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“A terribly maintained place”

Pondicherry Botanical Gardens
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$101.00*
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Private Cultural Day Tour of Pondicherry and Auroville
Ranked #24 of 65 things to do in Pondicherry
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Owner description: Educational private garden in the center of Pondicherry.in a short place, you can discover many flowers of Tamil Nadu, with information on the botanical names of many sort that you will have the opportunity to meet in your journey in India.Jacques created this very restful place of exchanges and sharings of knowledge with besides the exhibitions of painting, photography and sculptures.
Chennai (Madras), India
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18 reviews
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“A terribly maintained place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

The trees were being chopped down with minimal maintenance. The place is centrally located, but we had to go around, looking for the right entrance to the place. A place in shatters, closed Aquarium, chopped down trees, makes the place a total disgrace to its name. Just not worth ur time and effort.

Visited July 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Ok one time visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

My son loved the toy train ride, other than that not much to see. The place is not very well maintained however still one time watch

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Excellent garden-poorly maintained”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Close to Pondicherry beach. Spacious gardens. Very poorly maintained and not properly illuminated. After dark, people are scared to go as it is filled with anti-social elements, boozing inside the gardens, smoking ad playing cards. Police should take notice and correct this, so that public can enjoy.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore
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“Depressing Park - Interesting 'Life of Pi' Experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Pondicherrry's Botanical Gardens have gone through a rough couple of years. Not particularyl well managed in the first place the storm of a couple of years ago wreaked havoc and did considerable damage. It is a bit of a depressing place especially with the thunderous sun... I am not sure what lures me to the place I must admit. Maybe there is something attractive about something that oozes nostalgia yet is clearly no longer worth the trouble... The promise of a Life of Pi experience does appear to attract some numbers of visitors to the park and somebody has even bothered to put up a sign indicating the zoo... But honestly there was never a zoo in Pondicherry and the book actually has little to do with the actual town beyond the obvious. The zoo which the signboard in the gardens refers to consits of nothing more than an abandoned chicken pen and goat house or whatever it was used for. Make the Botanical Gardens part of a general walk, wandering and meandering through the old town but don't come here with the expectation of a magnificent garden remeniscent of 'romantic' colonial days.

Visited April 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Poor”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Notwell maintained..i am basically from Kolkata and visited a no. Of other botanical gardens in India like, ooty, darjeeling nainital etc but this one was the poorest of all..

Visited July 2012
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