5 Best Tea Plantations in Kerala That You Must Visit in 2024!
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Tea Plantation in Kerala

1.Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation, Idukki
2. Kannan Devan Hills Plantation, Munnar
3. Elstone Tea Estate, Wayanad
4.Chinnakanal Tea Fields 
5.Bonakkad, Thiruvananthapuram 

Most people start their day with a refreshing cup of tea and some of these tea varieties come from the historical Kerala tea plantations which date back to the British Era. The beautiful slopes of Western Ghats is a prime area for tea plantation and the British had taken advantage of this along with the weather and rich soil to start planting tea here. Today as you visit some of the hill stations of Kerala such as Munnar and Wayanad, a breathtaking view of lush green tea plantations on rolling hills will surely captivate you. 

Munnar has several of the  Kerala tea estates which include the Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation, famed to be the highest tea plantation in the world, and the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation, which houses the country’s first tea museum. Near to Munnar is the Chinnakanal Tea Fields which will enthral you with its tranquil ambience and untouched beauty. If you are visiting Wayanad, you must include a visit to Elstone Tea Estate in your Wayanad itinerary to take a look at the captivating lush green carpet of tea plants on the sloping hills.

Other noteworthy tea plantations include the one located in the Bonakkad village, located at the altitude of 1100 meters above sea level. No matter which tea plantation you visit, you should definitely take the opportunity to savour the taste of a variety of teas and also purchase some to take home along with you.

Here is the list of best Tea Plantation in Kerala:

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Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation, Idukki

The sprawling tea plantation of Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation located in Idukki will mesmerise you with its old-world charm. To add to the assembly is an old tea factory, a two-story building built in 1930 which you can explore. Inhale in the aroma of a mixture of flavours of the varieties of tea of the plantation, while you explore the plantation and take a look at the traditional methods of tea processing.

Have a refreshing cuppa at the tea tasting centre and feel great-tasting flavourful tea at the highest tea plantation in the world. Try out their specialities such as Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP) or Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP). If you love the flavours and want to take some home, there are options to buy fresh packets from the outlet attached to the plantation.

Get an excellent view of the distant land while standing in the plantation located at 7,900 feet above sea level.

Highlights: Highest Tea Plantation in the world, Captivating view of the surroundings, varieties of tea such as Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP), Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) etc.

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Kannan Devan Hills Plantation, Munnar

A visit to the delightful hill station Munnar remains incomplete without visiting the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation, one of the Kerala tea plantations located at Munnar. The captivating tea plantation is well known for its manicured tea garden where you will be able to witness astounding biodiversity.

You can also visit the country’s first tea museum which is housed inside the plantation. The history of this plantation dates back from 136 years to the British Raj era. While visiting the plantation, taste the special, black or green variety of tea. You can also opt to buy packaged tea available at the plantation.

Highlights: Manicured tea garden with biodiversity, Country’s first tea museum.

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Elstone Tea Estate, Wayanad

Elstone Tea Estate, Wayanad, one of the Kerala tea estates, is known for being a paradise for both tea and nature lovers. You will feel captivated as you take a look at the lush green dense carpet of tea plants on the sloping hills of the Wayanad in the Western Ghats.

The area is also well known for its diverse flora and fauna.

Carpet of tea plants on sloping hills

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Chinnakanal Tea Fields

If you want to get away from the hustle-bustle which is characteristic of every tourist spot, head towards Chinnakanal Tea Fields, one of the Kerala tea plantations which are located close to Munnar but away from the areas frequented by tourists.

Feel a sense of calmness surround you as you take a jeep ride and make your way through the tea meadows of Chinnakanal.  Try to catch the sunrise of this plantation which is breathtaking. The plantation also has a spectacular waterfall in its centre which will mesmerise you with its magical effect. The place is ideal as a family getaway.

Highlights: Jeep Tour, Isolated, Sunrise, Ideal for Family Outing

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Bonakkad, Thiruvananthapuram

One of the villages well known for the  Kerala tea estates is Bonakkad, located in Thiruvananthapuram. The tea estates of the village date back to the British period when they used to use horses to reach the estates located at a height of 1100 meters above sea level.

You will still be able to see the horse tracks on your way to this plantation.To reach Bonakkad, you have to go through Ponmudi, a spectacular hill station, known to be famous for hiking and trekking options. On reaching the estate, you will be able to enjoy a variety of refreshing tea at the plantation and can also visit the Bona and Vazhvanthol Waterfalls nearby.

Highlights: Scenic Beauty, Bona and Vazhvanthol Waterfalls, Hiking & Trekking Options.

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  1. What are the best activities to do in Kerala?

    1. Taste Tea Flavors in Munnar: Munnar is amongst the top tea plantation destinations of India and needless to say, your visit to this captivating place will remain incomplete if you do not try out the various types of flavors of tea at one of the Kerala tea estates. If you visit the Kannan Devan Plantation Museum, along with tasting tea, you can also take a look at the tea processing.

    2. Stay in a houseboat in Alleppey: Get a unique experience of staying in a houseboat in the famous backwaters of Kerala at Alleppey. Cruise through the tranquil water and enjoy the lush greenery around. Enjoy the delicious Kerala cuisine during your stay.

    3. Take a Spice Tour at Thekkady: Smell the aroma of various spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom and vanilla while on a nature walk in the spice farm in Thekkady. Opt to purchase a few from the farm to take home with you.

