Usually hot and too balmy to enjoy the wonderful architecture and laid-back architecture, this seaside town is on point for a romantic getaway in the rains. Apart from the museums and the French War Memorial, just meandering through the yellow-hued houses – some traditionally French and others strikingly Tamil, is a fine option. Then just pick one of the myriad seafront cafes or bars and kick back with beverage of choice, ideally wine. Here’s what is essential to do when in Pondi, come rain or shine.
Closest airport: Chennai (160kms)
Driving distance: 377kms
Drive time: 6.5 hours