Dated – April, 2011
Elections in Tamil Nadu. Two long peaceful days stretching ahead of us and we were without a plan. They say the best trips happen without a plan to constrain them. So S and I woke up at a very lazy hour, threw in a few things and dragged ourselves to one of our favourite places for lunch. The idea was to reach Pondicherry somehow and then well..just reach I guess.
Stuffed with some lip-smackin’ food and siesta on our minds, we reached the bus stop. The one thing I really like about Chennai is excellent public transport. Rarely any creeps and mostly a lot of welcome space. So we made ourselves comfortable for a 3 hour long journey. Me with a book and sunshine with music. I would recommend this mode of transport for those who are not too bent on luxury. For those who own a car and those with some extra cash to spend, you can avoid. 🙂 The way to Pondicherry is extremely scenic. That and music on the pod, a good book and my favourite company for the roads – it all adds up well.
I have been to Pondicherry many-a-times, and each time was for a different reason. Some I could tell you, some I can’t. 😉 This time there was none. We checked into the Park Guest House managed by Aurobindo Ashram. If you get a place here, there’s really nowhere else that you should bother to stay. For an extremely moderate amount, you get a sea facing room with a balcony and a view to die for. You can walk your way to most places as it is bang on the beach road.
Details –Park Guest House,Managed by Aurobindo AshramNon AC room – Rs. 600They don’t take phone bookings or online reservations and have a curfew of 10:30 pm. From bus stop, auto should charge 30 bucks to take you there.