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Old 7th September 2013, 19:27   #1
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Three months, well by any standards that's a bit unfair on me to be tied down at home. I was itching for a drive. Growing up kids means you need to respect their schedules. Finally, I was granted a three day break in August by them. Three days was too short for me to drive too far. The search for a location ended up in our friendly neighborhood Pondy.

Pondicherry, the place we have visited innumerable times, but never saw her beauty. All trips ended up with visiting our contacts and saw what they wanted to show us about Pondy. I wanted a stealth drive, I wanted no one to know we will be there, I wanted to see her beauty, and three days I wanted just for ourselves.

From the moment we zeroed in on Pondy, I got the bookings done and the drive plan worked out. We wanted to see Pondy for her beauty, for her French culture, for her beaches and most important of all food, and some cool fun!

Weather forecast said it would be intermittently raining at Pondy, which meant cool breeze, and that greatly added to the charm of the drive.

And thus after three long months, after our Kumarakom drive in May, Civvy got to get out of Bangalore chaos, and oh boy! it was indeed a fun drive.

Civvy at Pondicherry
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The Plan

Day 01 : August 09, 2013 - Bangalore - Kanchipuram - Kalpakkam - Pondicherry (460KM)
Day 02 : August 10, 2013 - Pondicherry
Day 03 : August 11, 2013 - Pondicherry - Pichavaram - Chidambaram - Salem -Bangalore (490 KM)

We started from Bangalore by 02:00 hours on Day 01 and reached back home on Day 03 by 21:30 hours.

A total of 950KMs, three days and loads of fun!

We were booked at Big Beach Resort, near to Cuddalore and mighty impressed with the resort, especially the variety of food.


The GPS trail of the drive

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The drive plan (We love to do loop drives)
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Civvy after a refreshing drive in the rains
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Civvy at Kalpakkam Beach
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Fisherman at the estuary near Kalpakkam beach
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We visited Alamparai Fort

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The back waters near Alamparai Fort
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I always wanted a fairy tale, but I have a great partner who is the enabler of my dreams

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Great daughters too , Our PPGs

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And a great companion for our drives
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We visited French Beach
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My Girls
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Tsunami has still left its mark here
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And we arrive at Pondicherry
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We parked Civvy at Goubert Avenue

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The place had an old world charm!
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My Girls at Goubert Avenue
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Jr. PPG enjoying the breeze
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She was not the only one enjoying the breeze
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Pondicherry War Memorial

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The Promenade
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Old Light House

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Place de la Republicque
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Gandhi Statue
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This picture best describes the laid back nature of Pondy
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French War Memorial
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Le Cafe
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The Town Hall, apparently a hotel, which now looks like a deserted place
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The Town Hall
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Eglise de notre Dame des Agnes

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PPGs near Notre Dames Church

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Goubert Avenue
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Isn't the Avenue beautiful?
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Wifey enjoying the Avenue
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Another view of Goubert Avenue

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Alliance Francaise
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We went to La Terrasse for lunch
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We were greeted by a cute puppy!
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Jr. PPG gets her Italian Firewood Pizza
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I continuously searched for the beef in my beef stake

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Sr. PPG gets a Sizzler

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La Terrasse is an avoidable adventure!

My trust in Lonely Planet Guide book have long been broken. The experience at this restaurant solidified the same. Especially from 12th Edition to 14th edition of Lonely Planet India guide book, I find their facts questionable, narration to be rather annoying and a tasteless dig at readers. I am annoyed more since there were Indian editors too for the guide book, and they should have at least tried taming down their theories about India!

Joseph Francois Dupleix Statue at Dupleix Park
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He had a nice little butterfly for company

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PPGs at the Pier
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A panorama near the Pier

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Some French architecture as we walked through the French Colony
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Yellow seemed to be the most favored theme
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This seemed to be a school
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Orange too
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Hey! Blue too!
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Oh! Red too!
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Now, this avenue is quite colorful!
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Le Duplex

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Deep Orange
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I would definitely like to make my house this way!
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Orange is back

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French Consulate
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A structure at Bharati Park
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Church of the Lady of Immaculate Conception
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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple
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Joan of Arc statue in Joan of Arc park
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Tree lined Vysial Avenue
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Back to Goubert Avenue
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Sacred Heart Church

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Sacred Heart Church and MG road
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Pondicherry Railway Station
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We went to Botanical Garden in search of Life of Pi fame Richard Parker, only to find this guy!
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There were tiny sharks too for company
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This Shiny guy was a bit shy!
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This note got our attention! Yes, this week was the food festival at Pondy
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We reached our resort, it was beautiful
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The path to the beach

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We were already on our way to the beach
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The beach near our resort

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Jr. PPG was happy with the beach

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The resort was all set for the evening
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The dinner was amazing and there was absolutely no need to get out for the food festival, it was a delicious feat here at the resort!
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We had a nice breakfast
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Interesting
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Life was as usual for the boatman

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Flowers wet in the night rain
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Another variety
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Beautiful
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PPGs took to Cycling
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PPGs at the beach
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Oh boy! How we love beaches!
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The first time I ever tried swimming in the sea
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Lunch was interesting too, Curd rice with an amazing collection of pickles
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Appam with Stew

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After lunch, I took to cycling

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It takes around 30 odd minutes to do a full round of the resort!
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I stopped by to enjoy some beautiful flowers too
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PPGs were at the activity center making kites for the Kite flying event
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We enjoyed the pool till sunset, the pool side restaurant kept refreshing us
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Dinner was interesting too
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Wow, Squid butter fried and Fish in Oyster Sauce! Lovely
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A few of the desserts

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Night was young with guests dancing to a DJ. This one was the lungi dance
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Simple breakfast
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Onion oothappam
after a long while for me
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We saw a star fish
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We visited Pichavaram

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Pichavaram mangrove forests
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We took a row boat for an hour
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Pichavaram is the second largest mangrove in the world
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We visited Chidambaram Sri Natarajar Temple
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We had our dinner at McD on our return
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We reached home back by 21:30 hours, after a fun filled trip!
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I will update the day wise accounts with some more details of the places soon.

Please bear with me for the copy rights on the pictures. It is like once bitten twice shy for me. I was recently a bit unhappy about some one making a brochure for their tour operations in Leh Ladakh from the pictures I had uploaded for TBHP readers. I am not such a wonderful photographer, nor do I think I can make it big with my pictures. All I needed was a simple phone call or a chat message before they used that. I felt bad about it.

Now if you are wondering what this India From the Front Seat is all about. It is just that I have collected all the links to my travelogues I wrote in TBHP ( I do not write anywhere else) in a FB page, so that I can connect with non members as well. I have got quite a few friends that way too

Thanks much for the understanding and reading my logs.
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Wow! Wonderful pics and crisp narration. Even I had been to Pondicherry couple of months back, way its been captured and portrayed here feels like going back and visiting again.

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