While one of the most beautiful states in India, Kerala is what perfect vacations are made of, with the breathtaking views, soothing greenery, amazingly-peaceful backwaters and the yummy cuisine! But what it’s known for the most are the unending, cool-green tea plantations, and the large variety of teas that they produce. So check out the top three tea plantations
Situated in Kerala’s Idukki district, Munnar is a beautiful hill station, that has gotten its name from the convergence of three rivers flowing close to the town- Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is known to be the place for one of the oldest tea plantations in the state of Kerala, and it owes its legacy to John Daniel Munro– a British resident of Travancore Kingdom in the 1870s. While they initially tried numerous different crops, in 1880, A.H. Sharp finally planted tea in around 50 acres of land and the rest is history. Pallivasal Tea Estate, Anayirankal Tea Estate, Lockhart Estate, Kolukumalai Tea Estate etc are some of the major estates here, and a definite must-visit when in Munnar. Here, you can also visit the first ever tea museum and learn more about the history of the region.
After Munnar, Wayanad is the second most important tea plantation area in Kerala. Just like Munnar there are a many tea estates located here. This popular hill station in the South of India offers a verity of scenic destinations and is thronged by nature lovers. It has very rightfully earned itself the name ‘Green Heaven of Malabar’. Wayanad is set on the Western Ghats and is also characterized by its high mountain peaks such as Vellarimala which is at 2338m, Chembra at 2100m, Banasura at 2073m and Brahmagiri 1608m. Elstone Tea Estate,Achoor estate, Jessie tea estate, Chundale estate, Sentinel Rock Estate, etc are the major tea estates here.
Vagamon is another beautiful hill station bordering Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala. Situated at a height of 3100ft mean sea level, it is an old village, initially discovered by the British, when parts of the thick lush rainforests were deforested to make way for the tea plantations. Since all these three tea plantations are located in hilly areas, they remain cool throughout the year and attract a lot of tourists. The best time to visit tea plantations is post the monsoon season. All these places have amazing guest houses, resorts and home stay options that offer a majestic view of the tea estates, so that the tourists can enjoy their holiday thoroughly in the lap of nature. Many places also conduct guided tours of these tea estates.
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