Pondicherry Road Trip – 2 Days In Coastal Town

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  • 2 Days 1 Night
  • Group Size: 8 - 12
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Distance : 315 KM

Overview

Hello Explorers!

How about a road trip full of action and fun? How about serene beaches, colorful streets, a bit of history, lots of tasty food, all in a refreshing coastal setting of Pondicherry?

Being a French colony in India for more than 350 years, the breeze of French history is still felt in the streets of Pondicherry with its colorful buildings, clean surroundings, and laid back lifestyle. It has a diverse set of things to offer for tourists.

We will head to the beautiful beaches (Promenade, Serenity, Paradise), take a dip in the Sea, visit colorful streets of French colony with colonial architecture, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Museum, the heritage village of Auroville – an experimental township where people from all countries, races, castes, creeds, and political ideologies can live together in peace.

We will also try the French cuisine, taste some deserts in French bakeries, and indulge in shopping close to White Town, a famous colony in the heart of Pondicherry

Highlights of the trip:

  • The French Colony walk
  • Serenity Beach Dip
  • Pondicherry Museum, Aurobindo ashram
  • Auroville “Golden Globe” visit
  • Paradise Beach Dip
  • Ousteri Lake visit
  • Evening at Promenade (Rock Beach)
  • Lots of shopping
  • Saturday night social gathering at our stay

Inclusions

  • Travel by Tempo or mini-bus depending on final numbers (Non-AC)
  • Guesthouse stay
  • Food: 2 Breakfasts
  • Experience all places mentioned in the Highlights
  • Entry tickets everywhere
  • Trip Leader
  • A lot of entertainment !!

Exclusions

  • Lunch & Dinners
  • Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

Itinerary

Day 0 - Schedule

  • Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey

Day 1 - Schedule

  • Reach Pondy early in the morning check into the stay
  • Freshen up, have a nice & fulfilling breakfast
  • Explore French colony on foot. Experience the colorful architecture, visit the monuments, museum, have lunch & visit Aurobindo ashram
  • Take a trip to “Auroville” – a unique township which is very famous among travelers visiting Pondicherry. Auroville is home to people from different countries who live in peace. The place is self-sustained, well maintained and calm. A wide range of handicrafts and locally made souvenirs are sold here.
    Note: We will not go inside “Matrimandir” or “Golden Globe” as it needs prior permission. Instead we will visit it from outside as part of our Auroville trip.
  • Drive to Serenity Beach play in the water, walk barefoot
  • Head back to the home-stay, take a nice shower
  • Get set for the in-house party. You can order Dinner and Drinks to the guest house. Sometimes we may even opt for a Pub night depending on the group choice!
  • Note: If any place mentioned above is not open, then we cannot help it. We can try to visit an alternate place as Pondicherry has many other attractions.

Day 2 - Schedule

  • Fuel up with good Breakfast, freshen up and check out of our Guest house.
  • Head straight to Paradise Beach, play in the water one more time, or just play Frisbee, refresh at change rooms on the Beach.
  • Shop shop shop! Pondy is an awesome shopping destination. The clothes, chocolates, souvenirs, leather items…what not!
  • Stop over for a late Lunch at one of those numerous Cafes serving French /Italian food.
  • Go on an evening trip to Ousteri Lake, take a ferry ride (Self-sponsored), enjoy a peaceful sunset. Being located on the East Coast, Pondicherry is famous for its sunrise, understandably. But surprisingly, Ousteri Lake presents a beautiful sunset in Pondicherry. It is an offbeat place where not many tourists will visit.
  • Come back to the town, enjoy a glittering evening at the Rock beach & spend a leisurely time looking at the waves. 
  • We can try some street food for Dinner. Things like spicy macaroni, chocolate pastries, cheese cakes are a treat for taste buds!
  • And finally say “Au revoir” (good bye) to Pondicherry around 9 PM
  • Overnight journey back to Bangalore!!

Day 3 - Schedule

  • Reach home early in the morning
  • Share your beautiful Pondicherry weekend story with your friends and family

What to Expect

About Trip
  • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
  • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
  • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.

Travel:
  • Tempo Traveler or Mini Bus (with push back seats).
  • Note: This trip involves overnight journey on a push back Seater (Not sleeper or semis-sleeper).
  • We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially last row of the vehicle).

Stay:
  • Guest house / Apartment on shared basis.
  • Dorms with beds and/or mattress placed on floor (Shared/Mixed dorms)
  • Clean washrooms.

Food:
  • Breakfasts are included. Lunches and Dinners are self-sponsored.
  • Please check Inclusions, Exclusions of Pondicherry Roadtrip below for complete list of things included in your trip cost.

Seasonal Variations:
  • Sept to Feb: Pondicherry has a pleasant climate after monsoons until the beginning of summer. Peak season comes towards the end of the year. Note that there will be seasonal cyclones in the Bay of Bengal a couple of weekends towards Oct/Nov which we cannot predict in advance. Based on the weather forecast at that time, we may have to cancel a trip or two in those months.
  • June to Aug: Monsoon months are a good time to visit Pondicherry for a leisurely trip. But getting in the Sea would be risky because of the high tide.
  • Mar to May: It gets hot and humid in the summer months. There are other better places to travel in these months like Sakleshpur, Coorg, Chikmagalur, etc.

FAQ

Pickup/ Drop Points

Tin Factory: 10:00 PM
• Tin Factory Bus Stop
https://goo.gl/maps/XUtpxsHUQFu2ifJw5


Marathahalli: 10:20 PM
• In front of HP world on service road
• Opposite side of Mahindra Showroom
https://goo.gl/maps/j6gwJnEWiXgH5oSL8


Silk Board Bus Stop: 10:50 PM
• Near Aswad Hospital
• In front of Renault Silk Board showroom
https://g.page/silkboard_renault?share


Electronic City Toll Plaza: 11:10 PM
• Toll Plaza near Veerasandra
• Close to Audi showroom
https://goo.gl/maps/QHoT1vHjzAMhd26j6

Things to carry

  • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste,
  • A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
  • Photo identity proof with address (Adhaar/Passport/Voter ID)
  • Cap/Hat (to avoid getting tanned)
  • Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
  • Power bank, charger, camera (if you wish to)
  • Proper water bottle for your trip.
  • Disposable garbage covers (to separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
  • Your personal medications, if any
  • Pair of water wear to take a dip in the Beach
  • Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
  • Carry a lil bit of cash for food, shopping and misc. expenses
  • Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.

What's next after booking your trip?

  • A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
  • This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
    • It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
    • You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
  • Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
  • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
  • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

 

Cancellation & Refund

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • Alternatively, you may postpone your ticket to the future event 48 hours before the event start time. (Allowed once per booking ONLY)
  • No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
  • No refund during/after the event.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

In these scenarios:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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