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Gokarna 2010: Day 1 – Trekking from Kudle -> Om -> Half Moon -> Paradise beach

Date: 27th February, 2010

Four guys. Another trip.

We had already been to Goa and after Thailand, I decided not to waste anymore money in India’s much-hyped party destination. So instead, we decided to head to Gokarna in Uttara Kannada, a coastal town 3 hours before Goa.

Gokarna is actually famous for being a spiritual temple town. But of course, that’s not how most young (& in-the-know) Indians know it.

We thought about driving down but seeing that it was going to be a 10-plus hour drive (453 kms from Bangalore) and that we were only planning on a weekend trip, it seemed like a waste of a day. Train options were slim as well. So we opted for bus, which turns out, is how most people go to Gokarna.

We booked our tickets on RedBus.in and opted for VRL’s buses as the timing and prices suited us. Three of us decided to just spend one night while I decided to stay two nights in Gokarna.

We left on Friday night from our offices, took the Volvo bus to Majestic bus stand and made our way to Anand Rao Circle, which was going to be our pick-up point. We had dinner from nearby and waited for our bus, which finally picked us up at 9:45pm.

The bus was just a standard semi-sleeper (push-back seats below with sleeper beds on top) and we were scheduled to arrive by 8am the next morning.

I tried to sleep in my sleeper bunk but barely managed to as I always find it hard to get sleep in rattling buses.

None the less, we arrived in Gokarna at around 8:45am. The buses stop at the point from where one can take an auto or drive down to the coast. Gokarna maybe a coastal town but the beaches most people want to hang out at are 6kms away from the town.

We hired an auto in which the four of us with our luggage somehow crammed ourselves in. The ride wasn’t comfortable but he was charging us Rs. 100 (which we would later realize is at the lower end of the spectrum).

We got to Kudle beach and the auto driver told us that if we ever needed a ride back to town, we could call him (his name is Jalander, mobile no: (0)97412 69429)

The thing about Kudle beach is, you have to park your vehicle on top and climb down the hill to get to the beach.

Kudle beach car parking area
To the left is the path down to Kudle Beach

We made our way down the steps and finally on to Kudle beach.

Kudle beach shacks
Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Prior to leaving Bangalore, I had asked my friends who had visited Gokarna where to stay and one regular suggested I try Sea Rock Cafe — a place he frequented. So we walked up to the “shack” and asked them if they had rooms. An old man there showed us to the rooms with attached toilets, which were a bit inside.

The rooms pretty much everywhere in Gokarna are basic at best (I’ll write about stay options in detail in a later post). The room we were shown with a fan and attached toilet (& the only one that was available) cost Rs. 300 ($6 – yes, that’s how basic we are talking!). Since the other rooms in that row were occupied and we really needed a place to dump our bags quickly, we took it.

Sea rock cafe room Kudle gokarna
Looks cute from the outside doesn’t it? Yeah, anything but cute from the inside!

The “bed” was a mattress on a stone base… with the mattress being as hard as the stone beneath it. The room had a mosquito net and the fan — well, it worked. No matter at which speed you turned it to, it was the same.

One of us, Ramesh, wasn’t too happy with the room and asked if there were better to be found. So as two of us held the fort (in case we found no other options elsewhere), me & another friend (Anand) went along the entire stretch of Kudle Beach in search of better rooms. Most places were full and the rooms that were vacant were shoddier than the one we got at Sea Rock Cafe. So, we made our way back.

The ‘bricked’ room we got was only a double room so we had to ask for another double room. They only had Rs. 100 ($2) mud huts vacant — so we took one.

After freshening up, we went for breakfast. I forgot the name of the restaurant but it was the cafe before the Tibetan-run joint.

Kudle cafe breakfast
All four us were ready to click a lot (Photo taken on Nokia E72)

After a good breakfast, we prepared for our exploration of Gokarna’s popular beaches. We decided to trek from Kudle Beach to Om Beach. Everyone told me it was just a short walk over the hill but the others weren’t too keen and opted to go by auto.

I chose to trek.

