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Mar 4, 2009 - Pondicherry, Puducherry, Poudouchery, Pondy

It's been a few days since I've been able to log in to the internet. I also have a terrible internet connection as it is so I will have to wait for the next entry to post pictures. I have lots of them and I'm actually in some of them since I'm with Senthil! He brought me flowers when he picked me up and they are now making a nice decoration in my hotel room! He drove three hours to get me and we made our way to Pondicherry. This is a former French colony that still has a big French influence. Most of the streets are in french (Rue de ...),...

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Hindiana Jones

Mar 3, 2009 - Puducherry

To celebrate my birthday, along with my Aussie friends Matt and Shawn, I took the bus down to Puducherry for the day. The bus station and streets look like any typical Indian town, but take a rickshaw 2knm to the coast and suddenly you are transported to Southern France, with a wide promenade along the seafront. The town is also amzingly clean (none of the litter and rubbish that spoils most parts of India). If it wasn't for receiving a blessing from an elephant called Lakshmi, I really would have forgotten I was in Asia. Stuffed our faces...

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Indonesia and India

Feb 13, 2009 - Puducherry (Pondicherry) via Villupuram

2-13 (Friday, Hmm) Since the bus direct to Pondi didn't leave until 11:30 am we opted to take one leaving at 9:30 to Vilupuram and then on to Pondi. 90% of the way was on a newly completed, divided, 4 laner but as happens in India at least half the way the bus drove as if 2 laner, ie the traffic was 2 way since the other 2 lanes across the median strip were closed (no real evidence that they couldn't be used, just not opened yet, ha!). That's India! Arrived in Villupuram at 1:45 and bus for Pondi left at 2 arr at 3:15...no accomodations in...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Mamallapuram and Pondicherry

We touched down from the Andamans back in Chennai on 5 Feb. Not wanting to spend any time in Chennai (countless travellers informed us of what a "hole" the city is - pity its our transit hub for indo..) we headed by bus straight for Mamallapurum. Mamallapurum is on the East Coast between Chennai and Pondicherry and is famous for ancient rock-carved temples (carved from solid granite / gneiss) and has a bustling tourist area, which we now know means LOADS of roadside shops owned by Kashmiri businessmen selling every type of Indian craft...

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The Elstons Go East

Dec 14, 2008 - Well the French left there mark here

HIGHLIGHTS • Bus ride to Pondicherry • Bicycle around Pondicherry • The cleanest city I have seen in India DETAIL The bus rise is uneventful except that I manage to get on the right bus. Eighty kms for fifty cents – can’t be bad. Ands one other thing, it pours with rain and I think I am stuck in a monsoon! But the sun comes out as we pull into Pondicherry and what do I see but a real bus station. OK, an auto-rickshaw and we start at 100 Rupees. “Sod off”, I say and start to walk away and I get them down to 50. First to the Tourist Office...

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Sep 28, 2007 - Pondicherry

Today i caught an early morning bus from the town of many m's to Pondicherry further south on the coast. Pondicherry (which the Indians call Puducherry and is shortened to Pondi - does nowhere round here just have one name??) is supposed to be a wee pocket of france in India. Dissapointingly, like France, it is full of French people - which goes someway to explaining the standoffish nature of other travellers and the amount of cigarette buts lying around. I'm staying in the Park Guest House in a room with a balcony looking out over the...

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Batch's Blog

Jul 19, 2007 - Mahaballipuram - Pondichéry (135 km) km 1689

Lorsque je vais dans la salle de bain pour prendre ma douche matinale, je constate que des centaines de moustiques morts jonchent le sol. C'est carrement noir de moustiques...Heureusement que je dormais sous une moustiquaire en plus de mes protections anti-moustiques (creme + bracelets repulsifs). Je demande a la femme d'ouvrage de nettoyer le carrelage. J'ai laisse la lampe de la salle de bains allumee pendant toute la nuit et les moustiques, attires par la lumiere, se sont infiltres par la bouche d'aeration. Je retourne au cafe Bob...

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Feb 28, 2007 - Pondicherry

Had a good nights sleep and not bitten once. The mozzies in India are the worst I have ever seen. Absolutely brutal and don't seem to have that typical buzzing mozzie noise either. Got up, chucked my pack on my back and went to the train station. Gave into the guy selling samosas on the platform and had them for breakfast. Alot nicer than the African ones. Managed to buy the right ticket so sat in a nice comfy armchair with AC for 6hrs. Arrived at Villapuram Junction where I had to change trains. Arrived in Pondicherry and met a Swiss guy...

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On another jaunt...

Feb 17, 2007 - Pondicherry and Mamallapuram

Hello, It's our last week in India now and we've headed to the East coast for some fresh fish and French influence. There's nothing much of interest to report on our trip from Hampi only that this time it was my turn to be shat on by a bird as we waited for our connection in Bangalore. We should both be very lucky girls now. Pondicherry was colonized by the French and although they relinquished control 50 years ago the restaurants are all still full of French people. Walking up and down the tree lined streets does remind me a bit of France...

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Jan 31, 2007 - Au Revoir, Pondicherry

The weather in Pondi has started to heat up, now that Pongal is over. Many festivals in India occur when there is a change of season, I guess this is really no different from home. We are now up to three showers-a-day; we plan to clear out of India before the four-showers-a day weather arrives. The other day we purchased a birthday card for our daughter, Adia and then headed the the Post Office to mail it. I have not had the best experiences with the Indian postal service (?) in the past, but I found the Pondi office very efficient and the...

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Jan 29, 2007 - Auroville

I mentioned earlier that we had met a German woman in Mamallapuram. Her name is Renate Heyden. She came to Pondicherry a couple of days ahead of us, and found the room for us at the Ajanta Sea View Hotel . Shortly after arriving in Pondi, she went to Auroville, to the Quiet Healing Centre for some therapies there. We decided to visit her and experience Auroville through her eyes. I have been hearing about Auroville for many years and had formed an opinion that the place was populated by a bunch of foreign "weirdos" and that it would not be...

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Jan 27, 2007 - The French Quarter Of Pondi

The French Quarter of Pondi is a real delight. I hope you don't mind that I took so many pictures of the colonial buildings, I found them so attactive. I was especially taken with the grills on the windows. Most homes and businesses in India put bars on their windows to prevent theives from breaking in, but the ones in Pondi seem unusual to me. The upper-half is flush with the window frame, but the lower portion is curved outwards. The only reason I can think of is that this allows the people inside to look out onto the street in either...

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