Munnar, which is located 1600 meters above the sea level is believed to be the meeting point of three rivers. It is a huge patch of hues of green that gives an experience like no other – Thanks to thousands of acres of tea plantations!
Located just 132 kilometers away from Kerala’s port city of Cochin, Munnar is well-connected through road. The nearest airport to catch a flight to get to Munnar is the Cochin International Airport. The Coimbatore airport is the second closest one.
This place in God’s own country is considered to be the heaven of south India and must be in the list of every tea lover’s dream destinations!
Here is a list of must visit places in Munnar as a tea lover:
The Madupatty Tea factory of the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (P) Ltd. is located just 10 km away from the Munnar town, right before the Madupatty Dam. It gives tourists an opportunity to view the entire process of tea manufacture. It is a fully automated, modern tea-manufacturing plant equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology and manned by experienced personnel. Apart from a first-hand experience at a factory where quality tea is produced, the tourists also have the option of buying plantation fresh products from the compact outlet within factory premises. The Madupatty factory is situated at a scenic place that offers a panoramic view of the emerald green plantations and the lofty hill ranges that surround it, making the tea experience all the more beautiful.
Munnar is proud of a unique tea museum run by the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (P) Ltd. Located about 2 kilometres from Town, it is the first of its kind in the country. The museum showcases the history of tea cultivation in Munnar since its inception in 1876. The museum has rare artefacts and photographs from an era long forgotten. A visit to this place gives one an insight into the evolution of Munnar’s tea plantations. The museum has a miniature tea factory attached to it where visitors are familiarized with the various kinds of tea cultivation and processing as well as tea tasting. A 25-minute documentary educates the visitors about the evolution of plantations in Munnar. A visit to the tea museum is a must for all history buffs and tea lovers coming to Munnar.
The Chai Bazaar:
Chai Bazaar – a retail outlet that sells plantation fresh products from KDHP Co (P) Ltd is something that must definitely not be missed if you are taking a walk in Munnar town. This outlet is situated below the corporate office of the KDHP Company, which is in itself an iconic landmark in this tiny tea town. The beautifully landscaped garden attached to the building is a treat to the eye for tourists who pass the building. Chai Bazaar offers plantation fresh products ranging from a variety of Black Teas, Green Teas, Speciality teas, White Tea, Flavoured tea, Ice Tea and coffee. The outlet also sells premium handmade chocolates in various flavours that are a treat to your taste buds. High-quality medicinal and aromatic oils can also be found here. While shopping in Chai bazaar, tourists can even buy Pastries or munch on a snack or two from the ‘Deli’ here, a bakery unit established by the Tata Group for the rehabilitation of differently abled individuals in the community.
In short, these are a few places that a tea lover can’t afford to miss in Munnar. And if you have a hectic life and can’t travel to Munnar anytime soon, we still have you covered! www.shop.kdhptea.com offers plantation fresh products online to ensure your tea tastes the best irrespective of where you are!