I should just quickly start by saying that unfortunately I have been unable to find an Internet Cafe that supports Windows 2007 so am unable to use the script I had prepared earlier onto my memory stick......
Feeling 100% better I decided to head off to Pondicherry but I also decided that I did not fancy the "Deluxe Express" bus the two main reasons being that I would have to catch it about 2 kms out of the village as it bypasses here the other reason being that the bus comes from Chennai and the chances of getting a seat are very small, I just don't feel like standing on a crowded bus for 2 hours!!
I have enjoyed my eight days in Mamallapuram even with my few days forced hibernation. The locals have been very friendly and I made some nice short term friendships with other travelers who again have given me some sound advice. My driver picked me up at 9am it is once again a beautiful drive following the coast the countryside is so green with plenty of Paddy Field. We headed straight to The Beach Guest House a hotel that had been recommended to me by a German lady as having nice seaview rooms, having looked at a couple I chose the one with the best view and air-conditioning.
I then set off to explore Pondicherry well take a walk anyway. Pondicherry has been a French Union Territory since the 18th century and remained so even during the British Occupation. You soon notice the very strong French influence from the street names and the restaurants. I stopped at a very nice cafe on the beach front and the menu was in French and the waiters asked for my order in French, it appears that the main language after Tamil is French. It reminds me a bit of Montreal my favourite city for many reasons.....It was not long before I spotted an Indian policeman wearing The Kepi quite a wierd sight really.
Pondicherry has a French part and an Indian part, the French part goes for about five blocks west of the beach and is seperated from the Indian part by a canal. hey could have brought "Gemma Joy"