The beaches of Pondicherry/Puducherry are very beautiful. Unfortunately the coastline erosion along this coast is gradually affecting the beaches, I hope this would stop or be a very gradual and prolonged process.
During our recent five day visit to Pondicherry we stayed at The Ashok Beach Resort for four days and at The French Villa for one day. The stay at The Ashok Beach Resort was to our entire satisfaction. The resort has a private beach and we stayed at a seaside cottage with 180 degrees view of the great ocean – the Bay of Bengal. We enjoyed our walks on the beach and the view and sound of the sea round the clock from our accommodation. And the food was great. The attached video and photographs would introduce you to this lovely beach resort.
The Ashok Beach Resort is huge. It is an absolutely environment friendly location spread over 65 acres and most of the area is overlooking the sea. The hotel is a joint venture project of ITDC – India Tourism Development Corporation (Government of India undertaking) and PIPDIC (Government of Pondicherry undertaking). It is located along the East Coast Road a little away from the city close to Pondicherry University in Kalapet area. So the beach here is called as Kalapet beach.
The weather was fine during our stay, rather very cold in the evenings. We were to return to Hyderabad on the fourth day but due to overcast sky and resulting poor visibility at Pondicherry airport our plane that was to take us to Hyderabad could not land there and was diverted to Chennai. So we postponed our departure to the next day and stayed at The French Villa, a heritage property in White Town, very close to Promenade beach. As a result we got more time to enjoy watching the sea and the Promenade area and the food available there.