Gokarna Kudle beachI climbed back up to the parking area…

Climbing Kudle beach… and just started climbing the rocks…

Kudle to Om Beach trekking over the hill… followed the path through the small trees…

Kudle to Om beach trekking… passed the Dolphin Cafe down below…

Kudle to Om Beach Dolphin cafe… stopped and stared at the place and imagined how cool it would be if I had a house down there…

… descended down, got to the point where the autos were parked and…

Om Beach stepping down
… voila! Om Beach

Om Beach is by far the most popular beach in Gokarna. Mostly because of its distinct shape from where it gets its name. We skipped on the chance to stay on Om Beach because we felt it being so popular, it would be very crowded and Kudle would have been a better place to base ourselves. But we realized we weren’t the only ones who thought like that because we saw as many people on Om as Kudle itself.

Oh, by the way, the time I took to reach Om beach was the exact amount of time it took for my friends to arrive in their auto. So just take my advice, if you can walk a bit, just climb over instead of wasting Rs. 60 on auto. It will only take you 10 to 15 minutes.

Om beach Gokarna sandOm beach boat taxisThere were boat taxis anchored on the shores offering boat rides to Half-Moon beach and Paradise beach but they were asking for Rs. 500 — which we thought was a bit much. We could see a path in the distance at the end of Om Beach, so we decided to just keep on walking.

Om beach shacks restaurants
Options to eat at are adequate on Om Beach
Om beach Goa
Somebody needs to tell this guy he’s at the wrong place

Once we reached the end of Om Beach, we began our ascend once again.

Om Beach to Half Moon stones

Om beach rock divide
You’ll come across this divide

Om beach to Half-Moon trekAs you climb higher, you’ll get a great view of Om Beach.

Om Beach Gokarna high up
Om Beach

Walk up further and you’ll come across a distinct looking tree from where you need to take a left turn.

Om Beach to Half-Moon trek treeOm Beach to Half-Moon leftFollow the path…

Om beach to Half-Moon path

Om beach to Half-Moon dug path

… stop & stare out into the beauty of the Arabian sea…

Om beach to Half-Moon palm treesHalf Moon beach GokarnaHalf-Moon Beach Gokarna Arabian sea… descend down…

Half Moon beach Gokarna… welcome yourself to Half Moon Beach…

Half-Moon beach shack… watch hippie white dude practice with a ball…

Half-Moon beach ball guy… reward yourself!

Half-moon beach shack beerIt was hot and we were yearning to quench our thirst with some chilled beer. Plus, the trek was awesome!

We were feeling quite satisfied that we opted to trek instead of hiring a boat. It took us around 30 minutes including stopping to take photographs. Well worth the walk. We were all the more pumped and decided to conquer the final beach via a trek too.

Of course, we decided to take a break first! We sat in an isolated ‘cafe’ on Half-Moon beach, cooled off a bit and had some light snacks before setting off again.

Half-Moon beach Dama cafe
Dama cafe: We were reluctant initially as it was empty when we arrived

There aren’t many shacks on Half-Moon but then again, it isn’t a very big stretch. We quite liked the thickly sliced deep-fried potato chips at Dama Cafe. Beer was Rs. 100 for a full bottle of Kingfisher.

They had basic rooms and a clean toilet at the back. Looked like a decent place to stay at Half Moon beach.

Half-Moon beach Dama cafe insideWe asked the guy there how to get to Paradise beach and he told it would only take us 15 minutes. So, with glee, we set off again.

Half-Moon beach Dama cafe sideHalf-Moon to Paradise beach trekYou’ll come to a point you have to cross over a barbed wire fence (don’t worry, we didn’t see a sign saying we were trespassing or anything).

Paradise beach Gokarna trek barbed wireHalf-Moon to Paradise beach trek rocksHalf-Moon to Paradise beach Gokarna trekYou’ll pass some shacks…

Half-Moon to Paradise beach shacksHalf-Moon to Paradise beach Gokarna… climb up, climb down…

Half-Moon to Paradise beach climbParadise beach Gokarna trek tree branchesHalf-Moon to Paradise beach panorama… wish you could soar above these coastlines like an eagle to get a bird’s-eye-view…

Paradise beach eagle GokarnaParadise beach Gokarna coastParadise beach Gokarna trek… before you get to ‘paradise’.

Paradise beach GokarnaParadise beach plastic bottle treeNow don’t get your hopes up or anything. Paradise beach isn’t that much better than all the other beaches you pass through, but it is bigger than Half-Moon beach.Paradise beach Gokarna touristsParadise beach Cafe Paradise

Paradise beach boat taxi
Pfff, lazy people

Paradise beach pirate flagWe really felt a sense of accomplishment having trekked the entire stretch of Gokarna’s popular beaches. It wasn’t planned but I guess that was what partly made it all the more fun.

