Soloing in Pondicherry: Of contemplation, surfing & gluttony
Until now, I never considered myself a traveler. But my idea of this year’s resolution was to get out of my comfort zone and do something for myself. Damn right! Traveling was number one in this year’s to-do list while surfing was number two. You ask, but why surfing? Well, I believe in investing my time and efforts in things that stands out.
What got me interested in surfing was a travel experience by Lisa Haydon. I researched a bit and found out that Kallialay Surf School, Pondicherry did indeed have countless reviews. And, so the decision was made.
I turned 25 nearly a month ago. Although I didn’t plan this solo trip to be a birthday gift but what the hell! Instead of gifting myself a high-end materialist and shallow merchandise, I decided to invest in a week long solo surf trip.
You ask, why travel solo when you can have shit loads of fun with friends? Hmm… Why depend on anyone for your happiness or fun? Is it other people’s responsibility to keep you entertained? Phewww! A LOT OF QUESTIONS! Sorry!
I’m selectively social, a self-proclaimed narcissist, and an almost loner. And as always, I was really looking forward to spend time with myself- contemplating my life decisions, planning near-future goals, hogging like a pig, and of course, pretending to be a mermaid and getting bronzed!
I’m a supporter of laid-back lifestyle, and thus Pondicherry was my escape route from the city life. Once I landed in Pondicherry, my mornings were spent getting sun-kissed while learning to be a wave rider with my incredibly patient instructor Juan De Banyan (PS- He’s a rockstar!). Every morning I would head to the Serenity Beach and see Juan, his brother Samai, Dylan and Nico passionately sharing their knowledge with their student surfers.
Afternoons were spent reading, writing and self-analyzing. And, evenings were meant for café hopping and beach walks. Here’s a list of a couple of places (and dishes) that I am totally in love with <3
Café des Arts – Croque monsieur
Le Café– Squids with Lemon Sauce, Burnt Crème
LB2 Lounge– Butter Garlic Squid
Surguru– 3 Taste Uthappam, Ghee Roast, Elaneer Passam
Sri Kamatchi Biryani Veedu– Prawn Biryani
Satsanga– Prawn Biryani
Bread and Chocolate– Apple Tart, Summertime Tartine
Don’t forget to get your hands on the delicious vegan and organic Mason & Co chocolates! You can’t afford to miss them!
Auroville Bakery – There is an unbelievably serene vibe to this place. Once can sit here for hours, munching on drool-worthy snacks, salads, cakes, confectionery and juices.
For someone who’s never been to a coastline for more than a few minutes, this week-long trip was a surreal experience! And, I’m back home with a well satisfied South Indian appetite, a spectacular tan, bruised knees, and as a pro beginner surfer (Juan is proud of me!).
Have faith in yourself and travel solo; at least once. It will be an enriching trip. No fuss, no drama, no tantrums. Just you. If you plan it well, it’ll be a bomb of a trip!