India is the second largest producer of tea after China. Assam Tea and Darjeeling tea are considered one of the best in the world. Most of the tea plantations are located in Eastern India and Southern India. These vast plantations were developed during British Raj and each of them had a plantation manager or “Burra Sahib”. Most of the planation manager’s bungalows have now been converted into boutique hotels and some still retain reference to ‘Burra Sahib Bungalow’.
Tea plantations are great retreats to rejuvenate your senses. Pristine locations in the middle of vast tea plantation, balmy weather and cool mountain air with drifting odour of tea make your stay an unforgettable affair. You can just relax in the tea bungalows or go for walks in the vast tea plantations. You can also try plucking of tea leaves and experience the process of tea productions. Some of the tea plantations have still retained age old technology of tea processing.
A tour of Tea Gardens of India offers relaxation, rejuvenation, glimpses into local culture with a dash of adrenaline rush. You can choose to stay in one tea plantation for a longer duration or visit two or more plantation as a part of tour.
Our tour Tea Gardens of India is very popular with tea connoisseurs. This tour covers the tea plantations in Darjeeling and Assam. The best time to visit tea plantation is between March to October when the tea plucking happens and tea factories are operational. Not only tea plucking and processing but you also get to lean the art of ‘Tea Tasting’. Our experts will teach you the nuances of tea processing and tasting. You get to pluck your own tea, process it, taste it and take it home as a souvenir.
One of the highlights of tea tour is the tea bungalows that you stay in. Tea bungalows are small cosy building with few rooms and are away from hustle bustle of the city life. Built in bygone era, these bungalows still retain the old world charm.
While Assam and Darjeeling have been eternal favorites for tea tours, the plantations in Kerala and Tamilnadu are also popular. An upcoming tea destination is Kolukkumalai tea plantation outside Munnar (Kerala) bordering Tamilnadu. It is one of the highest tea plantations in the world and probably the last tea plantation created by British in India. The plantation still has original factory and machinery in working condition. This tea plantation also offers excellent hiking or biking opportunity with rewarding scenery.