- Darjeeling is India’s most well-known hill station and has numerous tea plantations producing high quality, lightly- coloured, and floral scented tea. An estimated 25% of India’s overall tea production originates here.
- Places to See : Happy Valley Tea Estate is situated some 3 kilometers in
the northern part of town. This estate cultivates some of the highest quality tea in
Darjeeling and an interesting history. It was first founded by a Welshman in
1854 and then an Indian aristocrat from Calcutta. It is 2,750 meters above the sea and is one of the most elevated tea gardens in the world. Its operating hours are from Tuesday till Saturday at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Best Time to Go: March until November is the best time for tea picking but it is
best to stay away during monsoon season starting June to September.
- Assam can be found in the remote north east part of India and is its biggest tea producing region . The most grown tea in the Brahmaputra Valley is a malty Assamese tea that bright in color. Jorhat, located in Assam’s central area, is often called “ the World’s Tea Capital”.
- Places to See: Burra Sahib’s Bungalow located in Sangsua Tea Estate accommodates guests and is just near Jorhat. Its colonial inspired architecture is excellent and was built somewhere between 1900 and 1905. You can experience tea estate living and see the factory where they make tea.
- Best time to Go: Middle of May until end of June is the most ideal time to visit for the finest tea. Tea production continues until beginning of December but the quality of the tea declines steadily. There is a tea festival in Jorhat in
- Munnar is a famous southern India hill station where you will be met be vast plantations. It was formerly owned by the biggest tea manufacturer in India but has since been sold to its employees.
- Places to See: Visit India’s Tea Museum in Nallathanni Estate and have an incredible tour of Munmar’s history of tea production. Open except Mondays, beginning 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Go to Kundale Tea Plantation which is surrounded by a lake and see first-hand the complete process of tea making. The Tea Sanctuary, a series of old colonial style bungalows that have been refurbished, offers accommodations.
- Best time to Go: The tourists arrive from August until May. Winters here are very cold especially months of December until January.
4. Nilgiri Mountains
- The Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, in southern India, is known for its distinct, darkly colored and very aromatic tea. Tea has been cultivated here since the last century and is the region’s most vital industry.
- Places to See: Conoor is a great place to experience Nilgiri tea. You can begin with the Highfield Tea Factory which is situated about a kilometer away from Sim’s Park. After that, you may want to stop by the Tranquilitea Tea Lounge where they have some unusual kinds of tea. Luxurious cottages are available in Conoor located in the huge Glendale Estate plantation.
- Best Time to Go: In Nilgiri, tea production happens the whole year although the finest teas are produced in the cooler winter months (from late November to middle of February). You can take the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
Wayanad Tea County
- Wayanad is a bountiful mountain area in Kerala which produces a large amount of tea. It also cultivates coffee and spices. Majority of its tea plantations are in the southern part of Kalpetta. The road leading to Chembra Peak will pass by a private estate which is wonderful to see.
- Places to See: You can stay at Wayanad Tea County which is a unique guesthouse frequented by tourists and is located in the Priyadarsini Tea Estate in Mananthavady. It is operated by tribal folk who reside and are employed on the estate. All of the profits are for their benefit. You may go trekking and see a tribal tree house which had been built at the plantation’s highest point. This is quite enthralling.
- Best Time to Go: From September until April is a good time to go. Plan to avoid the monsoon season.