Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Tales of Pondicherry...continued

This is my second post about Pondicherry. Read the first post here.

Being my second visit to the beautiful beach city, I was both curious and nostalgic about this trip. Curious because I wanted to see how city had changed ( or maintained its' old charm) from the time I had visited it 10 years ago; nostalgic because it was the first trip that I had ventured out with my friends alone.

2007 was a time when I had just started earning. With a few bucks in pocket, had set off with my friends to Pondy from Bangalore. Taking a state transport, staying in Ashram guest house (as it was the cheapest) and savouring the French connection either by Tourism Dept. bus or by foot had a charm in itself. Without a camera, I had to capture the beauty of the town in my eyes (of course one friend did possess a digital camera and we did click some pictures). One thing I could ever remember were the neatly laden streets of the French quarters; which compelled me to visit the place for the second time I think.

Now, when I visited in 2016, I was bestowed with all the luxury: the comfort of a flight/ cab, stay at a Heritage hotel, extravagant eateries, a DSLR hanging down my shoulder and the company of my family. But one thing that overshadowed everything was the 'city' itself. It had changed. Nothing looked familiar (except the sea): nor the streets or the buildings.

This post is an attempt to give a glimpse of the city (though I don't intend to present pictures of all important landmarks). These are few places that we, as a family enjoyed spending time around.

A walk through the Goubert Avenue/ the Beach Road...View of the lights during night, didn't dare the picture of the complete street as it was completely packed...



























View of the pier at Rock beach...


























Sunrise at Rock Beach...





























One among the numerous cafes... all decked up for Christmas...





























Wall art at Cafe De Arts...


























The Gothic architecture and the stained glasses of Sacred Heart Church...
















































































































A boat ride through the backwaters to reach the Paradise beach...



























At Paradise beach...



















































Some serious contemplation at Matrmandir, Auroville...


























The less popular but equally beautiful Serenity Beach...


























Hues of orange at Serenity beach...



















































Though these pictures speak a lot about Pondicherry which is crowded now yet beautiful, the real beauty of the place is still intact in my memory!

Theyyam-the dance of the Gods!

Travelling through the narrow roads of Mangalore- Kannur state highway this summer, one sight that could not be missed was the innumerable ...