
We took two flights to reach Chennai airport and then from there we drove to reach our hotel (Shenbaga Hotel, Pondicherry) and obviously we were too tired to do anything. We just took our beauty sleep and woke up to explore the new world.
We headed to Auroville.
Auroville is an experimental township and only one of its kind in the entire world ( You bet! ).
In the words of founder Mirra Alfassa “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.”
The highlight of the town is the Matrimandir which is an architectural marvel of its kind. There are beautiful trails, forest, organic cafes, organic farms and canteens and residential space for the residents. This town accommodates thousands of people from over 50 countries.
How amazing is that?
We also spent some time at Solitude Cafe, Sauce n toss also and La Boutique d’ Auroville. Auroville will leave a mark on your soul with its serenity.
Well, Day 3 and 4 were reserved for Pondicherry. We went for exploring White Town in Pondicherry. We had some delicious breakfast at Hot Breads and they made me a vegan burger as well. Yaaaay!!!
White Town is a calm place with friendly people. The entire place has a serene vibe. This place is best explored over foot. Cafe de Arts is a beautiful cafe with visually appealing ambience and a boutique as well. White Town has lots of amazing places to eat and hang out.
If you love to see nature in all its glory then you should make it a point to see this beach. The beach is untouched in a way since one has to hop on a boat, travel through backwaters to reach the beach.
Well, a heavenly ride to reach the paradise I would say. You should make it a point to visit this beach when you’re in Pondicherry.
Roaming around on trails of Auroville and streets of Pondicherry with our girl gang recharged our batteries for fighting the world. Next day we packed our bags with lots of memories and headed home!