We all cannot do without a good cup of tea first thing in the morning. All Indians love their tea and India is the largest grower of tea in the world. The funny part is that we consume 70% of the tea produced in India itself.
The Britishers introduced tea to India. They converted large tracts of hillsides into tea plantations. Tea estates today allow tourist to stay on the plantations and experience the whole process first hand. Tea plantations are a favorite with movie makers because of their natural beauty and beautiful backdrops. Let’s read more about locations of tea plantations in India –
Besides being one of the most popular hill stations in India, Darjeeling tea is known world over for its fine taste and balance of flavors. The tea from these plantations is light and has a distinct floral accent in it. 25% of the total tea production comes from Darjeeling.
When in Darjeeling you must pay a visit to the Happy Valley Tea Estate located in the north of the town. Established in 1854 by an Englishman,these gardens are the highest in the world at an elevation of 2750 meters. Visit from March to November in order to witness the plucking in action.
Assam can be easily called the largest tea producing area of India. The fertile soil of the Brahmaputra Valley produces tea that has a malty taste and is bright in color. Jorhat is the main region from where some of the best tea is procured.
When in Assam, stay at the Banyan Grove, near the Gatoonga Tea Estate. This tea estate is more than hundred years old and gives you an inside view of how tea states work.Mid of May to end of June are the best times to visit the tea estate.
Munnar is a very famous hill station in Kerala. The moment you will reach the lush greenery will bewilder you. Initially it was owned by the TATA group and now the employees have sole ownership of the estate.
When in Munnar do visit the Tea Museum at Nallathanni Estate to get insights on the glorious tea industry of India. The tea estate is open for visitors on all days, except on Mondays. August to May is the perfect time to visit the region.
2. Nilgiri Mountains
The Nilgiri Mountains are located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The tea from this region is dark with a distinctive flavor and has a strong aroma. Tea has been cultivated here for over a hundred years and is an important industry in the region.
Nilgiri tea and Conoor are each other’s representation. When in the region do stop by the Tranquilitea Tea Lounge and check out the exotic teas on offer.Reach there in style by booking your tickets in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway toy train. You can also hire a tea planter who can share his knowledge of the tea plantations with you. There are farms that are making cheese too on teas estate. The best time to visit is from late November to mid February.
The lush mountains of Wayanad are the perfect settings for tea and coffee plantations in India. Most of the tea comes from the Kalpetta region located in the south.
When in the region, stay at the Wayanad Tea County. This guest house is unique for being run by a cooperative of the tribals. The views from this tea estate are breathtaking. The best time to visit the area is from September to April.