In the UK, approximately 165 million cups of tea are made every day! Whats more, aside from water it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world!
Tea production is a huge industry, and Kerala is home to some of the largest tea plantations in the world, not to mention the most picturesque. With this in mind, it is not surprising that many of our tours feature a visit to one of Kerala’s stunning plantations at some stage.
Tea Plantations of Munnar
The largest and most visited plantations are located in Munnar. Munnar has the ideal location for a plantation, high in the hills of the Western Ghats. Here the climate tends to be cooler, perfect for tea growing. The lush green plantations sprawl for miles across the hilly landscape, offering breathtaking views.
Visitors are encouraged to partake in a tour of the plantations. This usually includes picking your own leaves, and then watching the process that converts them into a delicious cup of tea. Dedicated museums are also located in this area, as well as plenty of opportunities to taste the wonderful, fresh beverage.
Even if you’re not into tea, a visit to the plantations during your tour of Kerala is really worthwhile. You can take a scenic walk, view some unique wildlife and enjoy a completely different climate to that on the coast.
Special Treat for 2018…
The hills of Munnar are home to a rare and beautiful flower (Known as Neelakurinji) that blooms only once every 12 years! The year of the next bloom is set to be 2018, so holiday makers who visit the area between August to October this year are in for a very special treat as the undulating landscape becomes awash with a glorious blue.
What else is there to see in this area?
Whilst in Munnar, you can explore Eravikulam National Park, home to the beautiful Lakkam Waterfalls. Furthermore, you are very close to Thekkady, where you will find the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, well worth a visit.