One of the reasons that I love to travel to India so much is the constant amazing sights. When travelling along in the car or on the bus you are never bored as there is something out of the ordinary … Continue reading
About 1 1/2 hours drive north of Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu is the marvellous Mamallapuram. It is a delightful seaside town with lots to offer. Due to its wonderful rock carvings it is now a World Heritage site. There are two main areas to … Continue reading
In my previous post I told you all about the fantastic Hotel Bangala in Karaikudi. The Bangala is a great base for exploring the Chettinad region and Karaikudi has some surprises of its own too… Some of the best sights to see are: The … Continue reading
While travelling in Tamil Nadu this year we discovered the divine Hotel Bangala in the Chettinad town of Karaikudi. If you are looking for a mid-range, character filled hotel with exemplary service look no further than the Bangala. From the moment we … Continue reading
CHETTINAD CHARM… A delightful discovery we made this year was the interesting Chettinad region. It is located in Tamil Nadu, a day trip south/west of Pondicherry. It is an area rich in culture and stunning architecture. It has very strong eastern … Continue reading
THE FOLLOWING ROAD SIGNS WERE COPIED DOWN DURING A TRIP FROM BANGALORE TO PONDICHERRY IN JANUARY THIS YEAR… Fast drive could be LAST drive Lane discipline gives you long life Road sense is courteous and safe Life is short don’t make it … Continue reading
Perfect Pondicherry ~ Shopping
PONDICHERRY ~ A SHOPPING ADVENTURE
Pondicherry has some great boutiques, small department stores and shops to tempt, delight and make you want to skip with happiness…
Their motto is “The world is yours” and you’ll find a world of shopping in this small two storey department store. Handbags, jewellery, toys, sweets and stationary on the ground floor. Menswear and home wares on the first floor and ladies clothing on the top floor.
165 Mission Street Pondicherry Tel: 0413 2226495
Shop here in air-conditioned comfort. Great selection of grocery items downstairs. Upstairs books, kitchen ware and cheap but chic make-up purse fillers. Nilgiris is also the place to stock up on your Himalaya products and especially their Pure Hands herbal hand sanitizer.
Cnr Mission & Rangapillai Street Pondicherry
I O (Inside Out) BOUTIQUE
Cute boutique attached to I O cafe. Lots of organic cotton goodies. Fabbo aprons, kurta tops, jewellery and gifts.
13 Rue Surcouf Pondicherry
Filled with cute, kitsch and boho gifts.
53 Suffren Street PONDICHERRY www.nirvana-boutique.com
“Follow me…the fabulous shop is around here somewhere…”
Fashion, art and design at Play Clan.
59 Rue Suffren First Floor (above Fabindia) www.theplayclan.com
THE RED COURTYARD BOUTIQUE
Some interesting one-off ladies fashion goodies.
4 Chetty Street Pondicherry Tel: 00914132260310
LA BOUTIQUE DE LA MAISON GRATITUDE
Exquisite vintage jewellery. Swish and elegantly tailored clothing and accessories.
52 Romain Rolland Street Pondicherry www.gratitudeheritage.in
A sweet little shop filled to the brim with divine things to fill your suitcase. Kurtas, jewellery, shoes, shawls and scarves are just to name a few…
22 Rue Romain Rolland PONDICHERRY www.viapondichery.com
Traditional kurtas, dupattis, shawls. A must stop shop for well made tablecloths, sheets and curtains.
59 Rue Suffren PONDICHERRY www.fabindia.com
HIDESIGN FLAGSHIP STORE
Gorgeous leather handbags, wallets and satchels.
69 Jawaharalal Nehru Street, PONDICHERRY – 605001 Tel: 0413 222994 www.hidesign.com
Perfect Pondicherry ~ Eating There are many culinary delights to be discovered in Pondicherry. Here are some of the best that I have sampled for you to enjoy: La Maison Rose ~ 8 Rue Romain Rolland PONDICHERRY Leafy, courtyard dining ~ … Continue reading
Perfect Pondicherry Hotels/Guesthouses PONDICHERRY ~ PUDUCHERRY Pondicherry is a small coastal town located on the west coast of south India. It is 160km south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Pondicherry was a French colony until 1954 and … Continue reading
The money that is used in India is called the Indian rupee. Some of the current exchange rates are as follows: 1 US $ = 54 rupees 1 UK pound = 88 rupees 1 Euro = 71 rupees 1 Chinese yuan … Continue reading