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Tea Plantaion in India

Chai – The staple beverage of India. Land anywhere and you’ll find a steaming cup of tea, the aroma of the tea leaves simmering through. The roadside vendors to the high tea boutiques, all of them are found loaded with people in line for a rejuvenating tea session. India happens to be a lead in production of tea alongwith China. Tea in India is not just a drink, it is a means of survival. It is life. It is everything. The splendid tea estates of India are quite a garner for tourism.

The North-east and the southern part are one of the biggest sources of tea in India. Let’s take a look at some of the best tea plantations in India.

  1. Assam

tea garden assam

British were the first ones to truly understand the scope of the tea industry in India. Amidst the majestic hills and playful breeze lie the wonderfully laid out tea gardens in Assam. There are number of places to visit in Assam such as the Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kamakhya temple in Guwahati and ofcourse the tea gardens.

Where to go?

Dibrugarh and Jorhat, both the cities of this state are known for their tea estates. You may try any of the following:

  • Banyan Grove, Jorhat
  • Thengal Manor, Jorhat
  • Burra Sahib Bungalow, Jorhat
  • Mancotta Tea Estate, Dibrugarh

The best time to visit any of these is during May and June. You may also visit Jorhat in Novemeber when the tea festival takes place.


Darjeeling tea places

Next to Assam comes the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling. A part of the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling is an apt place for nature lovers and honeymoon couples. The serene surroundings and pleasant climate are sure to take you to a different world.

Where to go?

Darjeeling produces close to one-fourth of the total tea production in India. Following are the tea estates to pay a visit to:

  • Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Glenburn Tea Estate
  • Selim Hill Tea Estate
  • Makai Bari Tea Estate

Try not to make a trip during the monsoons. The best time to visit these estates is between March and November. Apart from this, there are a number of places to visit in Darjeeling such as Ghoom Monastery, Mahakal Temple, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, etc.



Apart from the hills in the north, it’s the spectacular south that attracts the tea lover. Savour a cup of tea with your beloved in the Niligiris situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. Take a walk with your partner in the lush green tea cultivations and don’t forget to get talking to the tea planters, they have a host of stories to tell.

Where to go?

Few tea estates to try out in Coonoor include:

  • United Nilgiri Tea Estates
  • Highfield Tea Factory

The winter season is the best time to visit this wonderland of tea cultivation.



Yet another hill station that is known for its scintillating tea gardens is Munnar. The biggies of the tea industry, Tata Tea find their footprints here. A visit to the nation’s Tea Museum will get you close to the town’s association with this magical drink.

Where to go?

The place owns more than 50 tea estates, the key ones being the following:

  • Harrisson Malayalam
  • AVT Tea
  • Brooke Bond
  • Sevenmallay Tea Estate

KTDC Tea County is a wonderful option to stay in the surroundings of tea gardens. For more info on accommodation, check resorts in Munnar.

Now what are you waiting for? This weekend, let’s go off to the tea gardens because where there’s tea, there’s hope!


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