Marvellous Mamallapuram…

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

Karaikudi’s best kept secrets…

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

The Beautiful Bangala ~ the jewel of South India…

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

Road signs that mean something…

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

Pondicherry shopping…

Perfect Pondicherry ~ Shopping

Shop till you drop…

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…

CASABLANCA

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

NILGIRI’S SUPERMARKET

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

NIRVANA BOUTIQUE

Filled with cute, kitsch and boho gifts.

53 Suffren Street PONDICHERRY   www.nirvana-boutique.com

“Follow me…the fabulous shop is around here somewhere…”

PLAY CLAN

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

VIA PONDICHERY

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

FABINDIA

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

BOUTIQUE D’AUROVILLE
Lovely Boutique run by the Auroville community. Amazing hand-made paper, jewellery, clothing, instruments and perfume.
3 Jawaharalal Nehru Street, PONDICHERRY
CARAVELLE
Four superb shops housed in an old colonial building. Don’t leave Pondy without first stopping here! Guaranteed to tempt…
8 Romain Rolland Street, PONDICHERRY