Kerala Tea

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Overview

India may boast some of the world’s best tea varieties but the country has yet to fully brew the potential of this special – interest goldmine. Tea tourism remains a sporadic experiment in India, with limited outreach to the special-interest market. Mild and light oolong, black and green teas are grown and harvested year-round in the Nilgiri hills of southern India, running from Ooty in Tamil Nadu to Munnar in Kerala.
India’s one tea museum run by Tata Tea is in Munnar, Kerala. The Museum traces the evolution of the tea industry from way back in the 1980’s and houses an interesting array of relics and artefacts to guide one through the Journey
India’s one tea museum run by Tata Tea is in Munnar, Kerala. The Museum traces the evolution of the tea industry from way back in the 1980’s and houses an interesting array of relics and artefacts to guide one through the Journey. The aromatic spice plantations in Kerala are a must see while on a Kerala Tour

Tea Tourism in India

India may boast some of the world’s best tea varieties but the country has yet to fully brew the potential of this special – interest goldmine. Tea tourism remains a sporadic experiment in India, with limited outreach to the special-interest market. You can enjoy the Kerala and Tamil Nadu tea Estate house popular for tea plantations.

Mild and light oolong, black and green teas are grown and harvested year-round in the Nilgiri hills of southern India, running from Ooty in Tamil Nadu to Munnar in Kerala.

Aside from these regions, the foot of the Himalayas also has smaller tea gardens that tour can be as a half-day tour in their general programmed.  The scenic charm of tea gardens and the intricacies leading to the perfect cuppa is an enchanting concoction for today’s traveler now wants more grassroots and local experience. Circuit based tea tourism covers every interest while mixing in slices of local life.

India’s one tea museum run by Tata Tea is in Munnar, Kerala. The Museum traces the evolution of the tea industry from way back in the 1980’s and houses an interesting array of relics and artefacts to guide one through the Journey.

A tea bush is from one to one-and-a-half meters in height. Tea leaves are mostly hand-plucked every 5 to 10 days. It takes 70 to 90 days for the plucked shoot (usually the top two leaves and a bud) to redevelop. An experienced person can pluck up to 30 kg of tea leaves a day. Four kilos of tea leaves are needed to make one kilo of black tea. One tea plant can produce 70 kg of black tea a year. An acre in a tea plantation in India yields from 450 kg to 680 kg.

Kerala Tea

Acres of tea plantations interspersed with shade fruit trees wrap the gentle Kerala hill slopes in a warm embrace and create soothing and striking vistas for you to visit on your Kerala eco-tourism vacations.

Rows of neatly clipped tea bushes carpet the Kerala hills on the Western Ghats in Kerala, south India and offer you ample opportunity to gaze at the naturally enthralling Kerala beauty at its beatific best while on your Kerala India eco-tourism vacations.

The Britishers introduced the tradition of tea plantations in India. Tea bushes have the potential to grow to tree heights though they are kept neatly trimmed to waist height to make it feasible for the plantation workers to pluck tealeaves without much difficulty. Gaze at the lovely Kerala tea plantations while on your eco-tourism vacations and mark the fact that each tea bush is planted at a distance of 1 to 1.5 meter from each other along the contours of the landscape.

Stay at the resorts and clean home-like accommodations on the Kerala tea plantations and spend your eco-tourism vacations in Kerala, South India in the midst of pure undulating greens. Watch the plantation workers plucking tealeaves and filling the baskets slung on their backs while you enjoy nature treks.

Usually it's the women who are employed for plucking tealeaves on these tea plantations in Kerala, South India. These women work in unison and sing peppy songs while plucking tealeaves and move along the rows of tea bushes in perfect rhythm.

Kerala, South India has some of the highest tea estates located in India. Munnar is one of the most popular Kerala hill stations, which is known for its sweeping tea plantations. Some of the popular tea plantations in Kerala, South India are located at Peerumedu that is situated at a height of 914-meters above the sea level, Anayirankal that has acres of tea plantations located in the midst of dense evergreen forests and a few other Kerala hill stations that are definitely worth visiting on your Kerala eco-tourism tours to Kerala, South India

Tea and Health Factors

The Healthy effects of Green Tea

Green tea, with its sweet aroma and eternally fresh taste has been approved and drunk since its introduction to Japan centuries ago. Modern research has finally put up why as a functional food Green tea is indispensable and should prove a popular beverage for the health conscious generation. It is indeed as researchers say "A miraculous medicine with an extraordinary power to prolong".

Green Tea has the following components

  • Catechins - Reduces incidence of cancer, Reduces tumors, Reduces mutations, Reduces oxidation by active oxygen, Lowers blood cholesterol, Inhibits increase of blood pressure, increase of blood sugar, Kills bacteria, influenza virus, Fights carcinogenic bacteria, Prevents halitosis.
  • Caffeine - Acts as diuretics
  • Vitamin C - Reduces stress Prevents flu,
  • Theanine (a kind of amino acid) - Gives green tea its delicious taste
  • Vitamin B Complex - Aids carbohydrate metabolism

Tea & Cancer

Researchers from the National Center for Toxicological Research in the United States demonstrated that the flavins and polyphenols significantly inhibited the growth of human pancreatic and prostrate tumor cells.

Their research also indicated that tea could have a role to play in changing the genes involved in the process of causing cancer. Another study published in the International Journal of Cancer indicated that men who drink between 2 and 3 cups of tea per day might reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 30% compared to the non tea drinkers.

Tea & Cardiac Ailments

The natural oxidant properties of tea may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The polyphenols in tea have beneficial effect on two long established heart disease risk factors - High Cholesterol - High Blood Pressure.

To quote Dr Simon Maxwell, Clinical Pharmacologist, Edinburgh University, " Dietary flavonoids may play in reducing the risk of circulatory diseases".

Tea & Oral Health

Tea is one of the few natural sources of fluoride and has been shown to have positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Scientists believe that drinking tea improves oral health by helping prevent dental caries, by minimizing the possibility of dental plaques, the scale caused by mouth bacteria that leads to gum disease

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