And since it was past 3pm at this point, we decided to lunch.

Paradise beach resortI forgot the name of the place we sat down but it was the only open air “resort” like place there, which is why we were drawn to it.

Clicked some more after we had ordered our food.

Paradise beach Gokarna boardParadise beach Gokarna boatsParadise beach GokarnaThe food was just about okay.

Paradise beach resort pita bread
The pita bread was nothing more than a thick naan
Paradise beach resort pizza
Pretty decent pizza

I’ve been on treks before but never before by the coast. The views were awesome and I loved exploring the routes. It really was an adventure.

Having said that, we were tired and in no mood to trek all the way back. So we got on to a boat taxi and made our way back to Om Beach (fare Rs. 100 per person, taking a boat back to Kudle costs more).

Paradise to Om beach boat ride

Gokarna from boat taxiIt was nice to see the terrain we covered from another viewpoint.

Gokarna hill from boat taxi

Om beach Gokarna kayak
If you can’t trek, you could try kayaking too

Om beach rock from boatOm beach boat taxi anchoredThe boat ride barely last 5 minutes but it reminded me of a similar one I took in Railay, Thailand.

Back on Om Beach, the guys decided to take an auto back to Kudle beach while I decided to walk back.

Om beach cart GokarnaOm beach Appu tattoo GokarnaOm to Kudle beach sunsetOm to Kudle beach parking areaBack at Kudle, I re-grouped with my friends and we made our way back down to the beach.

Kudle beach Gokarna sunsetKudle beach sunset dogKudle beach yoga sunsetKudle beach boat sunsetKudle beach dog Gokarna sunsetAs you can make out from the above photos, it was nearing sunset, so I headed back to our room and freshened up.

Sea Rock cafe Kudle beach GokarnaAfter a cool bath, I packed up my laptop and went to the beach.

Sea Rock cafe Kudle beach mud hut
The hut on the right is the other room we took at Sea Rock Cafe

One of the intentions I had for this trip was to try out time-lapse photography.

I had to carry my laptop and use the software from Canon to remotely control my camera as I did not have a dedicated remote/intervalometer. They’re expensive, so I had to make do with something free for the time-being. Also, this was going to be a learning experience for me as it was the first time I was trying timelapse.

First experiment: capture the sun setting. How did it turn out? I’ll share the results later.

Kudle beach Gokarna full moon
As the sun set on one side, the moon came up the other

After I got all my shots, I packed everything up and went to the joint next door to Sea Rock called, Sunset Cafe (& German Bakery).

We just sat there from evening…

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Loiyumba Anand Phadke
Left: Loiyumba – Right: Anand Phadke
Sunset cafe Kudle beach Mithun Ramesh
Left: Mithun – Right: Ramesh

… until night.

Sunset cafe night Loiyumba Anand PhadkeNibbling on snacks and sipping beer. What else is there to do? There was a beach party at one of the other hotels but the music didn’t interest me much. So with camera in hand, we just sat at Sunset Cafe well past sunset.

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Gokarna night
Sunset Cafe at night

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Gokarna lightsAfter dinner, it was one cool walk on the beach before hitting the rock sack.

Kudle beach Gokarna full moon
Luminous full moon

As the guys went back to the room, I thought I’d try my hand at time-lapse again, as it was a starry night.

Kudle beach Gokarna starry night
Took many such frames

I was drawing quite a lot of attention with my laptop in hand and a camera on a stand pointing at the night sky. A lot of passers-by stopped and asked in their various accents as to what I was doing — and I replied back in my accent, a lay-man’s definition of what time-lapse photography is.

Unfortunately, my laptop battery didn’t last the entire shoot so I had to stop at 50 less shots than programmed. (I may seriously have to invest in a remote). Oh well, will see how it turned out anyway.

I packed up in the dark, and headed back to the room.

Sea Rock cafe Kudle beach room nightAfter a bit of before-sleep chatter, we finally called it a night. Ramesh and Anand took the ‘bricked room’ while myself and Loi slept in the non-fan, non-toilet mud hut.

Not the best sleep I had but the fact that we were quite tired and we tried to drink ourselves to sleep, we managed to pull through.

We had to, for some of us, the next day would have been the last in Gokarna — and there was still much to do!

