A short trip to Auroville -check out our experience at Bread and chocolate, Matirmandir and Swaram.
How to travel without spending a lot and still enjoy going to a beautiful place, eating yummy food and experiencing new things!? (Easy peasy) Task challenges – No mobile phone or internet access!
My friend and I took a bus to Pondicherry on a Sunday morning. We were almost broke since it was end of the month and decided to go to places where we can manage to enjoy better and spend wisely at the same time. (Bus ticket price Rs.250 per head) We stopped the bus somewhere midway and got down at Auroville.
Being major foodies our first stop was at Bread and Chocolate! Yes, the food was as yummy as the restaurant name sounds! Their breads are unreal!
Here are the must try items from there:
Chia seed pudding
Cacao granola bowl
Croissant (Massive one –Better than the croissants in Paris!!)
Chilled out chocolate.
(Bill amount – Rs. 655 including taxes)
Don’t forget to get your hands on their organic peanut butter, cocoa powder, drinking chocolate granolas and lot more. ( But not advisable if you are travelling in a budget like us :P)
We next started to move towards Matrimandir. The Matrimandir can be viewed as a large golden sphere which signifies as the “soul” of Auroville and situated in a large open area called “peace”. I was stunned for a second looking at the Matrimandir which was looking a geodesic dome covered by golden discs. You can try going there in the evening as it looks amazing when the sun sets.
So yes as promised you still didn’t get to experience new things right! Yea that’s where we were going after visiting the Mandir. Hands down even if you are into Music or not this place is a must visit in Auroville. It’s known as Svaram where you can get interesting musical instruments and try some workshops. It’s been more than 14 years since they started this training center. We were so lucky to try few music instruments. There was a storm drum which produced rhythm of storms. A Litho stone which looked like a massive piano outdoors. There were other creative instruments as well which produced various sounds of nature which literally sounds like a romantic track. One of the most interesting features of Svaram is the sound healing space where people suffering from traumas, depression can benefit just with the help of rhythm! It’s so therapeutic and stress bursting. It undoubtedly works as a music spa in my words! We really didn’t have to pay anything at Svaram as we didn’t buy any instruments.
In total we approximately spent Rs.1000 per head only which includes travel and food. We were so happy that we were travelling without our phones. Although we couldn’t take some Instagram worthy pictures, we surely have a photographic memory of that beautiful place. Travel is always about having mixed emotions, making new friends and definitely the experiences which is different for all of us. Our weekend almost ended and sadly we had to head back to the city :/
In conclusion Auroville is definitely worth going if you are looking for a short trip. There are also lot of other interesting workshops happening and lot more yummy restaurants to try!