Pondicherry is a place which is always high up on the bucket list of travellers. And why not? Pondicherry boasts of serene beaches, hippie life, french cafes & a touch of spiritual side with Auroville. While the place looks high class & luxurious; one can visit the place with a budget of less than 10k! Don’t believe me? Read on.
How to reach Pondicherry: If you live in Chennai, a round trip bus is just Rs. 800 to Pondicherry & back! There are so many comfortable AC buses from Chennai to Pondicherry, covering the 3 hour journey. You can book your flight, train or bus tickets from all major cities in India. If you’re going from Bangalore, then a train ticket of sleeper class costs only Rs. 260!
Where to stay in Pondicherry: While Pondicherry appeals to the luxurious travellers also, because of the 5-star hotel properties all around including Neemrana; Pondicherry offers great options for the budget travellers as well. In Auroville itself, one can stay in lovely backpacker style hostels for just Rs. 500 per night. The hostels/guest houses are located in Auroville which attracts many foreigners thanks to the free-spirited lifestyle.
One can even find great budget options in the main city as well. There are some beautiful guest houses with a nice sea view for just Rs. 700 per night! Of course the amenities are basic, but it’s an absolute steal for this kind of a budget.
Food: Food at the same guest houses/ hostels costs a nominal Rs. 50- Rs. 150 per meal. Auroville also has some lovely cafes which serve some amazing pizzas at low costs. Being a French style city, there are many bakeries which you will find all over the city which has some amazing food at budget prices! You can even indulge in delicious sea food at restaurants like Tanto Pizzeria, Villa Shanti Cafe Xtasi etc.
Transport: For going about town, the best option is hiring a two wheeler. You will see many foreigners passing by in bikes around town. You only have to pay Rs. 250 per day & petrol can cost around Rs. 100. With the sea breeze and the lovely French style streets & cafes; travelling by bike might be the best option!
Pondicherry offers so much to the visitors, one can spend days here & not get bored! The older part/ White part of Pondicherry is a stark contrast to all the Southern cities & towns. The French style cafes, limestone white walls & Courtyard style hotels offers the travellers a glimpse into the French style of living!
So what are you waiting for? Book your train tickets on Paytm at the cheapest prices, and get packing for your trip.