Are you tired of city
life and craving the beach? Looking for a way to see another culture within
India? Look no further; Pondicherry is the perfect place for you. Despite it’s
small size, Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India. The French
influence is easily noticeable, from the architecture, to road layouts, to the
large French population that still lives there today. It’s known as the “French
Riviera of the East”, and is also famous for it’s feature in the recent film
“Life of Pi”.
Being that Pondicherry is truly an east meets west city, it has many beautiful colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues, which preserve the colonial feel of the city. It also has four different beaches to offer, providing a great mix of culture and relaxation. Rent a car from Zoom and you can cover all main points of Pondicherry on a day-trip (about 8 hours). Two days are more than enough cover all spots leisurely.
If you are craving a spiritual or meditational experience, take a quick trip to the small experimental town of “Auroville”. It is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics, and all nationalities. If you are spending a full weekend in Pondicherry, this is truly a must see.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group and want to explore Pondicherry at your own pace, or rent a Figo or Vento if you have a small group and want to have a more intimate experience.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. Whether you want to stay in Pondicherry or take a trip to Auroville, the Figo gives you freedom to explore Pondicherry however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Pondicherry in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If you are going with a big group, the mighty Scorpio can handle all of your seating needs. No need to worry about cramped rides and no leg space, the Scorpio has room for all.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to
get the most out of your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the
freedom to explore Pondicherry as you please. No need to negotiate with
rickshaw drivers or walk for miles, you can drive however and wherever you
Here are three of the best places to visit in Pondicherry:
The Beach/Promenade: If you are looking to relax with your significant other while taking in the soothing sounds of waves crashing against the rocks, this is the place to go. Filled with tons of great street food and vendors selling various souvenirs, this is easily the most visited destination in Pondicherry.
Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Probably the most famous attraction in Pondicherry, this Church built in 1895 contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ. Visit this church if culture and history is what you crave.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Located on rue de la Marine, this Ashram is one of the most well-known and wealthiest ashrams in India. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to visit this ashram and study the ancient art of Yoga. The visiting hours for the visitors are from 8 am to 12 noon and then again from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Insiders Tip: If you end up in Auroville, make sure to stay at the “Quiet Healing Center”.
Pondicherry is hot and humid throughout the year. The best time for visiting the place is from October to March.