I traveled to Pondicherry with a friend during the fourth weekend of September. Pondy, as the town is affectionately called, sits along the Indian South coast, facing the Bay of Bengal. It was a French colony since 1674 until 1954. Today, it is the capital of the territory of Puducherry. Compared to most towns in India, Pondy is a haven of tranquility. After sunset, Beach road is closed to cars and it becomes a pleasant street to walk.

Most of the town’s main sights date from the French era, particularly the Catholic Churches.

The main Hindu temple in town is Sri Manakula Vinayagar dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Make sure to look up and see the beautiful mural painted in the ceiling.

On our way back to the airport, we decided to make a brief stop in Auroville, one of the biggest ashrams of India. I didn’t know what to expect about this place, but it turned out to be very interesting. There, you can  take a look at the Matrimandir, which architecture is very impressive. If you plan ahead, you can even book some time to meditate inside. My favorite spot was the beautiful Banyan tree in the middle of the complex.

 

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