Chunnambar Beach, Pondicherry

Here's what one website says about Chunnambar:

"One can swim, row a boat, stay on a tree house and watch the sunrise, have a picnic at the beach and play beach volleyball, go trekking, or even fishing! It has a fully functional water sports center and a breathtaking pool amidst the backwaters."

I'm not sure there's a pool or fishing facility, but the beach here is blissfully relaxing. You won't find a huge crowd about. Chunnambar is around 7 kilometers from Pondicherry, at Ariyankuppam. Get that right. People you ask directions from just might not know Chunnambar. So ask for Ariyankuppam.

The beach is at the mouth of the backwaters. The sand is clean and sprinkled with shells. Boy! That's something you don't find on beaches these days. Plastic, maybe, but shells in such numbers... oh no.



To reach this beach called Plage Paradiso or Paradise Beach, you need to take a boat ride that lasts about twenty minutes or so. If that's too many names to handle - Chunnambar Beach... Paradise Beach... rest assured. They are the same. Though I must confess that I didn't hear anyone refer to the beach as Paradise Beach.

I was so taken in by the ride along the rather dense forest that closely fringes the waters that I didn't exactly count the minutes. The waters are even fringed with palm groves in some places.


And then, quite abbruptly, you spot a small sandy bar in the distance and beyond it, the bright blue sea. The boat berths at a tiny wooden pier, below which you'll find the water teeming with tiny black fish.





The small bamboo deck on Paradise Beach, quickly knocked up as it appears, is still a good observation point. I guess the beach would be more attractive with fewer crowds, which would be on working days after the schools and colleges open. We went there during the beginning of the summer vacation, on a holiday and found the place a bit too crowded. Not crowded like Marina Beach on a Sunday, but a little too crowded for a beach that is supposed to have just a few people about.

You better not swim out far into the sea as the undercurrent is pretty strong here and there was no lifeguard in sight while we were there. But the waters close to the shore are perfectly safe. Quite a stretch of it is shallow too.

You might want to check out the Chunnambar Beach Resort and the Sea Gull Chunnambar Beach Resort if you plan on a longer stay and not a picnic. I guess both these resorts are the same. Mine was a quick trip to Chunnambar. We didn't stay here.

18 comments:

rama said...

Good information of the place i was looking for. I also cannot stand this crowd in the beaches like some Mela. And then they leave the beach so dirty.
We have such beautiful beaches in our country, but most of them are not well maintained. I was looking for a beach that would offer some quiet and let us enjoy the waves and the sea breeze and feel totally relaxed. But I don't think I will ever find one.

Instinctive Traveller said...

actually yes, not as long as people hoard at the beaches and dirty the place without regard for others. i'm sure chunnambar has become a dirty beach now. : (

Anonymous said...

Hi, i'm planning a trip for me and my team from work for a couple of nights in pondicherry, i'm having a hard time finding a budget beach resort, with a beach just out front, when you say "Chunnambar Beach Resort and the Sea Gull Chunnambar Beach Resort,I guess both these resorts are the same" do you mean that its the same hotel known by two names, its the same type of accomodations.
thanks.

Instinctive Traveller said...

Both beaches are the same. You could check this link here which is quite authoritative: http://www.holidayiq.com/Sea-Gull-Chunnambar-Beach-Resort-Pondicherry-hotel-1536.html. Hope this helps.

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Anonymous said...

How much is the price for accomodation in the rooms there ..the normal ones n tree houses ?

Anonymous said...

And is there any online website to book them , if not wat is the other option in order to book a stay at this resort . because i dont wanna get cheated .

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Tracy Howard said...

The assistant manager - Kumar is a rude, sexist, bigotted swine who used rude tamil words, refused to serve us and commented on the ladies in our group.

The manager Cerian was very polite, but as this is a government restaurant, has no authority and can't get his staff to do anything other than walk around NOT doing their jobs.

If you're with family or clients and you are Indian, Seagulls will ensure they embarrase you and make India look like a third world country infront of your clients.

If you are with family, please protect elders and youngsters from this behaviour.

Sad that calling something a Govt. Hotel has turned into an insult.

Still standing here, after 45 min. Waiting for chairs. 4 staff staring at me, but no service.

Tracy Howard said...

The assistant manager - Kumar is a rude, sexist, bigotted swine who used rude tamil words, refused to serve us and commented on the ladies in our group.

The manager Cerian was very polite, but as this is a government restaurant, has no authority and can't get his staff to do anything other than walk around NOT doing their jobs.

If you're with family or clients and you are Indian, Seagulls will ensure they embarrase you and make India look like a third world country infront of your clients.

If you are with family, please protect elders and youngsters from this behaviour.

Sad that calling something a Govt. Hotel has turned into an insult.

Still standing here, after 45 min. Waiting for chairs. 4 staff staring at me, but no service.

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