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    With the holidays coming to a close, are you making one last dash to Pondy this weekend? Our pick of the season’s best

    THE lazy summer vibe in Pondicherry usually lingers till the last week of June, which is when most of the holidaying residents return. So why don’t you make the best of relatively empty beaches and attractive hotel discounts, together with our list of six things to do?

    Windward away
    Hoist a sail and drift away in the quiet Ariyankuppam backwaters. Pondy Nautic’s one-hour sailing experience is for anyone curious to experience what being propelled by water and wind feels like. Pick up sailing jargon, bird watch and handle the boat with the skipper’s guidance. At Rs 2,800 per boat (maximum 3 adults). Subject to weather. Details: 8220125027

    Orange crush IMG_20160527_201324
    If you’ve been tagging your Instagram posts with #dyingofheat, Umami’s new cocktail, Orange Blossom will feel like a cool summer shower poured into a glass. Juicy watermelon and a zing of orange, mixed with vodka and topped with mint makes this drink luscious (Rs 400). “We wanted to create a tropical vibe using fresh fruits abundant during this season,” explains Rohit Agarwal, bartender/partner. Details: 9597819980

    Paint your umbrella TASMAI-ART1
    Pottering is more your style? Head to the airy Tasmai gallery in Kuruchikuppam. The current exhibition ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ has summer themed activities every Sunday. Exchange recipes using sun-dried ingredients, make terracotta, paint umbrellas and design cloth hats, making the most of lazy afternoons. Details: 0413 2221052

    Melting mint GelatoFactory_0001-179
    Block out summer momentarily with fresh hand-made gelato (double scoops at Rs 120) at the Gelato Factory’s brand new outlet on Mission Street. Aurovillian Francesco Carboni recommends their new mint flavour which will linger on your tongue long after. For a double delight, mix it up with Malaga—a heady combo of rum and raisin—or the zesty yoghurt orange.

    Afternoon in the pool la villa full
    If you find the beach too hot for a summer afternoon, La Villa’s poolside offer—valid till June 30—may sound tempting. Stretch out in the pool or in the shade of a mango tree nearby, sipping mocktails or better, lounge in a luxurious suite from  2 to 7 pm. At Rs 3,500 for two. Details: 0413 2338555

    Adventure code IMG_0312
    If the soaring mercury cannot dull your spirit, sign up for Pondy Adventures’ eight activity package. Take aim with archery and paintball, try your hand at virtual golf and automatic cricket ball thrower, up the game with reverse bungee, gyro ride, land zorbing and finally relax with a fish spa. Rs 1,200  per person at Club Mahindra. Details: 9894725858

    —Olympia Shilpa Gerald

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