As Chennai doesn't have that much more to offer the tourist, we decided to take a bus trip down the coast to Pondicherry, a lovely town that was occupied by the French years back and still retains lots of French influence. We found a great hotel (Ram Guest House), which was more like a hotel you'd find in a modern european city.
The streets are lined with beautiful trees that give a wonderful dappled shade from the seering heat and the majority of the houses are in a wonderful old french colonial style. We had pinch ourselves quite a few times to remind us that we were in India! (you even hear Indians speaking french).
There isn't really a great deal to see in the town...it's more of a place to wander and take in the atmosphere. There is a however a large part of the town that is dedicated to a spirital community called Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which attracts lots of tourists trying to "find themselves". Not quite Steve's and my scene, but the Ashram distrct was lovely to walk around.
The next day we had a wander around the shops and then caught
the bus back to Madras...sorry, the long, hot, cramped, loud Bollywood film, loud horned bus, back to Madras for the night....we had to be up at 5am the next day to catch a train to Bangalore, so an early night was in order.
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