Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues > Route / Travel Queries


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd May 2007, 08:17   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 445 Times
Default Pondy Trip. Ideas required.

Hi
I am planning to take my family for a trip to pondicherry this weekend. This is the first time I am going to Pondy after almost 18 years. I would appreciate if anyone who has been there recently could guide me on the good stuff there (i know alcohol is cheap ). My sons are eager for a boat trip, beach etc.

Also regarding the route, I am in Koyambedu & would like to know if there is any route without cutting right across the city.
Thanks

Last edited by esteem_lover : 22nd May 2007 at 08:18.
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 08:55   #2
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 191
Thanked: Once
Default

Have you already booked? Finding a nice place to stay can sometimes be the hardest thing. And I'm not sure if you'll get beach and boat rides if you stay near the Promenade.
wizardofid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 09:42   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
kpzen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Faridabad
Posts: 5,545
Thanked: 1,598 Times
Default

Please get the thread title changed to Pondicherry
kpzen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 09:48   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 445 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wizardofid View Post
Have you already booked? Finding a nice place to stay can sometimes be the hardest thing. And I'm not sure if you'll get beach and boat rides if you stay near the Promenade.
Booking is not yet confirmed. Somebody is trying that. I would like to know of any fun place to hang out with the family. I can always drive to wherever the fun things are.
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 09:56   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
mail4ajo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 1,834
Thanked: 222 Times
Default

Try the hotel just opp the Gandhi Mandapam on the beach, Hotel Ajantha Sea View? You get the cool breeze of the sea and booze is good too. Book in Advance.
Check The Official Website for Tourism Department-Government Of puducherry. Has all details of things to do in Pondy. Enjoy pannae.
mail4ajo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 10:44   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
akroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 2,414
Thanked: 29 Times
Default

I went to Pondy twice and both the times I prefered Banyan Beach Resort which is on ECR about 10km frm Pondy center. I liked the resort and the food.

Abhi
akroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 11:04   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 445 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by akroy View Post
I went to Pondy twice and both the times I prefered Banyan Beach Resort which is on ECR about 10km frm Pondy center. I liked the resort and the food.

Abhi
could you give me details regarding the room rates etc please ?
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 11:06   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
badboyscad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: TN
Posts: 1,443
Thanked: 153 Times
Default

hey..im from pondy..if you dont want to cut across the city then i would recommend taking the by-pass(road is really good) to tindivanam and then to pondy..lots of neat hotels available now a days..if you want to stay by the sea shore then, ajantha or banyan beach resort or some other resort along side ECR(near auroville) are advisable..regarding the boat ride, you might have to go to nonnankuppam backwaters boathouse(cuddalore road)..you can enjoy the beach in auroville(about 8 to 12 kms from pondy city in ECR), pondy city beach is heavily crowded now as it is vacation season..if you are planning to stay in the city then u may choose between annamalai international, jayaram hotel, anandha inn or ram international...any other queries, please feel free..
badboyscad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 11:11   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
akroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 2,414
Thanked: 29 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by esteem_lover View Post
could you give me details regarding the room rates etc please ?
You can give a call and enquire your needs/queries
Phone number: 04132234866
Address: Kuttakupam, Off ECR Road, TN

I went on March 2005 and Sept 2005. Both the time the rate was Rs 600 / day for a cottage (non AC). In a cottage you get a double room with TV and attached Bath.

Abhi
akroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd May 2007, 11:41   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 445 Times
Default

Thanks abhi. I will try contacting them too.

Thanks ajo for the link, pretty useful too.
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2007, 14:44   #11
BHPian
 
saurabh711's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 100
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

You can even drive to Kailash Beach Resort, it is some 20+ kms after Pondicherry but is a nice and quiet place with some influence of French Architecture. It has its own private beach. The rates are a little high around Rs. 1500+ for a double room.

There is also Ashok Beach Resort some 10-12 kms before Pondicherry which is also pretty good, you can call them and make a reservation.
saurabh711 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2007, 15:29   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 445 Times
Default

saurabh, how is the beach in kailash. Is it clean, is it private ?From what you say, it sounds good to me. Is it good for a family hangout ?
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2007, 18:54   #13
BHPian
 
diwa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: chennai
Posts: 271
Thanked: 39 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by esteem_lover View Post
saurabh, how is the beach in kailash. Is it clean, is it private ?From what you say, it sounds good to me. Is it good for a family hangout ?
Kailash Beach resort - [url="http://www.kailashbeachhotel.com/"]www.kailashbeachhotel.com

The place is really good and clean. Nice place for a family hangout. But the food sucks. Booze is expensive here.

I was there for a weekend a few months back. The place is always packed on the weekends. This place is on Pondy - Cudlore route.
diwa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2007, 21:22   #14
BHPian
 
spetnaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 83
Thanked: Once
Default

Looks like you are almost done with the planning, but be wary of the sun. The last time I went to Pondy on a summer day, I got sun-burns. I kid you not. Of course, I did quite a bit of driving (2 wheelers) et al, but the upper skin in my hands were a horrible sight the next weeks. Net-net - watch out the sun!
spetnaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd May 2007, 21:51   #15
BHPian
 
pugram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chennai
Posts: 271
Thanked: 36 Times
Default

Hi EL,

If you like lots of twists and turns/planning to start early and like some good early morning scenery, please take the ECR. No doubts about it. But you have to cross the city. But again, starting early, this should not be a problem

If you like straight stretches, then take the Tindivanam route to pondy on the Golden Quadrilateral and is relatively free in the mornings, though the same cannot be said about the evenings. Absolutely nothing to see (read - scenery) but the beautiful Golden quadrilateral stretching from Perungalathur to Tindivanam.

Sorry No idea about resorts / beaches in pondy

Hope you enjoy your stay there
pugram is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
One day trip to nearby place in Bangalore-Need ideas. snaronikar Route / Travel Queries 24 31st May 2014 00:48
New Year 2011 - Chennai - Pondy - Pichavaram - Pondy - Chennai Funda Travelogues 6 26th February 2011 16:27
Chennai - Pondy- Chidambaram Trip with photos narayan Travelogues 3 29th January 2011 11:01
Bangalore-Tirupathi-Pondy viper316 Travelogues 11 29th February 2008 02:03
Is this the right time to pondy? Chetu Route / Travel Queries 9 9th August 2007 10:47


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 09:17.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks