After a day in Tanjour, I proceeded with my journeys to Ponducherry and I had to take a train to Villipurum, the station I could not pronounce the name and after I had to find a local bus station. Well I found the bus station and nobody really spoke English and the buses had all names in Tamil language and even when I got it that the bus goes to Ponducherry, I had to hop on right on the go to bus with my suitcase :). That was fun and when I got into the bus after half an hour and probably missing a couple of them, I got the looks like I arrived from the moon and I am an alien J. After an hour ride with open windows and loud sounds of horn, bright sun our way we arrived to Ponducherry.
A quick ride on the auto and I was at my guesthouse, which I had to book a month in advance. This time I felt I am on the moon. After spending more then a week in India, I was really blown away by a completely new side of India – the French side. I also had to admit I stayed in one of the best parts of Pondicherry, very tourist side :).
Here is the bit information on the history of Pondicherry from wiki.
Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry /ˌpɒndɨˈtʃɛri/, is a Union Territory of India formed out of four enclaves of former French India and named after the largest, Pondicherry.
The Tamil name is புதுச்சேரி (Puducherry), which means “New Town”. Historically known as Pondicherry (Pāṇṭiccēri), the territory changed its official name to Puducherry (Putuccēri) in 2006. It is also known as “The French Riviera of the East” (La Côte d’Azur de l’Est).
There is a very sweet message when you enter the tourist side of Ponducherry: “Give time a break” and that is how I felt there, giving a time break. Also staying by the seashore made it very easy with a lot of cute boutiques, nice places to eat and menus in French. In a way I felt for a week like in Fairytale my two favorite things came together in one place: French language and India.
Let’s the photos tell you the rest.
Art exhibitions on the streets.
Something very respectful and peaceful about Ponducherry air and wall messages.