|Kolukkumalai, near Munnar, Kerala - Highest tea estate in the world. www.Iritripadvisor.com|
|Worlds highest tea estate,S.India,display board. chennaitrekkers.blogspot.com|
|Nature's cradle-hills near Tamil Nadu-Kerala borders. view from summit,S.India. blog.sterlingholiday.com|
|oldest tea factory and highest tea plantation in the world, Kolukkumalai,near munnar,S,India. www.tripadvisor.in|
The journey on the mountain road will give you a mesmerizing experience - mists playing hide and seek, gently rolling green carpeted mountain slopes on either sides covering vast tea plantations randomly sliced by foot paths for movement of plucked tea leaves and thick rain clouds in patches hugging the upper crests of the slopes and the pleasant aroma from the tall thick tress on either sides, besides the breath-taking view of the nearby and distant hills partly obscured by mists and the ravines - you will be captivated by all these nature's magic before reaching the top.
The summit, about 8,000 feet above MSL, is not only best known for its picturesque scenery but also for the highest tea plantations in the world, not even plantations in Assam, W.Bengal and Himachal Pradesh and these plantations produce high quality tea. An old tea factory has been functioning since 1930 in a vintage factory building built by the British company during the colonial period. It is quite amazing that it still retains the old charm and the colonial legacy. At distance, you will be overwhelmed by the nice aroma emanating from the fresh tea which is being prepared using traditional, time-tested methods - crush-tear-crawl. The technique adopted here is a seven step process consisting of withering, rolling, sieving, fermenting, drying, fiber extraction and finally grading.The highest of the hill plus the soil give special flavor to the tea grown here and Broken Orange Pekoe and (BOP)Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP) are among the world famous varieties
|Kolukkumalai,near Munnar, Kerala- Highest tea estate in the world.Irishuliday.com|
People working on the plantation are given special quarters for their stay here and they live a simple life in tune with the Nature - far away from the maddening crowd and polluted cities.
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