Tea – an inherent part of our life. The most popular beverage in major parts of the world. I feel proud to mention about India my country as one of the largest tea producers in the world. Almost 70% of the tea produced in India are consumed within the country and the rest are exported. I have tasted many varieties of tea in India during my travels to various hill stations with tea plantations. Today I felt worth discussing about the prominent and beautiful tea plantations in India; those which I have been fortunate enough to witness. The best part is interacting with the locals to understand the different varieties of tea, the variations in the flavour and taste. Without further delay, let me introduce you to some of the wonderful tea plantations in India.
Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling
Darjeeling has been my preferred destination since the first time I visited the place during my childhood with my parents. The tea plantations spread across like a green part on the mountain slopes had caught my attention then. Multiple travels to this wondrous hill station have increased my love more and more. Never to miss visiting the Glenburn Tea Estate, hosting one of the popular tea plantations in India. Spread across a massive area of 1600 acres of land, it houses a huge bungalow with luxurious suites to stay and soak into the enigmatic beauty of the tea gardens. The magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga coupled with the scintillating lush green tea plants is truly magical.
Nilgiri Tea Plantations in Tamil Nadu
One of the record-breaking tea plantations in India, producing the beverage for more than 100 years. There are various tea estates spread across the Nilgiri Hills, growing the plants all throughout the year. You must not miss driving along the mountain trails and halting at the tea estates for a walk around and witnessing the gorgeous landscape. Interacting with the plantation personnel will provide you with many insights into the growing and production processes as well as the types of tea grown in the hills. Almost 50% of the tea produced here are exported. The tea estates of Conoor, Valparai and Singara are quite famous in this area.
Jorhat Tea Bungalows in Assam
Jorhat is popularly known as the “Tea Capital of the World”, predominantly due to its wide tea gardens and estates. The tea quality and flavour are excellent and widely praised by tea lovers from India and abroad. Jorhat tea bungalows present a colonial architectural view situated amid the green tea plantations. You can stay at the cottages and enjoy the beauty of the view outside. The state of Assam produces the maximum quantity of tea in India. There are several tea estates in the region, Manohari, Sonapur, Mancotta, Halmari and many more. You must plan to visit at least a few of them to experience the beauty of the terraced plantations along the mountain slopes, witness tea plucking in the gardens and even check out the production procedures.
Kelagur Tea Estate in Karnataka
Covering a massive area of about 1500 acres of land, Kelagur tea estate is one of the largest tea plantations in India. The tea is produced through the organic method of agriculture. The estate was established almost 70 years ago and still follows the traditional method of tea production. You can visit the estate and watch the entire process of tea making in its factory. It is an awesome experience to walk around the pristine tea estate, swaying along with the tea gardens, spreading a greenish hue throughout. The place is quite famous among the tourists and you can observe good footfall in the peak tourist seasons.
Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim
Sikkim is a traveller’s paradise with its gorgeous mountain ranges and tranquil peaceful lakes. A major attraction is the tea gardens and Temi tea garden is among them being one of the fabulous tea plantations in India. Though it does not occupy a huge area like other gardens, 440 acres of land is covered with the tea plants. Yet the tea quality is one of the best and unparalleled coupled with its gigantic mountain views. Sitting at the tea and sipping one of their best quality tea in front of the breathtaking landscape is an experience one must not miss.
Dharamshala Tea Estate in Himachal Pradesh
Speaking about hill stations and missing out Himachal Pradesh from the list is what a travel freak like me must never do. The place is filled with renowned and incredible tea estates; host of one of the numerous tea plantations in India. Kangra, Mann, Hoodle, Towa, Palampur, Darang are some of the key ones you can visit; if you are an avid tea lover. The estates are located at the backdrop of the grand Himalayan ranges; adorning the terraced mountain slopes with their lush green beauty.
Well there are many more tea plantations in India, I hope to write on them more but it will lead to pages. So I had to take a pause and mention the distinct ones for my dear readers. Please read and share your feedback and your experience of visiting tea plantations anywhere in the world. Would love to hear from you all.
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