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Next post(s) in this series:

Gokarna 2010: Day 2 – Gokarna town, Kudle Beach and Sunset Cafe

Gokarna 2010: Day 3 – Where to stay on Kudle and Om Beach

Great weekend drive: Gingee Fort, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram & East Coast Road

Continuing with my past travelogues, this is the second post (this was the first) on my road trips to the Union Territory of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu (Wikipedia link, do read if not familiar with Pondicherry). As I mentioned earlier, I may not be able recount every name or for that matter, everything since, well…. it’s been a while!

Date: 8-9th December, 2007

Four of us, one car. One weekend, two destinations.

We left Bangalore around 6am on the same route as before. Soon after the Tamil Nadu border, we stopped at the A1 restaurant adjoining the Reliance Petrol station for breakfast (not sure if it’s still there now).

Hosur Road HP petrol bunk
The A1 restaurant was opposite the HP station on Hosur Road

The food was good, prices were economical, facilities were good (toilet, snack store etc.) and it was clean. By 8am, we were back on the good roads. Then we took the diversion on to the bad.

En route Pondicherry morning
The route is picturesque albeit, has its share of rough patches
En route to Pondicherry
The "highway" is narrow too

It was pretty much a non-stop straight drive to Pondicherry but we did take a break once we reached Gingee. I first noticed the hill on the way back from my first trip to Pondicherry.

Gingee Fort brick wall
Gingee Fort in the distance

This time, I made sure I checked it out. Only problem is, you have to climb quite a lot of steps to get to Gingee Fort. And it was hot.

Gingee fort pathI don’t remember if there was an entrance fee to the place but I did remember seeing a guy at the entrance. Either that or he was a beggar. Spare him some change anyway.

It took us nearly 20 minutes to climb to the top (we did stop at intervals for a breather and to drink lots of water). But once we got to the top, I didn’t regret the climb.

Gingee fort paddy field

Gingee Fort panaroma
Gingee Fort: A panorama comprised of 4 shots

According to Wikipedia, Gingee Fort was called the “Troy of the East” by the British and was well-fortified.

Gingee Fort door monkeyGingee Fort pillars

Gingee Fort panaroma
(A panorama comprised of 3 shots)

Gingee Fort templeGingee fort structure grassAfter spending around 15 minutes and after being sick reading some of the “___ hearts ____” messages that ruined the stone structures, we decided to make our way down.

Gingee fort temple structure
L-R: Ramesh, Loi and Joe

Gingee Fort treeIf you have an hour to spare and the stamina to climb a hundred steps or so, do make the effort to go to the top. Gingee Fort is not something you come across everywhere in India.

By 1:30pm, we were in Pondicherry and we drove straight to Beach Road — for two reasons. One, we were going to hang around Beach Road anyway and second, Loi was going to see an ocean/sea/bay for the first time in his life! For someone from a North East Indian state, the longing to hit the beach is one big aspiration. Though there really wasn’t much of a “beach” in Pondicherry city, the waters of the Bay of Bengal were good enough now.

Pondicherry Loi ocean
Loi's first taste of a 'coast'

After letting Loi enjoy his time (for a few minutes), we had lunch — decent, nothing worth recommending.

Pondicherry lunch restaurantAt lunch, we discussed our plans for the rest of the evening. The plan was to leave for Mahabalipuram that same day but we decided to take it easy and set off the next morning. Problem is, we hadn’t booked rooms. So after lunch and strolling around a bit, we tried all the hotels/lodges/guesthouses in and around Beach Road. Unfortunately, most of them were full or too expensive.

So we drove a bit away from town and found a resort where we got a hut for the four of us for around Rs. 1000 (sorry, don’t remember the name of the place). It was pretty basic but we took it as we only needed a place to crash for the night. After filling in the necessary paperwork, we checked in and then headed back to Beach Road. We hung around Beach Road until the sun set.

Pondicherry Le Cafe evening
Le Cafe on Beach Road, where we had our evening coffee
Pondicherry Ajantha sea view hotel
The Ajantha Sea View hotel on Beach Road

Pondicherry statue nightAfter our evening snack, we went around looking for… restaurants for our early dinner! 🙂

We decided on the Hotel de Pondicherry — ‘cos it looked all classy.

Hotel de Pondicherry bar restaurant
It's a fairly high-end joint

After dinner, we walked a bit more to soak in as much as we could of Beach Road as this was our last night in Pondicherry.

Pondicherry door lightPondicherry street nightThe next morning, we checked out of the resort at the break of dawn and got on to the famed East Coast Road to head for Mahabalipuram. We wanted to get on to this road early to avoid the traffic and it was a good move. It was a beautiful drive!

