Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Overview
Also known as the Plage Paradiso, Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. Adorned with the golden sand, this famous and highly sought after beach is always swaying in a cold sea breeze. This is a little-isolated beach, and to reach here, you have to take a ferry across the backwaters, which takes around 20-30 minutes.
Part of the fun in reaching the beach is the beautiful ferry from the boathouse – the backwaters on the way to the beach are green and have thick mangrove forests. Especially after the monsoons, the backwaters are fresh and green. You can spot a lot of birds while on the ride – and photography enthusiasts would relish the opportunity to get some great photos here.
The sand of the paradise beach is extraordinarily soft and grainy – and a walk along the entire beach is fantastic. However, the currents in the water are high, so it is advisable to not go deep in the water. There are a few shacks along the main entry to the beach, and you can get fresh coconut water and some simple snacks – don’t expect any fancy street food though.
Paradise beach is a great spot to reach early morning and get a view of the sunrise on the eastern coast. You can spend hours sitting on the beach and enjoying the waves. A variety of water sports facilities are available here as well – enthusiastic tourists can try a hand at fishing as fishing rods and nets are easily available for rent.