• Munnar Kerala


Tea Plantations - Kerala

Escape to the cooler hills

India has produced tea with fascinating flavours for centuries. Sip on the endless list of refreshing teas as you explore the green country.

We all know the restorative powers of a nice cuppa and tea industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. The cooler climates of Munnar in Kerala mean the fertile valleys are refreshed by the regions lakes and mountain streams, resulting a numerous tea plantations sprouting across the landscape.

Everywhere you go in India, you'll see the locals enjoying a cup of tea; from strong, black pure brews to spice-infused chai. Tea production blossomed in India during the days of British rule, when large tracts of land were taken over for mass production. Nowadays, it's a huge part of Indian culture and a visit to Kerala wouldn't be complete without seeing at least one of their beloved plantations to see how tea is grown, produced and to learn more about the plantation's workers. 

Munnar is home to miles and miles of lush tea plantations; once owned by Tata, the biggest tea manufacturer in India, the land now belongs to its employees. We highly recommend paying a visit to the Tea Museum at Nallathanni Estate to learn more about the surprisingly fascinating history of tea production, before heading to Kundale Tea Plantation to see the entire tea making process for yourself. The best time of year to visit the plantation is from August to May. 

Other important plantations in Kerala include Pathanamthitta, Grampi, Ponumudi and those around the Anayirankal Dam, also home to many cardamom plantations.