East Coast Road MamallapuramEast Coast Road MamallapuramEast Coast Road MamallapuramEast Coast Road Mamallapuram fishermanEast Coast Road Mamallapuram boat morningWe had to stop at certain points on the journey to take photographs.

The drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram took us nearly 2 hours. En route, we saw the many projects that were taken up along this stretch to rehabilitate those affected by the 2004 Tsunami.

Once we reached the coastal town, our first stop was the Shore Temple.

Mamallapuram Shore templeShore Temple Mahabalipuram

Shore Temple MahabalipuramShore Temple MahabalipuramShore Temple Mahabalipuram Bay of BengalAfter the temple visit, we had breakfast from a beach side resort.

And then, hit the beach.

Mamallapuram beachMamallapuram beach sand

Mamallapuram beach Loi run
Loi doing the Baywatch run... he didn't get very far.

Mamallapuram beach statueAfter a while, we got a bit of drizzle from the skies, so we headed back to our car. We drove off to our next stop, the Paanch Rathas of Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Paanch Rath panaromic
(A panorama comprised of 4 shots)

Paanch Ratha templeIt’s not a very big site so we were done in around half-an-hour. After that, we decided to drive down to the other side of Shore Temple for lunch.

Mamallapuram beach fishing boatsMamallapuram Santana restaurantMamallapuram Blue Elephant restaurantMamallapuram Tina Blue ViewMamallapuram Bizarre BazaarThis is a part of Mahabalipuram that can be best described as a “mini-Goa” with its funky-named restaurants and stores selling the hobo-wares. And if you haven’t experienced Goa (or didn’t get what I wrote)… here is where you’ll find a lot of restaurants serving sea food and where you can do your shopping.

It was close to the beach as well which made it a good place to hang out. I bought some stuff for a friend and then decided to lunch.

Mamallapuram Moonrakers restaurant
Moonrakers: We sat all the way up

The reason we sat all the way up is because they asked us to. You see, a lot of restaurants here don’t have the license to serve beer. But they still stock it and serve… but in steel glasses and only upstairs. So the officials don’t catch them.

Since it was quite hot, we really couldn’t do without a glass of chilled beer. The sea food at Moonrakers was obviously very fresh with the fishermen being so close.

Mamallapuram Moonrakers seafood
Left: Fresh sea food; Right: REALLY fresh
Mamallapuram Moonrakers lunch
Yum.

The food at Moonrakers was really good for the price (which was very reasonable).

After a satisfying lunch, it was back on to the ECR for Chennai.

Mamallapuram Chennai ECRMamallapuram East coast roadIt was yet another picturesque stretch. The drive on the ECR really is quite a pleasure ride… of course, that is unless you are someone who lacks lane discipline and ruins it for others.

We reached Chennai and then asked around as to how to essentially get out of the city and on to the Chennai-Bangalore highway.

After an hour or so in Chennai traffic, we finally made it to the outskirts.

And if you thought the ECR was the last of the good rides you’d get in Tamil Nadu…

Chennai Bangalore highway cloudChennai Bangalore highwayChennai Bangalore highway bridgeChennai Bangalore highway hillsChennai Bangalore highway signChennai Bangalore highway sunset… it’s not. 🙂

The Chennai to Bangalore highway is one of the best roads in India and even though you have to pass through 4 to 5 toll gates, it’s worth the money.

Seven hours later, we were in Bangalore city.

It was quite a packed weekend. Left on a early Saturday morning and returned on a Sunday night. Saw quite a bit and yet, we never really felt rushed or tired. Probably because it was my second time to Pondicherry so we really didn’t go around there much.

Safe to say, if you want a good road trip in South India — this is definitely it!

Camera used: Canon Powershot A95; post processing done in Photoshop CS3, especially the blues which were cyan heavy

P.S: I know, twice I’ve been to Pondicherry and I still didn’t go to Auroville. Well, there’s always a third time! 🙂

Photos from my first trip to Pondicherry

Continuing with my past travelogues, this is the first of two posts on my road trips to the Union Territory of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu (Wikipedia link, do read if not familiar with Pondicherry). As I mentioned earlier, I may not be able recount every name or for that matter, everything since, well…. it’s been a while!

Date: 26-27th August, 2005

Two cars. Nine of us. Independence Day weekend.

