With numerous tea plantations present in the eastern, north-eastern and southern parts of the country, India is home to a variety of tea destinations.
In lush green fields of tea, up top a tea plantation, in charming old-school bungalows, one can find a serene and relaxing vacation while breathing in fresh air. Tea from various regions of India are world renowned and the country remains among the top consumers in the world specifically for black tea. Tea estates in the country are also increasingly becoming interesting destinations for a vacation from the bustling cities. As spaces to spend time learning about tea, sipping on tea picked from the garden right in front of you and green, surreal landscapes, here are some areas in the country to head to for a plantation stay.
Assam is known for its exquisite black tea that offers a rich, strong taste and a smooth flavour. Numerous plantations are located in this north-east Indian state of India, with the Jorhat region among them. Jorhat makes a suitable choice for those looking for an old world charm in British-colonial styled bungalows located inside tea plantations. This area is home to estates and homestays such as Burra Sahib’s Bungalow and Wild Mahseer, which make for a relaxing place to stay. With Assam tea being considered a worthy brew to wake oneself up, a stay at one of the bungalows in Jorhat can be an invigorating one.
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Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling, nicknamed the ‘queen of the hills’ is an extremely popular tourist destination for those in the eastern part of India. It is also the home to the famous Darjeeling tea, which is a sought after tea across the world, with its unique muscatel flavour. With numerous plantations in and around the foothills of Darjeeling, the destination in West Bengal makes for a soothing escape to the colder winds of the hills. Some of the iconic tea plantations such as Makaibari are located here, along with the Happy Valley Tea estate, which comes highly recommended as staying options.
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Nilgiri range, Tamil Nadu
Nilgiri tea from southern India, taking its name from the Nilgiri mountain range that covers the states of mainly Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The tea is known for its aromatic nature and rich flavour. The Nilgiri range is home to tea plantations that have earned the distinction of being among the highest points in the world to be growing tea. A wonderful, high altitude estate to head to for a stay at a surreal atmosphere is the numerous hotels close to the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Another region that comes highly recommended in the Nilgiris is close to hill station of Coonoor, where one can stay inside plantations such as O Land Plantation.
The view on the road through Coonoor, India pic.twitter.com/k7pvXZ31Te
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Nilgiri range, Karnataka
The vast Nilgiri range, which is also to be found in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, has a variety of homestay and tea plantation options to choose from. While the state of Tamil Nadu has a large number of the same, Karnataka also has a variety of plantations that are offering a wholesome tea-experience. The Megur Home stay in the Kelagur Mathias Coffee Tea Estate in Karnataka is a good option as the estate has been running for four generations of the Mathias family. Another spectacular place to visit is the Glenlorna Tea Estate bungalow in Coorg.
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