We won’t blame you if you feel you’ve stumbled into a French Mediterranean town  in ‘Pondy’. A distinct French Quarter lined with mustard coloured houses with French architecture, cobbled stone streets and French patisseries serving croissants is the most charming part of this quaint seaside town in South India.. Go for a heritage walk here, try beach hopping, spend a quiet day at Auroville or the Sri Aurobindo Ashram or just tuck into some of the best French cuisine you’ll get in India.

India is packed with umpteen options for solo travellers and I’ve made it a point to go on one solo trip each year. It is not only a whole new different way of experiencing the place, it has become my way of life.