We set off early morning from Bangalore city and headed down Hosur Road, past Electronic City, for the Tamil Nadu border. The highways (once you enter Tamil Nadu) are remarkably better than Karnataka’s roads but this being India, they don’t stay good for long. You have to get off the main highway off to a smaller road that leads to Puducherry.

Pondicherry highway
You pass through a lot of villages and small towns

The route we took passes through Krishnagiri – Thirvanamalai – Gingee and was expected to take us 6 hours.

Temple Tamil Nadu
A temple at Thirvanamalai

We reached Thirvanamalai at around 7:30am and stopped here for breakfast. It was at a local restaurant/mess so I don’t remember the name — but you’d be hard-pressed to find a bad idlidosa joint in Tamil Nadu.

By noon, we were in Pondicherry. The (Government run) hotel we stayed at was just after the Pondicherry entrance checkpoint, to the right. It wasn’t much of a place (especially the restaurant) but I do remember the rooms our friend booked were the “suites”. They were big, had A/Cs and looked like a suite… by 1980s India standards. But hey, it was cheap. Around Rs. 600 or so. (Mind you, this was off-season 2005).

We freshened up, had lunch and headed straight to Beach Road.

Pondicherry Beach road
Pondicherry Beach Road
Pondicherry beach
That small stretch of sand you see is all the "beach" you will get in Pondicherry city
Pondicherry Beach road bench
It was very sunny (& hot) in Pondicherry

Most, if not all, of what you’ll want to see in Pondicherry is in and around Beach Road and the “rues” (‘rue’ = ‘street’ in French) behind it. The old French colonial buildings, the Aurobindo Ashram and the big churches are all within walkable reach from here.

Pondicherry elephant
This was at a temple near the Aurobindo Ashram

Pondicherry evening cloud

Pondicherry building night street lamp
The best my point-&-click camera could do at night

After some shopping and dinner, we called it an early night. The plan was to wake up early (funny how it always is on my trips) and head to Beach Road to watch the sunrise.

Which we did.

Pondicherry early sunrisePondicherry photographing sunrisePondicherry sunrisePondicherry green rocks

Pondicherry fishermen
Fishermen heading out to work

Pondicherry Gandhi statue
The Mahatma Gandhi statue on Beach Road
Pondicherry old lighthouse French War Memorial
Left: The old lighthouse; Right: French War Memorial

After breakfast, it was church-hopping. First up, the Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee (The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) on Cathedral Street.

Pondicherry Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee (Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)Pondicherry Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee (Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) interiorsPondicherry Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee (Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) statueNext, Sacred Heart Church on the south boulevard.

Pondicherry Sacred Heart church
'L'Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus'
Pondicherry Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus
'Le white pedophile' preying on local children

Okay I kid. Maybe the kids were from out of town. 🙂

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is famous for its glass paintings depicting events from the life of Jesus Christ.

Pondicherry Sacred Heart Church interiorsPondicherry Sacred Heart Church glass paintingThen, we walked to the Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels).

Pondicherry yellow house

The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels)
The Church of Our Lady of Angels

The Church of Our Lady of Angels interiorsPondicherry Church of Our Lady of Angels windowPondicherry orange house

Pondicherry Alok Ranjith Sumeet
L - R: Pale face, Grumpy & PJ

Pondicherry Indian Ocean

Pondicherry statue
Back: The pier; Front: Some famous dude

After grabbing some ice-cream, we took advantage of the lower cost of fuel in Pondicherry and headed back to our rooms to check out. We left Puducherry by noon and decided to head back Bangalore.

Pondicherry shop signboard funnyWord of advice: Be careful about buying liquor in Pondicherry (as with fuel, liquor is cheaper too) and taking it out of town, there are multiple police inspection points you will have to stop at.

We took the same route back and only stopped on the way to have lunch. Lord knows where it was that we stopped but it was terrible. Best to have lunch at Pondicherry itself and then leave as the options are very slim on the journey back.

Gingee fort, Villupuram
Gingee Fort in Villupuram

I really found Gingee Fort interesting and told myself I wanted to check it out the next time I was around these parts.

Pondicherry Bangalore highway
It rained on the way back

Not that it hindered our journey. It was still a lovely drive and that is one thing about heading to Pondicherry from Bangalore (or even Chennai) — it’s one of the best daytime drives you’ll have in South India.

Camera used: Canon Powershot A95; post processing done in Photoshop CS3, especially the blues which were cyan heavy

A small video from this trip:


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