    4. Go for a Jeep Ride at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: Wildlife lovers will be thrilled to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the best way to enjoy the forest is to go on a jeep ride. Get the view of the vegetable farms, Idukki town, Mullaperiyar Dam, and vineyards as you pass them. You may also be able to spot the lion-tailed macaque if you are lucky. Enhance your enjoyment by opting to stay at the overnight camp.

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  2. Which are the best places to visit in Kerala?

    1. Alleppey: Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is an enchanting destination which is known for its natural beauty and calm backwaters. Also known as the “Backwater Capital of India” as well as the” Venice of the East”, the mesmerizing town is ideal if you want to relax and spend some time cruising the backwaters, exploring the place and want to rejuvenate with ayurvedic therapy.

    2. Wayanad: Another top place to visit while in Kerala is Wayanad, located in the Western Ghats. This stunning hill station will give you a feeling of being in the midst of untouched nature as you explore it. You can also get a feel of stepping back in time while visiting this place which was inhabited even 3000 years ago.

    3. Cochin: While visiting Cochin, you will find a unique blend of cultural values and traditions with a modern outlook. Known to be one of the most developed metropolises in India, the city, which is known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, will enthrall you with glimpses of British history, Dutch establishments, Chinese nets and not to mention the aromatic spice markets.

    4. Munnar: The astounding hill station of Munnar is yet another town in Kerala that will enchant you. Feel lost in paradise as you gaze admiringly at the picturesque mountains, lush tea plantations, and rolling hills and feel a sense of peace in the serene atmosphere.

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  3. Which is the famous tea garden in Kerala?

    The most famous tea garden in Kerala is Kolukkumalai in Munnar which is located at a height of 7900 ft and is known to be the highest tea garden in the country. You will be able to visit the estate by jeep and your jeep ride will include a tour of its old factory and a drive through the tea fields.

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  4. Which is the highest tea plantation?

    One of the Kerala tea plantations, Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation at Idukki, is located at a height of 7900 feet above sea level and is the highest tea plantation in the world. Visiting this plantation, you can enjoy a captivating view of the surrounding areas.

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  5. What is the best time to visit tea plantations in Kerala?

    The best time to visit the tea plantations in Kerala is during the months of September to March. This is the time of the year when the weather is pleasant and there is no rainfall.
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11 July 2019
It Was an Awesome Trip To Munnar , Pros: Traveling On Month Of July (monsoon Season) Make The Place More Special . The Place Where The Camping Held Has Given Stunning Panoramic View Of The Western Ghats and the Valley of Theni. On Way To Campsite You Can Also have A Chance To Encounter With Wild Animals Which is also an Thrilling Experince. The Dinner and Breakfast Which Provided By the Tour Company Was Quiet Decent. Memorable Moments And FunFilled Trip Is Guarantee . Cons : Food are Really Expensive on Outside Of The Campiste Residency If You Are Planning A Other Activities Than Camping Beware Of The Activities You Pick bcoz In Some Places( Example :Elephant Safari,Etc..) They Charge You More Than It Deserve Since I Had Private Tour I Did Not Have Problem With Restroom Facilities (because Campsite Was Near The Building Of The Tour Company ) I havn't Seen Any Restroom On The Places Of Group Tour Camp So Please Enquire Before The Begging Of Your Camping. --- At Last One Line Decrption --- " Nature Always Wears The Colors Of The Spirits " Live In The Moments In Munnar Have A Good Life :)
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Paragliding was a an absolute delightful experience for me. it was my first time and intially it was a little scary but when you start your flight its amazing. also the pilot was really friendly and explaining me everything from important points about the place and his experience of flying. best parts was when he was doing stunts like flying 360 degree. it was a very memorable experience.
04 November 2020
Arun is really a gem of a person. He is very informative, really kind and soft spoken. He shared knowledge about tea plantation and Munnar history too. Arun is also a good photographer and he captures amazing shots. The view is lovely as fog passes by. Also the trek is amazing given the distance and route. Arun also managed to provide a light snack and lunch on our way and we spent a fantastic time. The seven hills Lakshmi trek is really beautiful way to look at beauty of Munnar. Highly recommended.
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My money spent on this trip was totally worth it and i strongly recommend this as a holiday point for you.Especially i liked that ride on the houseboat, which is a typical and very famous tourist attraction in Kerala and you gonna love that too.
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Very good experience. Camera battery was weak and he hence our on air video was not fully captured.
28 January 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.The Jeep Safari was a very thrilling experience.The tent stay was perfect and the food was good.I would definitely recommend it for a group of friends ,looking for a weekend getaway.Kindly contact the host before reaching the campsite since network will not be available there.
21 January 2021
Stunning view, great place, great staff, helpful BUT Cottages need some repair/maintenance Linens are old and worn out and FOOD isn't good at all. I would still rate a 4 star for its view, location, and friendly staff. TO the management, please work on the food at the least and also some maintenance of the room, linen, rest assured you have a great location to always cash on tourists across all seasons.
We went to Wayanad for a family trip and booked this farmhouse from Thrillophilia at the best price as compared to other sites. The location of stay was nice, the scenic views from the room were amazing, The rooms were spacious, comfortable. The food served at the stay was so yummy, totally loved the food, they even arranged bonfire in the evening, it was a great experience.
Recently I went to Wayanad with my friends and we booked this beautiful stay, the location of stay was amazing amidst the lush coffee estate. The rooms were comfortable & cozy, the food served at the stay was amazing, the staff was kind & helpful, proper precautions were taken for covid, We enjoyed the guided plantation walk & cycling tour.

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