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  Tata Tea Museum
by MichaelFalk1969

India is an incredible country for sightseeing, but some destinations marketed as "sights" are not really that exciting. I´ve made my personal top ten - ranking of Indian non-sights, but this is only my subjective opinion:

1. Mahaballipuram Beach
No square inch of the beach is clean, and swimming is not allowed. What is the point in having a beach then ?
2. Kurisumula Cow Farm
The Indians are obsessed with sucessful cow breeding projects, it seems, but we have cows in Europe, too (maybe not on the roads), so it is not that spectacular.
3. Indo Swiss Cow Project (Munnar area)
see tip 2!
4. Tata Tea Museum Munnar
The guide spoke barely intelligible English and the only thing I understood was that you have to boil tea leaves before drinking - that was not new to me. One of the smallest museums I have ever been to.
5. Matupetty Lake (Munnar area)
A stopover on the way from Munnar to Top Station, crowded with souvenir stands and not really a quiet romantic spot.
6. Echo Point (Munnar area)
Another stopover on the way to Top Station, plenty of tour groups shouting and trying to produce an echo. Quite a dirty spot, much littering and rubbish.
7. Pondicherry Museum
BORING ! BORING ! BORING ! But you can see the bed in which Gouverneur Dupleix once slept. Very exciting.
8. Pondicherry Botanical Garden
Damaged by a cyclone and neglected by its workers who went on strike for some months, this is not the green oasis marketed by the guide books, but rather the opposite.
9. Bangalore Palace
A rip-off at the price, and not many interesting rooms, a kitschy art gallery, but the exterior is worth a photo.
10. Ventakappa Art Gallery Bangalore
For the most part, boring, with some interesting, surreal paintings thrown in. Maybe an option to escape the heat if you have nothing else to do in Bangalore.

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  • Updated Mar 5, 2009
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