|tea plantations in Munnar. TravelTriangle|
|Tea plantation, Munnar, Kerala. www.pinterest.com|
One may be surprised to note that tea consumption in India was first clearly mentioned in the Ramayana (750-500 BCE). For unknown reasons in the next thousand years, records of tea consumption in the Indian subcontinent are lost in history. We come across news about tea during the first century CE, with the arrival of the Buddhist monks Bodhidharma and Gan Lu. For thousands of years, the tribes of north and north eastern India consumed indigenous tea cultivated in the hills there.
|Munnar tea plantation, Kerala. Fine Art America|
|Kanan DFevan tea from Munnar, kerala Amazon.in|
|Neelakurinji flower in bloom, Munnar, Kerala. Alam|
|Munnar tea plantation, relaxation for jumbos.inspiredtraveller.in|
The other attractions are the Eravikulam National Park (an area of 97 sq. km) that has endangered animal - the
|indigenous nilgiri Tahr, Flickr|
Chinnakanal, near the town of Munnar, is famous for waterfalls called Power House Waterfalls, gently cascading down a rock cliff which is 2000 meter above sea level. Here one can have a breathtaking view of the ghat mountains.
Anayirangal is an interesting place about 22 km from Munnar that is well known for a dam. This place and the surrounding areas have several tea plantations that cover the rolling hills like green carpets.
|clouds hugging the mountains, Munnar. Tourplaces|
In those days, the outside world had no idea whatsoever about enchanting Munnar and its suitable weather conditions for the growth of tea plants. It was through the efforts of John Daniel Munro (June 1778 - 25 January 1858), English Resident for the Cochin State, the Europeans and others came to know about this region in the 1857. Munro himself was very much impressed when he visited this place on an assignment to settle the border dispute between Cochin state and the nearby Madras Residency.
|John Munro British Resident of Cochin. History of Cochin Royal Family|
|Munnar Tea EstateLuxoIndia|
|Munnar map. India Tours|
In 1924 the tea plantation business fell on tough time, came to a grinding halt and suffered heavy damages on account of severe monsoon activities on the hills that triggered dangerous, massive landslides, etc. The damage to the crop was severe and it took a while for the tea estate owners to come around until normal soil conditions were restored. Large-scale replanting was carried out more vigorously on many estates. Camellia Sansis tea plants are widely used here in other parts of south India.
|Nilgiri tea, sonasonicmegastore.com|
Finlay which resulted in the formation of the Tata-Finlay Group. Tata Tea Ltd. The Kannan Devan Hills Produce Company Pvt. Ltd. was formed in 2005 and Tata Tea transferred the ownership of its plantations to the new company.
The mist-clad, green carpeted Munnar hill station with congenial climate is nature's paradise where you tend to get in peace with yourself. A place to rejuvenate your mind an soul in a serene, pollution free environment.