Pondicherry has 45 kms of frothy and picturesque
coastline. Its beaches are virgin; the golden yellow sand is unpolluted.
The continental slope is gentle and safe. It has all the potential
of becoming a beach resort of world fame. There are many mass festivals
like Veerampattinam Festival, Masi Magam etc. which culminate on
the beaches. The vibrant Indian spiritualism has to be seen to be
believed on such occasions.
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, horsing around.
Sunrise -watchers can catch their magnificent view over the bay,
with the pretty Arasalar river reaching out to the sea. Alternatively,
you can canoe or kayak in picture-book surroundings. Have a round
of beach volley ball. Or, armed with the angling gear, you can reel
in a surprise.
Twenty two kms south ofKannur, on the northern strip of coastal
Kerala lies this bewitching beach strip. From Calicut, you will
find this 75 kms 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
exhilararion. As you enjoy a sunset cruise down the spectacular
Goringa Godavari river which winds through rich mangrove forests.
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.