A part of India that still breathes France, Puducherry (also known as, Pondicherry) is an Indian union territory that seems to have strayed off time’s path, in a rather pleasant way of course. Divided into two quarters, one predominantly Gallic and another Tamil, Puducherry is also a unique opportunity for you to experience two distinct cultures thriving side by side. Blessed with a laidback air, a tranquil oceanfront, neatly laid out streets flanked by colonial and traditional Tamilian mansions, and a number of boutique shops and fancy restaurants, the town gives you a much-needed break from your hectic days in the city.read more
While you do not need any convincing to visit this quaint town, you may want to weigh your stay options. Regular humdrum hotels don’t offer much by way of experience, which is why properties like boutique stays are your temporary vacation abodes. Featuring fewer rooms compared to hotels, these lodgings make for far cosier living spaces and offer personalised attention with better services and facilities at lower prices. And since most of these serviced accommodations are managed by locals, the insights that you can gain from the owners and the staff about the town can add tremendously to your experience.
Whether you wish to stay in the older part of the town that is largely French or in the newer, more Tamilian quarter, you can easily find a vacation rental property according to your own taste and preferences. Options abound in White Town (the French quarter by the sea) and you can find a spacious boutique boarding along St. Laurent Street, Goubert Avenue, Rue Romain Rolland, Rue Dumas, Beach Road, Suffren Street, and Caserne Street.
Mahatama Gandhi Road, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, and Lal Bahadur Shastri Street (or Bussy Street) make the main thoroughfares across Puducherry and you can find boutique stays along these streets as well. In the Tamil quarter, you can choose from staying around the Indira Gandhi Square or along Sri Aurobindo Street.
One of the most popular attractions in Puducherry is Auroville, a concept township located a few kilometres away from the town. Designed to allow people from all parts of the world to live in harmony, irrespective of cast, creed, and religion, Auroville largely lives to its purpose and draws visitors from near and far. Should you wish to experience this unique township up close and personal, book yourself a comfortable stay in Auroville near Puducherry.