Coming to their food, just one word, it was yum! Yeah it had a completely different taste compared to the food that you get even in South India. This may be due to the organic spices and garnishing being used from their farm produce. The manager also mentioned using a plant weed in our dishes, that grows normally in Auroville. He was a foreigner named Krishna (that’s the pun, I guess ;)).We even tried their hibiscus cooler and green smoothie. You’ll love them if you like organic stuff.
Their ambience was like that of a campsite. There were people sitting in their comfort places, some of them enjoying their coffee while some their siesta. We felt like we were sitting in a forest and having some great food. People who ate there cleaned their own dishes and so did we. It was a feeling of self-satisfaction. Post lunch, we tried their carrot cake. The carrot cake was a completely new concept, and a must try if you visit Solitude Farm. It’s completely vegan and contains carrot, peanuts, coconut as the main ingredients.
After a thorough study of the map, we thought of visiting a place called Swaram, where musical instruments are made. We picked our Jupiter and TVS street and started exploring the Auroville roads again. This was another topsy-turvy ride. A local guided us halfway to Swaram as the roads were kind of confusing. But hold, just before reaching Swaram, we found a Bamboo centre.
The Auroville Bamboo centre hosted workshops for making Bamboo furniture, articles and a lot more. It also included a retail showroom that sold musical instruments, wind chimes and soaps. We again ended up buying more soaps (just like many other places on the trip, fragrance obsessed!)