Known to be “The French Riviera of the East”, Pondicherry has now become a popular tourist destination – and surely, a better alternative for Goa! With picturesque beaches and Insta-worthy cafes, chic boutiques tucked on the quaint streets with brightly colored walls, this former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, making it a dreamy escape that offers the best of both worlds.
Whether you’re contemplating another holiday by the beaches or may be thinking of a place for working remotely, you can choose to explore the boulevards and rues (the French word for streets) of Pondicherry while unwinding at some of the gorgeous homestays that have opened their doors in this town.
So, if you’re planning for a workation or just thinking of a quick getaway, here are the best Airbnb accommodations in Pondicherry to choose from:
Serenity Gardens Studio is inspired by contemporary and sustainable architecture, amidst a growing garden. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place will let you unwind peacefully during your vacay! It is simple and minimalist and reflects a commitment to down-to-earth aesthetic sensibilities. The rooms offer comfort with simplicity. The beach, an integral part of life in Pondicherry is just a few minutes’ walk away. There are a few surfing schools around this property for those who wish to try out something new!
Cost for 2: Rs 2700/night
The room opens up on a huge terrace overlooking the blue waters kissing the horizon. It’s a cozy place in a heritage mansion, located in the famous French quarters of Pondicherry. The host stays on the lower floors with the family and will make sure that you have a great time while staying here. There are two adorable dogs to cuddle as well. The room is essentially big and spacious, done up with antique furniture. It’ll surely give you a ‘home away from home’ vibes, and there’s a kitchen too – for those who are planning for a workation here.
There are multiple cafes around the place – and you must visit Villa Shanti, Crepe in Touch, Flamming Dragon, and the Auro Boutique all of which are a two-minute walk away. The Seaside Promenade is one block away from the property.
Cost for 2: Rs 6500/night
Tucked in the Gratitude Heritage House, the Lotus Room will fill you with much-needed bliss! As the name suggests. this heritage property has the best of Franco-Tamil spirits and holds on to the pride that dates back to decades. The bungalow is located in Vaithikuppam which is the gentrified fishing village adjoining the French precinct.
This locality is a photographer’s haven and one can see and experience the real India in the clean lanes of Vaithikuppam. The area is along the sea coast but there are no swimming beaches here. A perfect place for staycation/ workation, the hosts are providing great meals, high-speed internet, great working ambiance, and personalized packages to suit your pocket.
Cost for 2: Rs 6000/night
“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos” – that’s the motto of this property – Le Tranquil, which is a tastefully built modern villa with contemporary architecture and blissfully designed living space providing an abundance of natural light and fresh air.
The villa is in a prime location in the neighborhoods of White Town with the beach, restaurants, and places of interest all within walkable distance. Whether you are traveling with your family or friends, you’ll have a relaxing stay enjoying the grandeur space, having casual chats by the waterbody, or playing board games in the game room! There are three gorgeous bedrooms, which can accommodate 6 people – and would be perfect for a corporate getaway as well.
Cost for 6: Rs 11,000/night
Shubham is built with a vision to preserve the rich architectural heritage of Pondicherry. During one of my trips, I chose to stay here for a couple of nights – and I can assure you that it’s one of the best Airbnb accommodations in Pondicherry. The home is designed with an aesthetic blend of traditional Tamil houses and quintessential French architecture to carry you back in time for a perfect holiday experience.
You can lie back and dream as you look out of the large beautiful windows, typically known as “fenêtre” in French, or take a stroll on the terrace midst the classic pillars of the traditional Chettinad homes. The furniture in this house is a handpicked collection of antiques that fit in harmoniously with the heritage theme, adding to the warmth and beauty of this place. The rooms have a peaceful atmosphere that allows you to settle in comfortably and relax as you enjoy your stay at this gorgeous property.
Cost for 2: Rs 6300/night
This is a fully equipped studio apartment in the heart of White Town. Located on the first floor of a cozy courtyard of a Heritage building, and just a walking distance from the Promenade Beach and all the restaurants, shops, and best places to visit in Pondy (Botanical garden, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French memorial, Barathi park, Pondicherry Museum). This studio apartment can accommodate up to 3 guests, and it’s a pet-friendly homestay.
Cost for 3: Rs 3600/night
Tucked in a 200-year-old house which has been restored aesthetically with lots of love, this property is for those who love traditional architecture and vintage aesthetics along with modern-day comforts. It has also been the location for the latest series of “The real Marigold Hotel-Season 4” aired by BBC. Be assured to experience home-like hospitality, and you will get an adequate amount of privacy while spending your days here. This boutique stay is perfectly located just within 150m from the sea, in the French precinct of Pondicherry. There is a lovely open/covered terrace to spend long, lazy afternoons, a massage room, a library full of some great books, and a courtyard that has an old mango tree and a lovely garden.
Cost for 2: Rs 4100/night
Located in Auroville, away from the chaos and cacophony of the main city, Kavas is indeed a place for a retreat. Incredible location, cozy rooms, delicious food, generous hosts, and great vibes will make your stay memorable. This is definitely a no-frills place, so expect to live amidst bare essentials. There’s a lovely pool to dive in, and you can simply rent a cycle to paddle around the quaint lanes of Auroville during your next trip to Pondicherry.
Cost for 2: Rs 3700/night
Today, we all know what the Japanese concept of ‘Ikigai’ really stands for – and while you’re here at this property, you’ll surely get to relate to it. Ikigai is a quiet, warm and luxurious home, designed to help you discover that inner peace. The house has large transparent windows to invite sunshine, fresh air, and a flow of energy. The study table and reading areas have a view of a powerful Peepal tree and the heritage Calve College. Located on a quiet street, the beach road and the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram are only a 5 min walk away. Ikigai is designed for those who want a break from the hustle and bustle of busy cities to rejuvenate and discover something within and without. You will find everything you need for a comfortable stay so you can simply move in and make yourself at home.
Cost for 2: Rs 6600/night
If you love colors, patterns, and plants, Jungalow Living is just the place for you. Put your feet up in a clean and cozy home that’s filled with Insta-worthy nooks and crannies. At the same time, your stay at Auroville Main Road gives you easy access to the places you want to explore in Auroville. Set in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood, the home has 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, WiFi and cable TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and car parking. The home has been thoughtfully furnished, keeping in mind the needs of travelers – whether you are staying for a day or for a few months. The decor is calming with leafy prints strewn all over the home and is at the same time snazzy with splashes of colors everywhere. The bright, lively, and peppy interiors are sure to make you smile. The famous Auroville Bakery is 600m away. Bread & Chocolate and Tantos Pizzeria, which are arguably the best restaurants in Auroville, are about 1km away. Sakura Sushi, an amazing cooked sushi bar (with veg and non-veg options) is just around the corner.
Cost for 2: Rs 5000/night
So head on down to this postcard-perfect town of the Indian Coast and chug a few beers (at the Union Territory prices; bid adieu to state taxes), go for a leisurely stroll or a bicycle ride, gorge on some delicious French cuisine or just read a book sitting at one of the quaint cafes.
(All photos have been sourced from Airbnb’s official website.)