Situated on the Coromandel coast, about 160 kms south of Chennai (Madras), lies the Union Territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry). The French ruled this territory for 300 years, and today, the unmistakable French connection - the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, backwater, a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines, provide a heady mix that draw travellers from near and far.
Pondicherry has some of the country's most spectacular beaches and endearing backwaters. The sparkling sandy beaches are absolutely isolated and one can enjoy endless miles of beautiful blue waters in solitude. The backwaters offer interesting river cruises.
Located to the north of the town, Serenity Beach, is a 1.5km long, rocky shoreline. Some of the bloodiest Anglo-French battles were fought on these sands. Today, however, this beach is ideal for a calm (or romantic) stroll. Or one can just sit on the parapet by the sea (or on one of the rocks) and gaze out at the rolling waves for hours and hours, or watch fishermen at work, or just enjoy the sea-spray. Goubert Avenue, which runs along the beach, is sprinkled with a number of monuments and memorials.
PARADISE BEACH (Plage Paradiso)
Plage Paradiso is located 8 kilometers away from the main town, along the Cuddalore main road. This part of tropical paradise is a dream destination for every beach lover. You can spend some time here alone in peace, swim in the cool sea water and bask in the sun. Sometimes you can just find a sea gull as your sole companion. If you are adventurous and sportive in spirit then try this out - put up a comfortable beach tent for yourself and stay here for a night. Staying overnight in the cozy tree-houses on the backwater banks is in itself a great and relishing experience.