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Pondicherry - A French Paradise in India

The Corona travel restrictions had just been relaxed and I was eager to hit the road. After mulling a lot on the place to visit, we just randomly picked up Pondicherry as our weekend getaway destination. In no time, we were accompanied by our little one - Alto & hit the highway straight to Pondicherry from Hyderabad. Sometimes, the best trips are the unplanned ones and this was true in our case! It was a thrilling 800 km drive filled with wonderful sights through the Ongole-Nellore route along the coastline. The drive started at 10 pm and the destination was in sight at 2 pm the next day. Since it was a family trip & corona relaxations had just come in, we took pre-packed eatables with us so that there was no need to halt anywhere except for a little rest breaks.

Route we Took:

Our onward route from Hyderabad was the Nalgonda-Miryalaguda-Narasaraopeta-Addanki-Ongole-Nellore-Gudur-Sullurupeta-Gumudipoondi-Chennai route - NH65, then 167A which took us about 16 hours & around 800 km journey

Pondy is a great weekend getaway from Chennai and one can easily drive through the ECR to enjoy the serene and the picturesque road ahead in the journey. (Appx. 3 hrs drive)