On this day, we traveled towards Pondicherry (also referred to as Puducherry or Pondi). On the way there, we stopped to admire two giant "hills" on opposing sides of the road that we learned were forts built and used many many years ago.
For the complete back story on my trip to India, read these posts:
Bangalore, India / Tiruvannamalai, India
It was a beautiful view and we briefly debated hiking one of the forts but then remembered the several hours of driving ahead of us.
A very nicely paved stretch of road that we were very appreciative for! Most of the roads from Bangalore to Pondicherry were so bumpy that driving more than 25 miles per hour was challenging.
Two hours into our drive we had not eaten breakfast yet and there was no restaurant in sight so we finally approached a small roadside open-air eatery and ordered breakfast. The food was just as delicious as the countless other places I ate at while in India. Of course, I always practiced good habits in regards to drinking and using the water.
We arrived in Pondicherry after six hours of driving! We checked into the Seaside Guest House, which is associated with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram that Pondicherry is famous for.
My mom and I easily shared one room that had two double sized beds. The room was clean, the location convenient and the view of the Bengal Bay spectacular. There was even an "Indian breakfast" that was included, which we took advantage of and was delicious.
After a brief break, we decided to walk on the promenade outside (or boardwalk as I took to calling it out of habit for the one I live near) and took in the sights. There are many "Holy Men" who look like this walking around Southern India.
Pondicherry was once a french colony and this is apparent within the architecture and cuisine.
There were countless dogs within Pondi. Fortunately, we never had any issues with them and they always appeared friendly.
If you look carefully, you can see a little girl in pink carefully putting on lipstick while her little sister looks on.
Fresh flowers floating in a bowl outside a restaurant and a peak at my toes.
On this first day, we walked around Mission and Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Streets. While it was a great experience overall, it is considered a tourist district so the area was overly busy and the shopping overpriced. On a different day, we walked down Suffren and Romaine Rue streets where the streets were less busy and items were still of good quality but more affordable.
By the end of the day, we were ready to rest our travel-weary bodies and spent the night over a good meal with eagerness for the next day's adventures.
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