Honeymoon in Auroville (Pondicherry)
If you want to celebrate your honeymoon in a locale that exudes tranquillity, and offers you complete solitude then plan your post-wedding trip around Auroville. Auroville-more popularly known as the ‘City of Dawn' has an air of divinity about itself that will lend a touch of etherealness to your honeymoon. Auroville is an ideal model for a global village where people of almost all nationalities live in harmony and peace. Auroville which lies close to Pondicherry, a coastal town in Tamil Nadu, is immensely popular with honeymooners as it provides an ambience that no other destination can.
The settlement has a landscape that has a lush green cover and the Matri Mandir (Temple of the Mother) is situated right in the heart of the township. Auroville was developed as a model township by the ‘Sri Aurobindo Society' where people irrespective of their gender, caste, creed, and religion could live together in harmony. You'll simply relish every moment of your stay in Auroville as the place has so much to offer in terms of entertainment and leisure. You'll be able to pick up tips on environmental rejuvenation, organic farming, and village development while you enjoy the cultural festivities, arts and music in the community.
Auroville lies in Viluppuram District in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherrry is the nearest town. Auroville actually lies on the East Coast Road connecting Pondicherry and Chennai. There is a signboard on the road that gives directions for heading to the Matri Mandir. The Repos Beach is also located close by.
The most convenient way to head to Auroville is via Pondicherry which is the gateway to the township. The railhead at Pondicherry is well connected to all major metros in India. High speed express trains are available from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and Bangalore and other towns and cities. Meenambakkam International Airport in Chennai is the closest airport to Pondicherry situated at a distance of about 135 kms. You can also get to Pondicherry by bus from Bangalore, Chennai, and other cities and towns in South India. You can reach Auroville by private transport from Pondicherry. However, for getting about inside the township, no transport is available.
Best Time to Visit
Pondicherry being a coastal town has a sultry weather almost throughout the year. Summers are extremely hot and winters are cool and pleasant. The tourist peak season is between October and March when the weather is perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of the place and also for participating in water-sports.
Where to Stay
There is no dearth of accommodation in and around Auroville. You can choose from a plethora of hotels, guesthouses, lodges and resorts that are located in the vicinity of Auroville. Some recommended accommodation options for newlyweds are the Pondicherry Ashok, The Dune, St. James Beach Court, Kailash Beach Resort, Healing Centre Guesthouse, and Soorya Heritage Inn.
Things to Do
If you plan a tour during the tourist season, you can get a kick out of partaking of in water sports like snorkelling, banana rides, parasailing, water-skiing, swimming, scuba-diving, surfing, boating, and angling. You can participate in beach volleyball, beach cricket, and other adventurous beach activities.
The sightseeing attractions and spots that attract the honeymooners are:-
- Serenity Beach-The name says it all. Serenity Beach is a stone's throw away from Pondicherry.
- Sri Aurobindo Ashram-the ideal place for meditation and yoga
- Pondicherry Beach (Plage Paradiso)-Take a stroll along this long sun-kissed beach, swim in the cool waters or just lie down
- Raj Nivas-Go back in time by taking a tour inside this majestic palace
- Pondicherry Museum-Apprise yourself with Pondicherry's rich and colourful historical past
- Auroville-this global township which was architected by Roger Arger is without doubt the main attraction of Pondicherry. A cluster of nearly 40 communities based around the Temple of the Mother (Matrimandir) keep themselves in activities that range from organic farming to making handicrafts
- Yanam River Cruise
- The church of Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Mahe Beach
- Karaikal Beach
You'll love to go on a shopping spree in Pondicherry as you pay a very low rate of sales tax for everything or anything you buy. You can pick up handcrafted items, semi-precious stones, perfumes, incense sticks, aromatherapy products, and candles engraved with natural petals.