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Walking around White Town in Pondicherry is the highlight of any trip to this city. It used to be an area specially reserved for the "white" French people settled here back in the 17th century. In the present day, as you walk around this area, you'll be greeted by walls painted in vivid colours, adorned by bougainvillea flowers. I had spent countless hours looking up all the places in Pondicherry on Instagram and Pinterest. My research told me to pack enough bright, summery clothes for the White Town area and the cute cafes. On the other hand, I needed a little more reserved clothing for Auoville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Nobody likes to visit a place of worship in shorts! With all of this in consideration, here's a guide on what to pack for a Pondicherry trip.
Bright Green Off-Shoulder Top
Coming to simple yet powerful Pondicherry outfits, this one is a winner. A simple green off-shoulder top paired with black jeans and statement earrings blended seamlessly with the walls of the French quarter. The green and black was a striking contrast to the bright yellow exteriors of houses and hotels. Sometimes it's the simplest outfits that made the loudest noise. This outfit is proof of that.
Pink Top and Blue Jeans
My first outfit for Pondicherry was a pink ruffle top that matched with the pink of the bougainvillea flowers. This top was paired with blue biker jeans. I also tugged around my blue and white backpack. Overall, the look worked really well while walking around the French Quarters because of the colour coding. The pink and blue against a white wall underneath matching pink flowers is a match made in heaven. Add pink quirky jutis and sunglasses and voila! You have a picture perfect outfit.
Maxi Skirt and Shirt
While visiting Auroville, an experimental community where people from different nations live in harmony, I choose a flowy maxi skirt. A carolina blue coloured skirt paired with a white shirt was my outfit for the day. With this skirt, you don't have to worry about what to wear in Auroville. It was easy to walk around the entire area in a skirt, especially since I had managed to injured my leg. The skirt allowed a lot of movement and looked super elegant in pictures. I felt nothing short of royalty! To add a pop of colour to the outfit, I wore bright tassel earrings that I bought from a market in Delhi. An added bonus was that the cool colours of my outfit complemented the warm colours of the Matrimandir.
Pink off-shoulder top with Flared Sleeves
The white town area in Pondicherry has dozens of houses with pink walls. in addition to that, there are cafes, such as Py cafe, that have cutesy pink decor. In such cases, the pink top with dramatic sleeve blends in perfectly with the pastel colours that can be found almost everywhere in Pondicherry. I paired my pink top with a blue a-line skirt that I got from Forever 21.
Polka Dot Dress with Boots
You can never go wrong with polka dots when you're confused about what to pack for Pondicherry. This monochrome polka dot dress from Ajio is the most stylish addition to my lookbook. The breezy shirt dress along with boots, a handbag is perfect for strutting around the colourful white town area. In addition to that, I wore a green neck-piece to add a pop of colour to an otherwise black and white look.
White T-Shirt, Jeans and Sneakers
Packing for Pondicherry is easy if you carry basic tees with jeans. For strutting around Pondicherry and visiting the local churches, I paired a white t-shirt with light blue jeans and my trusted sneakers. The top has some funky patchwork that made it interesting. I donned pink feather earrings to make the overall outfit pop out more. On a chilly day, add a denim jacket to this outfit for walking around town or for a casual airport look.
Casual Dress and Sneakers
Saving the best for the last. When I think about what to wear in Pondicherry, this dress comes to mind immediately. This is my favourite outfit amongst all the clothes that I wore in Pondicherry. A simple, pastel striped dress from AND, sneakers and a handy bendy complimented each other well to form a breezy outfit. I wore this while I was strolling around White Town and photographing the bright houses and walls. The knee-length dress was a convenient choice of clothing since it allowed easy movement, unlike jeans which feel tight and sticky after a while. Sneakers helped me walk for long without hurting my feet. I added a white bendy to accentuate the outfit and donned sunglasses during the day when I stepped outside.
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Where to Stay in Pondicherry - Hotels in Pondicherry
Pondicherry has a bunch of accommodation for all budgets. While you can find a hotel in Pondicherry at various locations, I would suggest staying close to the picturesque White Town area.