Eight things to do in Pondicherry
Pondicherry is the capital of the Union Territory of Puducherry in India. Also known as one of the cleanest places, Pondicherry is the French city of the nation. Captured by many European colonies in the past, Pondicherry has absorbed some of its culture which is displayed in the city in the form of arts and infrastructures.
There is an influx of tourists every year in this city due to a variety of adventurous activities and the glamorous landscape the city has to offer. Here are some of the must dos when in this union territory.
- Strolling at Promenade beach
The city has some of the cleanest beaches and having a leisurely stroll as you blend in the soothing peaceful atmosphere is one thing you must try. The beach also offers a stunning view of the sunset which lights up the sky into a colourful stretch of open space.
- Paradise Beach island
This beach offers some of the amazing water activities and a stunning view as you go on for a boat ride to the Chunnambar river which has a beautiful landscape fitted with the backwaters of the city.
- Ousteri Lake Bird watching
Ousteri lake is a century old artificial lake made by man known for its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The lake is currently an important wetland of Asia by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Many migratory birds have been recorded throughout the year, especially birds like golden oriole, open-bill stork, tailor bird, painted stork, white ibis, white-breasted water-hen and spotted owlets visit the water-body migrate to this lake during the onset of winter.
- Scuba diving
Though it may seem that the beaches are not clean from afar. There are some spots where water is suitable for adventurous activities like scuba diving which offers a wide range of marine life currently present in the coastal line of Pondicherry. Marine life recorded at the coral reefs include Angelfish, Bannerfish, Blennies, Lionfish, Moray Eels, Stingrays and a bountiful more. Pondicherry is also annually blessed with the gentle giants – the Whale Sharks. This makes your scuba diving experience worth every penny.
- Water sports at Karaikal Beach
Karaikal beach is known for its water sport activities thus attracting adventure enthusiasts towards the water to experience an adrenaline rush. Activities such as boating, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, backwater sailing are available. Overnight camping by the beach is another option if you love to lay down on the sand and count the stars above.
- Exploring the streets
Surely, you may want to go to France and enjoy its culture and food. Pondicherry which is known as the French colony of the nation might just give you a head start. Pick a coloured bicycle of your choice and explore the streets of Pondicherry as you discover the French architecture and stop by to have some delicious street food and coconut water to stay hydrated.
Known as the City of Dawn, Auroville has a strange yet unique culture. It is occupied by people who come from different parts of the globe living in harmony. The red mud and greenery makes it easier to spot. Right in the middle of this futuristic village is the Matri Mandir, a huge golden sphere at the centre has a great crystal which is the main tourist attraction.
- Nerve wrecking sports
Activities like paintball, zorbing, quad biking are other fun experiences that one can partake in while in Pondy. There is also an option for archery and bungee jumping.