Pondicherry offers surfing opportunities
Near the village of Tandryankuppam, between Auroville and Pondicherry. This location is ideal for surfing because of two long rocky piers built by the Government of Tamilnadu to protect the beach in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. The waves of the Bay of Bengal break on the sand banks created by these piers. This surf spot has thus been created unintentionally. Since 2002, surfing is this location is slowly gaining popularity. Set in a rustic environment, this surf spot attracts both beginners, intermediates and experts. This surf spot is yet to find a place in the surfing map of India and thus one can ride the waves in peace without being outdone by other surfers.
Early morning is an ideal time to catch the waves due to the offshore winds in the morning. The seawater swells three to six feet. The hollow waves look very inviting as one paddles towards the Bay of Bengal. The waves are quite mellow and a big wave is quite difficult to come by. After rising and falling with the swell, one can chance upon a big wave. The ride on the big wave is truly exhilarating. One feels as if one belongs in the water. One can relax between catching waves by admiring the pristine sandy beach.
Puducherry, also known as Pondicherry, is a Union Territory of India formed out of four enclaves of former French India and named after the largest, Pondicherry. The Tamil name is Puducherry, which means “New Town”. Historically known as Pondicherry, the territory changed its official name to Puducherry in 2006. It is also known as “The French Riviera of the East”. All four districts of Puducherry are located in the coastal region. So some rivers drain into sea in Puducherry and none of them originates within the territory. Five rivers in Pondicherry district, seven in Karaikal, two in Mahé and one in Yanam drain into the sea. Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist spots for national and international tourists. There are several beaches here. There is also Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where Sri Aurobindo spent his last years. There are several temples, monuments, parks and mosques which attract tourists.