It's a long stretch of rocky beach which has a provision to sit around and also a wide pavement for morning and evening walk. Just before sunset it turns alive and the crowd keeps rising. As you walk down there's also a Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi "The Father of India") statue followed by a sea facing restaurant.
Local vendors and "chaiwalas" (tea selling vendor) roam around selling light snacks etc. Sipping tea while sitting and facing the Wild sea is a memory that is ingrained into me now and a deep thought about it in moments of silence relaxes me even now. There's nothing more soothing than the silence that lies in the roaring waves.
In Gouvert Avenue, parallel to the beach is where is located the Marine Promenade.
Here there are hotels, restaurants, and in the evening and weekend traffic is cut to install food stalls and souvenirs shops, which are also placed on the beach
It is a pleasant place to stroll, take a "lassi", see people, sunbathing ... in short it is a way of taking the pulse of Pondicherry 8 No many people goes for a swim)
Here it is the Mahatma Gandi statue surrounded by eight high pillars
En la avenida Gouvert, paralela a la playa es donde está el Paseo Marítimo. Aquí hay hoteles, restaurantes y al atardecer y los fines de semana se corta el tráfico para instalar los puestos de comida y de souvenirs, que también se ponen en la playa
Es un lugar agradable para dar un paseo, tomar un "lassi", ver a la gente, tomar el sol... enfin es una forma de tomarle el pulso a Pondicherry (Hay poca gente que se bañe)
Aquí está la estatua de Mahatma Gandi rodeada por ocho altas columnas
Walking along the promenade in Pondi is always an interesting experience. There's tonnes of roadside food, pedlars selling colorful beads and hordes of tourists & locals esp. on a weekend evening. You can sit for some time by the sea, just pick a comfortable rock to perch yourself on and our favorite task as we stared into the violent sea was munching on a pack of roasted peanuts :D
It is somewhat irritating to see the blatant disregard for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi- the father of our nation here. You will see kids and adults using the construct as a slide/ play area. The litter around is also disheartening :( One scene we saw was that of a beggar who was sleeping amidst stray dogs, it was a bit heart wrenching...
The cafe on the promenade serves good chilled lemonade and the fries are pretty good. It is open 24/7 and the view of the sea is to die for!
The "Promenade" runs for 1.5 km along Goubert Avenue (Beach Road) overlooking the Bay of Bengal. At the far southern end is a small children's park. Continuing north you will pass several statues (Gandhi), monuments (French War Memorial), heritage buildings (Mairie), even the old lighthouse.
The Bay is clean and mostly blue, although huge rocks prevent you from reaching the water (no swimming). Most of the time it is too hot to walk during the day but the Promenade really comes to life at night. Hawkers set up stalls of snack foods. Other hawkers sell pinwheels and neon-lit toys. Families, couples, and tourists all come out to walk.
It is a perfect spot to watch the sun set!
Take a stroll down the Promenade and you would enjoy a beautiful seaside scenery. The French buildings along this stretch are also a nice view. Along the way you would pass by the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
The promenade near the Govt Secretariat is a hub of activty. It comes alive at night. With lots of restaurants and pubs, you wont be short on good food and a good time...