Famous Ones: Serenity Beach, Plage Paradiso, Karaikal
Beach & Mahe Beach
The beach comber and the sun-worshipper
have miles of "nirvana" in Pondicherry. The waters are cool and
soothing. The sand's clear and sparkling, in splendid seclusion.
Quite often, one's only company is a lone seagull, or a sandpiper.
Many resorts, cottages, cafes and bars command an excellent view
of the sea.
A ten-minute drive to the north of the town brings one to these
virgin sands. The ambience is well captured in its name. One can
touch the calm. This place is ideal for a quick dip, a touch of
the sun and a cool reprieve in the shade.
PLAGE PARADISO (PARADISE BEACH)
At Chunnambar, 8-km from the town, along Cuddalore Main Road, lies
this stretch of tropical paradise. Flanked by a quiet-flowing creek
on one side. In fact, one can sail downstream to the sands and pitch
up a cozy seaside tent for oneself. Overnight stay within the tree
houses on the backwater banks provides a relishing experience of
the great outdoors.
A short, pleasant cruise into the sea from here could reward one
with the memorable sight of playful dolphins in natural habitat,
Sunrise-watchers can catch a magnificent view over the bay, with
the pretty Arasalar River reaching out to the sea. Alternatively,
one can canoe or kayak in picture-book surroundings. Have a round
of beach volleyball or, armed with the angling gear, one can reel
in a surprise.
22-km south of Kannur, on the northern strip of coastal Kerala lies
this bewitching beach strip. From Calicut (Kozikode), one will find
this 75-km north of the town, bordered by a luxuriant crop of tall
palm and dotted with numerous fishing hamlets.
YANAM RIVER CRUISE
Yanam, in coastal Andhra Pradesh, provides a different route to
exhilaration. As one enjoys a sunset cruise down the spectacular
Goringa Godavari River, which winds through rich mangrove forests.