Will Travel For Chai: India’s Tea Trail

Will Travel For Chai: India’s Tea Trail
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Take a tour of these tea estates and taste some of the best brews in the country

Melvin P Jacob
January 03 , 2019
03 Min Read

Won’t start your day without a hot sip of tea?  We Indians are obsessed with chai and many of us have even adopted it as an integral part of our lives. Satisfying the tea craze, a lot of travellers have even planned their tours in search of some exotic tea experience. Below is the list of places around India where you can have some of the best tea experiences.  Hike and sip, this is what we want you to do on your next vacation.

Kanan Devan Hills in Munnar, Kerala

Scenic view from tea estate in Munnar
Lying in the Western Ghats, Munnar is one of the prominent hill stations in the country. It is host to the largest employee owned tea company in the world known as the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company. The company owns about 24000 hectares of land along the high range of Idukki district in Kerala. The company offers facilities for the visitors to stay in one of their Tea Bungalows surrounded by a vast land of tea estate. The hills are also home to a huge variety of wildlife such as wild fowl, elephants, Indian Gaur and even leopard. Wake up to the chirp of wild birds and enjoy the flawless atmosphere of Munnar while having a sip of their tea.

Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling, West Bengal

Worker plucking tea leaves
Offering some iconic tea tours around their estate, the Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. There are two bungalows, lodge and campsite for the visitors to experience the age old Glenburn tea and their service. Two rivers run through the 750 hectare estate feeding the land with the nutrients of the Himalayan range.  After a lot of cross breeding, the Glenburn tea estate produces some rare tea strains which stays irreplaceable for the world. These hybrids are sure to cheer your spirits with a single sip.  

Gatoonga Tea Estate in Assam

Morning view of a tea estate
Owning the Gatoonga tea estate, the B & A limited produces around 5 lakh kilograms of tea every year. Nourished by the Brahmaputra, the estate produces one of the best soul rejuvenating teas of the country. The estate also has a century old heritage hotel midst of it, known as the Banyan Grove. The hotel organises leisure activities around the estate for the guests. You can go fishing or cycling across the estate while witnessing its breathtaking greenery. Go for a tea tour in the estate and taste some of their unique tea breeds.

Nilgiri Tea Plantation in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

A pathway through Nilgiri Tea estate
Known for its distinctive fragrance, the Nilgiri tea estate produces strong dark shaded leaves. Spread across the vast land in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala the Nilgiri Tea plantation can be easily visited at Coonoor in Tamil Nadu where the famous hill station of Ooty reigns over the valley. More than half of the tea produced in the Nilgiris serve the foreign countries and often find their way in the tea bags. Planning your visit to Ooty and walking across the tea estate to taste the blend of tea and local ingredients sounds perfect for all the tea lovers.

Darang Tea Estate in Himachal Pradesh

Panorama from a tea garden
The mystical lands of Himachal are calling everyone to savour its unrivalled experience of tea from the Darang Tea estate. Owned by an Indian family, the estate symbolises the true serenity of the Himalayas. There are lots of offbeat activities at the estate for the travellers. People can go trekking around the estate and wander in the adjacent forest witnessing some of the peculiar flora and fauna of the Himalayas or they can go fishing in the Beas river which flows near to the estate. The friendly service at the estate gives a great exposure in understanding the tea culture in India while tasting tea from one of the first plantations of the country.


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