The country’s favourite addiction and the aroma that exists in every Indian household, yes we are talking about tea or what we fondly call as ‘chai’, the nectar that gives you ‘inner sukoon’.
So, if you are a tea enthusiast who truly loves the smell of every tea leaf, then get up and explore the Indian tea plantations to know what’s different in each one of them.
Here are some to give you inspiration:
1. Kanan Devan Hills Plantations
Located in Munnar, Kerala, this hill station is home to the country’s first ever tea museum, this is one place which you must visit. The only place where one can find the best quality and specifically the most varieties of tea like rose tea, orthodox tea, leaf tea and green tea. If you like trying new varieties, come here!
2. Happy Valley Tea Estate
One of the oldest tea estates in Darjeeling, Sikkim, the tea grown here has a flowery flavour that will not come from any other tea plantation. Boil water, add milk and leaves from this tea estate, you will get a delicate muscatel.
3. Nilgiri Tea Plantation
From over a 100 years, tea is grown in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu all throughout the year. But what catches one’s eye is no matter what the season is, if it rains or not, you will always get the uniquely dark, strong and aromatic tea that it is famous for. Visit it to try the exotic teas!
4. Cooch Behar Tea Estate
Situated at the foothills of the Darjeeling Hills, the tea estate has a distinct taste and flavour due to the plantation technique. On visiting, you’ll be given a tour and one can try the traditional Darjeeling tea that contains oolong touch and gives a strong yet subtle taste.
5. Kelagur Tea Estate, Karnataka
Known for organic process of tea making, this tea estate has a traditional method to separate the leaves from the tenderest to the bushes. So when you use it, you will get a strong smell but a delicate taste on your tongue. Try and see it in the chocolate tea or cardamom tea.