Good hotel experience in Puducherry, India

A few years ago I traveled to the East coast of India to discover a small town called Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry. Puducherry is located some tens of kilometers south of Chennai along the East coast of India.

Hotel Sunway Manor and entrance
Hotel Sunway Manor and entrance


I chose to stay in a hotel called Sunway Manor, which was a four-star hotel located by a main road called Hundred Feet Road.

Double bed in Hotel Sunway Manor
Double bed in Hotel Sunway Manor

My room was spacious and tidy and there were two chairs and a table in addition to the bed, TV and the desk. From the window I was able to see the tops of the palm trees further in the horizon and also the sun rising from the East.

The hotel room service was impeccable and on some afternoons one could find an elephant folded of towels on the bed.

Hotel neighborhood
Hotel neighborhood
Sunway Manor hotel swimming pool
Sunway Manor hotel swimming pool
Hotel swimming pool
Hotel swimming pool


There were two swimming pools in the inner yard of the hotel: a large pool for adults and a small pool for children. There were also a few sunbeds with shadows around the pool, and the shadows were really needed as the sun was shining hot almost all day.

However, in the indoors the climate of Pondicherry did not bother as the hotel was fully air-conditioned.

South Indian and French breakfasts come together
South Indian and French breakfasts come together


Puducherry’s common history with France was evident only in the hotel breakfast, where the morning buffet menu included traditional South Indian breakfast along with French delicacies such as pancake, croissant and toast. Fresh papaya, watermelon and fruits along with pongal were also served.

South Indian buffet dinner
South Indian buffet dinner

The hotel’s buffet dinner was a wonderful discovery trip to South Indian meals, but a few Indian dishes common even in Finland were also served, and the dishes were not too spicy.

Masala Dosa alà Hotel Sunway Manor
Masala Dosa alà Hotel Sunway Manor

For a small hunger one could order masala dosa from the room service, and it was brought with coconut and other chutneys. My experience was that masala dosa may look as modest as in the photo attached and still taste good.

Bodhi statue at Hotel Sunway Manor in Pondicherry
Boddhi statue at Hotel Sunway Manor

I was very pleased with the hotel, and if there was something to improve, it would have been having a roof terrace and the sea near by. However, the location was by a major road, and one could have an air-conditioned taxi from the hotel, or even pick up a yellow rickshaw in front of the hotel if one wanted to get to the beach. However though, for cultural reasons, sunbathing was only possible by the hotel’s swimming pool.

The best thing about this hotel in my humble opinion was its SPA, which refreshed the tired and flabby Finnish skin totally. Ayurvedic facial treatments and massages given at the Bodhi SPA, together with high quality ayurvedic SPA products, alleviated the prickly heat problem which is often experienced in them tropical climates. And the customer was able to continue her journey with good memories.

Here’s a short video by me of the Sunway Manor hotel in Pondicherry:

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HaryanaChandigarh
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Around India, instantly with images

India is a huge country, consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories.

So far I’ve visited some ten of them states of India, and it is really a fascinating dream to think of travelling and experiencing all of them Indian states and photograph them.

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All the Indian states and state capitals

and Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka

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and Panaji, the capital of Goa

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and Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra

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and Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat

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and Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan

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and Chandigarh, the capital of Haryana

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and Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab

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and Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh

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and Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir

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and Kohima, the capital of Nagaland

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and Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

and Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh

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and Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh

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and Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana

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and Hyderabad, the capital of Andra Pradesh

and Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu

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and Thiruvanathapuram, the capital of Kerala

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and Bhupaneswar, the capital of Odisha

and Naya Raipur, the capital of Chattisgarh

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and Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal

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and Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand

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and Patna, the capital of Bihar

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and Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim

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and Dispur, the capital of Assam

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and Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya

and Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh

and Imphal, the capital of Manipur

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and Agartala, the capital of Tripura

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and Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram

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and New Delhi, the capital of India

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