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“Too crowded, too little, too much talk”

Kannan Devan Tea Museum
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Private Day Trip to Munnar from Kochi (Cochin)
Ranked #7 of 66 things to do in Munnar
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Too crowded, too little, too much talk”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

We went on a Sunday afternoon and the place was jam-packed. It was difficult to get the ticket (a steep Rs 75 per visitor, not enough value for that price.) Once we got the ticket we were herded like cattle into a room and up a flight of steps for a 'lecture' by Mr. Sunil. More than a lecture it was a harangue as he went on and on about the benefits of green tea and how Indians did not know anything about making tea, how they were spoiling their health by adding milk and sugar. Ok we got the point but he went on and on in the same line for over 15 minutes.

Lecture over, we then passed through the large room on the ground floor where a noisy machine was switched on to show the different steps in the making of tea.

The tour ended at the sales counter and then a complimentary cup of tea - mixed with sugar and milk! Hey, what happened to the benefits of green tea?

Overall, we found the whole thing a massive let down. Having traveled to Sri Lanka and enjoyed the tea factory tour there near Nuwara Eliya, this was no comparison. Suggest Mr. Sunil should pay a visit there and pick up a few tips, not only on presentations but also on how to manage crowds.

Just as an aside, the toilets were clean since there was a fee for entry!

This can be safely avoided.

Visited November 2013
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“Too crowded”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Hordes of tourists here so you will find lines everywhere - the parking, the tickets, the free tea sampling, the demo, the 30 min presentation, the mini tea garden for photos - its all so crowded.

The demo as is pointed by other reviewers is more about the benefits of green tea than about tea making or its process - which is very strange. The stages of tea making are well documented & equipments for every stage are displayed & keep running. But they all seems a little worn out and tea leaves from one machine don't really feed into the next one well.

This one is the only tea museum / tea factory accessible to tourists in Munnar, so we have no other option but to visit it.
And the entry fee is much more than other attractions.

Visited November 2013
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Hyderabad
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“Nice place to know about tea making”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Explanation was good from the host regarding the advantages and disadvantages of having tea. They have shown on how the tea powder was made and the machinery they use . Overall it was good to visit there and purchase the tea which was very cheap comparitively to other cities.

Visited October 2013
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Talegaon Dabhade, Maharashtra, India
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“Is it really so great?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Granted tea is a vital cog of Munnar's economy but this museum would appeal more to first timers.The ticket pricing is exorbitant and value for money elusive.The upstairs guide criticizing the mannerism of the main market tea joint -not cricket.The only thing I liked was the fruit beer.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

One can cover the tea museum, the tea factory inside, the history video and the presentation in couple of hours and is worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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