Indian’s love for chai is well known, and we are one of the largest tea growers in the world. For savouring one of the best cups of tea in the world, visiting Munnar should be on top of your travel wish list.
High in the foothills of the Western Ghats, at the Southern tip of the India, in the state of Kerala, and bordering Tamil Nadu, the hill station of Munnar is synonymous with tea plantations. The hills here are carpeted with symmetrical tea plantations making it a picture-perfect setting. For any city dweller, merely looking at these tea plantations cultivated so uniformly on the roadsides itself is a rejuvenating experience.
Tea lovers visiting Munnar can stay in a tea estate, click some beautiful snaps among the carpeting green tea plantations, tour the tea factories, taste tea and even learn about the tea plantation process.
A guided tour to the plantations savouring the refreshing aroma from the tea plants is a rejuvenating experience for the tea lovers visiting Munnar. There are dedicated tea walking tours specifically for the tea connoisseurs.
These 3 estates in Munnar is sure to delight the tea lover in you. There are many budget hotels in Munnar around these tea estates to enjoy a perfect holiday. You can even book a stay at a plantation.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Kolukkumalai tea estate, the world’s highest tea estate is at a distance of 35 Km from Munnar is a romantic cum adventurous spot. It houses a tea factory that is located at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. The view from the top is mesmerizing. The Harrison Malayalam Tea Factory here is more than 100 years old. You can see the massive tea gardens, streams, and waterfalls on the route to the estate. You can also view a few places on Tamil Nadu side from the hilltop. It is located at a rough terrain, and only a jeep safari will take you to the highest point, which will be enjoyable for adventure lovers.
Guderale estate is located to the east of Munnar at about 5000 ft. This is the second largest estate that belongs to Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Company. The estate is surrounded by lush greenery and breath-taking views. This is also a perfect spot for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. You can also enjoy guided tours to other plantations of Kannan Devan Plantations, like the Nullatani Estate, Gundumally Estate, Mattupatty Estate and Nyamakad Estate.
Nallathani Tea Estate
Nallathani Tea Estate is 2 km away from Munnar town. The famous Tata Tea Museum is housed in this estate. This tea museum houses photographs and machinery; all of which have a story to tell about the origins of the tea estates and tea production in Munnar. It is a tribute to the pioneers in tea plantations, the legacy of those who worked hard for the survival of tea plantations this long.
Enjoy Trek and a Cup
The adventurous tea lovers can amp up their trip, with a three-day trek from Kolukkumalai up to Meesapulimala. En route, you can enjoy a halt at Silent Valley or Rhodo Valley at the tents set by KFDC (Kerala Forest Development Corporation). The trek can also be planned from Munnar to Kolukkumalai, which will be guided only till Meesapulimala.
Some of these estates allow curious tourists to stay at the location and relish a satisfying experience. A trip to Munnar would be incomplete without having visited the popular tea plantations. Book hotels in Munnar online with yatra.com to grab best deals.