When I bought my second bike, the Bajaj Avenger, I was already thinking of riding around, and the first trip I made was to Pondicherry (Pudducherry) in Tamil Nadu. Pondicherry is known for the French influence as this place was once colonized by France. The evidences are easy to find such as the street names in French and arrays of French restaurants.

From Bangalore, it’s 313km via Krishnagiri, a 7-hour drive by bike. I left at 7am and reached Pondicherry at 2pm.  It was a weekend holiday and I had a very hard time finding a hotel. It took me more than 3 hours in search of a place to stay. All hotels were full, but before the sun goes down, I found a room in a small hotel nearby the bus station. Not really a good place to stay but I didn’t have choice. So, the lesson learned? Book a hotel before going to Pondicherry when it’s a holiday time.

In my 2-day stay and with the GPS and some help from the locals, I visited Auroville, Matri Mandir, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Promenade, The Sacred Heart Church, Place du Pantheon/Aayi Mandapam and Bharti Park. And the night before I went back to Bangalore, I had a hearty meal in one of the French restaurant near the Promenade.

Here are some pictures of my first Bajaj Avenger Pondicherry trip that I dig from my computer.

pondicherry Place du Panthéon / Aayi mandapam

This monument is the emblem of the Government of Pondicherry, previously called as La Place du Panthéon and later change into Aayi mandapam.

pondicherry-Bharti park

Bharti Park is the park surrounding the Aayi mandapam.


This is the golden globe in Matri Mandir. You need to walk for several kilometers before you can reach here. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring water bottle. There’s no place to buy water once you started walking.


Promenade - The Pondicherry Beach

The 1.5 km long promenade running along the beach is the pride of Pondicherry. Most of the landmarks are on the sea front: the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Jeanne d’Arc, Duplex, the elegant War Memorial raised be the French, the heritage building “Mairie”, the 27m tall old lighthouse, the circular shaped customs house and Gandhi Thidal. Along the promenade are hotels and restaurants. It’s a good place to hang out at night.


pondicherry-The Sacred-Heart Church

The Sacred Heart Church is one of the churches that French missionaries built in Pondicherry.  The Sacred Heart Church is situated on the south boulevard. It contains rare and beautiful stained glass panels depicting saints and events from the life of Christ.


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