After watching a vivid and colorful sunrise at the Auro beach, it was time to experience the Chunnambar backwaters boating and Plage paradiso island also called paradise beach in Pondicherry.Plage Paradiso island or paradise beach is an isolated beach from the main land by the Chunnambar backwaters. Thus to reach the paradise beach, one has to cross the Chunnambar backwaters to reach there.
To paradise beach from Chunnambar backwaters by boat:
A regular boat on a regular basis takes around 15-20 minutes of the time to reach on the island of paradise beach. These boats leave from Chunnambar boat-house which is situated on the Pondicherry-Cuddalore highway, around 7 kms from the main city of Pondicherry. We took an Auto-rickshaw for 100 rupees to go there.
Boats at the Chunnambar backwaters and Cuddalore highway in the background
After buying the tickets for 30 rupees, one can ride the designated boat and get down at the beach and then after staying for an hour or two, one can return by the same boat. Boats keep plying from one bank-side to another bank of the backwaters and their avarage frequency is 20 mins between the two.
Chunnambar backwaters is said to be very deep and life-jackets are necessary for every one on the boat, the cost for which is included included in the ticket-price. Once the boat leaves the Chunnambar boat house, one can see the clean backwaters and their under-stream currents. The 20 min journey to paradise beach is really exciting and filled with fun. I would say that the backwaters and the paradise beach are heaven for fun-lovers including photographers, sports-lovers and even family outing.
On the way, you would also see a lot of speed boats and boats of different sizes, filling up the backwaters of Chunnambar with their presence. There is a large mangrove and palm forest along the left shore of the Chunnambar backwaters. These mangroves and palm forest, after the monsoon, are full of greenery and are a treat to our eyes. Its a regular sight to see people filming and shooting photographs. The ride is surely full of amazement while the biggest amazement wait on the other side of the backwaters.
As you approach closer to the paradise beach, you can see the beach appearing out of the waters. Even you can also see the point where the backwaters and the sea meet. Excitement reaches to its peak when the first glimpse of the paradise beach meets our eyes.
There are a few huts at the paradise beach which sell normal snacks and cold-drinks. Except those huts, the beach is not commercialized and still safe from the vendors thus pollution.
After getting down at the sea, one can clearly see the point where the sea and the backwaters meet each other. This point is said to be the perfect fishing ground because in these backwaters sometimes, fishes from the sea venture out.
Sand of the Paradise beach is soft in nature, unlike coarse sand of the Auroville beach. Thus making them a perfect ground for sports and having fun. However, the under currents at the beach are strong and it is not advisable to venture deeper into the sea. The sand at the Plage paradiso appears as a mixture of golden reflection over silvery sheet beside a turquoise water vessel. The vividness of the colors and the peace are a treat to our soul.
The beach is truly paradise in sense that the water color is really blue; sand is golden and silvery; Besides sands are also soft; there is no rush or any sign of busy city-life; there are tree at the far along the beach and they all in confluence make it a true paradise.
Huts at the Paradise beach
After having a lot of fun and peace time together, I personally felt rejuvenated and for a moment, I did not want to go back. However, we had to eventually. So, we stood at the bank on the wooden platform waiting for our ferry while wondering the beauty around.
Important things about the plage paradiso beach:
- You can take your football/Volleyball with you
- Boating takes on the avarage 20 mins from Chunnambar boathouse to Paradise beach
- Avarage boat ride costs around 30 rupees
- Chunnamabar backwaters and boat-house is situated at the Cuddalore highway, 7 Kms from the Pondicherry.
- An auto would cost around 120 rupees.
- Boating Tariff for half an hour:
- 2 Seater Pedal: 25
- 4 Seater Pedal: 40
- 1 Seater Kayak: 10