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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 – South India

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

Nilgiri: Tea

Also known as the Blue Mountains, Nilgiris are spread across the southwestern tip of India and lies at an altitude of forty five hundred feet. Grown all the year round, Nilgiri teas are relatively mild and is mellow, light and clean liquor. Besides, Nilgiri teas are often used in blends

A tea tour to south India will take you to the Nilgiris, a picturesque range of hilly landscapes. It is here that you will find tea gardens at elevations ranging from 1000 meters to 2500 meters.

The tea estates in Nilgiri produce tea that is mild in taste with a mellow and clean liquor. Moreover, tea is grown all year round in the Nilgiri region, unlike Assam and Nilgiri where it is but seasonal. Having a lateritic origin, the Nilgiris soils are red and yellow loam. Most tea plantations here get two monsoons owing to which the tea bushes in South India 'flush' all the year round resulting in cropping season throughout the year.

Tea produced in the tea estates in Nilgiri give a fine and pronounced flavor. The flavor of the tea is derived from the high elevation and prevails throughout the year in the varying degrees. Considered as blender's dream, Nilgiri teas give the liquor body and strength as well.

The tranquil ambience, soothing greenery and salubrious climate - everything about the Nilgiri region spells magic. So why don't you experience this magic for yourself with a tea tour that will add up as an experience to cherish for life.


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

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

Coffee Tourism Karnataka

“To drink is human, to drink coffee is divine!” To Sipp endless cups of Coffee is now a passe the “in” thing is now is to head for those places where Coffee is grown and experience firsthand on living the life of a coffee planter. Coffee tours are the latest buzz in the Indian tourism scenario.

Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the three coffee growing states in India. Coffees, similar to wines, taste wise stands different from each other. The flavor essentially alters depends on number of factors like the soil and climate it grows in, the processing (wet vs dry)and, of course, the roasting method.

Among ther Coffee tourism hotspots Coorg referred to as the Scotland of India has taken the lead and can be undoubtedly declared as the coffee country of India, followed by Chikmagalur, Annamalai hills of Tamil Nadu, Munnar and new areas like Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Coorg

In the Coorg region Coffee tourism is spearheaded by Tata Coffee that offers plantation trails in this evergreen land. Old colonial Bungalows amid the idyllic coffee growing estates have been thoroughly spruced up and offered in two places namely Pollibetta and Glenlorna estates. Pollibetta just an hour’s drive from Madikari has coffee estates which are spread over an extensive area. A number of activities are offered to the tourists here apart from breathing the invigorating fresh air. A guided tour of the coffee making process tops the list of must dos at Pollibetta. Then there are the drives in open-top jeeps through the coffee-plantations with knowledgeable guides to understand the art of growing coffee. A casual stroll in the estates and interaction with the coffee planters are also extremely enjoyable. For golf enthusiasts, there is the Tata Coffee Golf Course to tee off your vacation in style. Glenlorna plantation trails are located about 30 km from the Pollibetta trail near Hudikeri. Incidentally Glenlorna is the sole tea estate in the coffee country of Coorg. The bungalow at this estate is perched on a hillock and gives a bird’s eye view of the lush green plantations. Here also a visit to the tea factory coupled with a guided tour of the coffee and tea plantations are offered to the tourists.

Other than Tatas many private home stays are also offered in and around Madikari, Gonikoppal et al.

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur district along with Hassan of Karnataka are also among the prominent coffee growing areas. Along with Plantation Trail Bungalows of Tata Coffee, there are also many others providing accommodation amid expansive coffee estates.

Kerala Spice Plantations

Wander at leisure on the aromatic Kerala spice plantations during your Kerala India eco-tourism Vacations. Stay at the spice plantation farmhouses with the plantation owners and experience the magical charm of staying in the midst of luxuriant plantations laden heavily with a combination of scents of the various spices that are grown on these extensive plantations.

Though you can visit spice plantations almost all over beautiful Kerala, Periyar is one of the most popular spice districts in Kerala, South India. This absolutely beautiful hill district is covered with a variety of spice plantations that lie close to the famous Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Shop for rare spices at the local Kerala spice markets and inhale the intoxicating aroma of cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, ginger, turmeric, curry leaves and other spices. Besides the cultivation of these traditional Kerala spices the Kerala plantation owners have also taken to growing spices such as rosemary, oregano, mint, vanilla, bay leaves, basil, thyme and others.

Discover the secret of the mouthwatering Kerala cuisine as you visit the acres of Kerala spice plantations on your eco-tourism vacations with Kerala India Vacations. Spices are basically fragrant substances of vegetable origin with distinct flavors used in selective combinations to give a special flavor to the exotic Indian cuisine.

Enjoy bird watching tours and nature treks to the lovely Kerala spice plantations with Kerala India Vacations and experience the Kerala natural beauty at its aromatic best. Watch the locals work on the extensive spice plantations and observe closely the way of life in these Kerala spice plantations and enjoy your eco-tourism vacations thoroughly.

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