Last week my son had the whole week off from Tuesday through Friday for his school annual day. My work in the office was relatively light, so I decided to take him (of course along with my wife :-)) for a tiny-vacation. We had been to almost all resorts in Mamallapuram near Chennai, so we decided to go to Pondicherry. Though I have travelled through Pondy numerous times (on the way to Cuddalore or further south) and been to few places there, I haven’t stayed and seen Pondy in its entirety, that way it was an ideal choice.
From Chennai, Pondy is only 3 Hours drive – you have two choices for the route. One route through the scenic “East Coast Road” where you pay a toll-fee of Rs.45 from Chennai to Pondy; or the multi-lane world class NH-45 from Chennai to Dindivanam where you pay toll-fee of Rs.20 twice. I went by ECR and while returning come by NH-45, while coming back we had darshan in Panchamukha Anjaneyar (which is at near equidistance from both ECR and NH-45). Driving my Honda City in NH-45 was a joy by itself, the car did (thanks to the wide road) effortlessly 120Km/Hr most of the time, of course, I could’ve done more but the official speed limit was 80 Km / Hr!
We stayed in Ashok Resort (a part of ITDC), which had decent rooms overlooking the sees at good rates (Rs.4000 for Standard AC Room per night). The food and service were good considering that it is a public sector hotel.