Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram 🚙💨…along the East Coast Road (Photoblog)

Four nights in Pondicherry – split between two hotels – 2 nights at Maison Perumal, a boutique hotel in the heart of Pondy and 2 nights at Ocean Spray, a sprawling resort close to a beach, on the East Coast Road (ECR) but 16 km away from Pondicherry.

Ocean Spray on the East Coast Road (ECR)
Ocean Spray on the East Coast Road (ECR)
Inside the Ocean Spray Resort on the ECR - Villas with water view
Inside the Ocean Spray Resort on the ECR – Villas with water view

It’s perfect for a leisurely walk in the evening. Families makeup the crowd here; kids love splashing in the pool and happy kids translate to happy parents👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.

Outdoor games in progress at Ocean Spray on ECR
Outdoor games in progress at Ocean Spray on ECR
Heading for the pool - farm animals at the Ocean Spray on ECR
Heading for the pool – farm animals at the Ocean Spray on ECR
Rooms and villas of different types are on offer at Ocean Spray
Rooms and villas of different types are on offer at Ocean Spray
Villas at Ocean Spray
Villas at Ocean Spray
Nigtfall and the crowd moves to the restaurant
Nigtfall and the crowd moves to the restaurant

The breakfast buffet was not good at Ocean Spray; for dinner we ordered a la carte and the food was tasty (spicy) 😋!! The Kheema Naan was very good and we had the Chicken Chettinad and Kozhi Malli Khorma.

We had paid for an extra bed in the room; the room service informed us that there were no spare cots available at the time. But not to disappoint – as an example of Indian jugaad – they made a makeshift cot with three mattresses and put another one of top – and the extra bed is done !!

Our extra bed - 3 mattresses to make up for a cot and a fourth one to sleep.
Our extra bed – 3 mattresses to make up for a cot and a fourth one to sleep.
The beach is a 2 minute walk from the resort
The beach is a 2 minute walk from the resort
Sunset on the beach
Sunset on the beach

Walking along the beach at dusk we see tiny but fast moving crabs – sand crabs; I was afraid one would crawl up my legs😬.

Sand crabs on the beach
Sand crabs on the beach

From Pondicherry, we head to the historical town on Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, 80 km on the ECR. 

On the ECR from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram
On the ECR from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram

The road is fantastic and scenery outside is pretty, water bodies…

Along the ECR from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram
Along the ECR from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram
Sand mining ?
Sand mining ?
Along the ECR
Along the ECR

ECR started off a two lane; soon became four lane and as we approached Mahabalipuram, there was road beautification and clean up in progress for the Modi -Jinping meet.

As we reach Mahabalipuram, the ECR sports a fresh coat of paint for the Modi -Jinping's meet
As we reach Mahabalipuram, the ECR sports a fresh coat of paint for the Modi -Jinping’s meet

Not happy with the breakfast at Ocean Spray, our first stop is Taj Fisherman’s Cove on the ECR for an early lunch.

The road leading to the Taj Fisherman's Cove had this waterbody - the colour of the water is surreal - teal ?
The road leading to the Taj Fisherman’s Cove had this waterbody – the colour of the water is surreal – teal ?
At Taj Fisherman's Cove for lunch
At Taj Fisherman’s Cove for lunch
The ubiquitous Chicken Biryani at Taj Fisherman's Cove
The ubiquitous Chicken Biryani at Taj Fisherman’s Cove

Selecting from the Taj Autograph Collection – we tried the Fish & Chips and Chicken Bunny Chow – both were good😋.

Chicken Bunny Chow - a South African street food - the bun is hollowed out and filled with chicken and potato curry
Chicken Bunny Chow – a South African street food – the bun is hollowed out and filled with chicken and potato curry

The food was good, but the service was soo…. slow, by the time we asked for the bill and made the payment, there was enough time to take a nap😴.

Till next post, take care!!

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