India is considered as the largest tea grower in the world and most of the yields are consumed by the Indians themselves. If you are a traveler as well as tea-lover, you should not miss some excellent tea growing regions of the country.
Assam: Situated in the northeast region of India, Assam can be selected as the largest tea growing region in the country. The tea leaves, which are mostly grown in the Brahmaputra valley, are generally bright green in color. If you want to feel real essence of the tea growing region, you must stay near to the tea estate. Many well known resorts are available for tourists for a wonderful stay near tea estates. You can visit Assam between mid-May to end of June for getting the real flavors of tea. You can attend tea festival in the month of November which takes place in Jorhat every year.
Darjeeling: Around twenty five percent of India’s total tea production is actually produced from this region. The well known Happy Valley Tea Estate is situated 3 km north of main town and produces finest tea in Darjeeling. The best season for tea plucking in Darjeeling remains between March and November. You should avoid months from June to September.
Nilgiri Mountains: Tea leaves of Nilgiri are well known for their beautiful aroma. The leaves are generally dark green in color and can be well observed at the tea nest of the Singara tea estate. You can enjoy a famous toy train ride in the Nilgiri Mountains to reach the tea estate. Though you will find tea throughout the year in Nilgiris, best time to visit the estate is during winter months from late November till mid February.
Munnar: Munnar is a very popular hill station in Kerala. The lush green tea plantation will surely attract you. Tea lovers will definitely enjoy the Tea museum in Nallathanni Estate which is considered as the first tea museum in the whole country. This well known estate will remind you of the popular history of tea production in Munnar. Travelers can also pay a visit in tea plantation of Kundale where they can observe entire tea making process. As the winters are very cold in the Munnar region in December and January, best time to visit is from August to May.
Wayanad: Situated in Kerala, Wayanad is a popular tea growing region with lush mountainous sectors. Besides tea, the region is also popular for spices and coffee. The tea plantation is mostly located in the south of Kalpetta. The “Parisons Plantation Experiences” is a place where you can either pay a one day visit or can stay a few days for enjoying the experience of tea plantation. This exclusive property has two luxurious bungalows situated in the midst of a two hundred years old tea estate. The bungalows have been renovated with 10 luxurious bedrooms and swimming pools in front. You can also spend a whole day at the Planters Club, take a trekking tour through various tea trails or can visit all famous tea factories of Wayanad. The best time to visit this particular region is from April to September. Monsoon rains should be avoided in this region if you want to enjoy your holidays.
Since the British rule in India, tea plantation has become popular in this country. During those days, large portions of lands were used for tea plantations. If you take a tour in tea factories or stay in the midst of a tea estate, you can really feel the flavor of tea and can enjoy the essence of its history. So, just start packing your bags to reach some real aromatic destinations. Along with tea growing places there are also many good places in India where you should visit at least once in lifetime to know the beauty of nature in India.