Tea Gardens in Munnar

Tea Gardens Overview

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The hill station of Munnar is synonymous with rolling hills that are carpeted with verdant plantations of tea – a delicious beverage loved worldwide. This place is recognised for having some of the best and most beautiful tea gardens across the globe. Owing to the presence of large tea estates and big names in the field, it is regarded as a prominent hub of tea trade in the country.

Until 1790, Munnar was a densely forested region that was discovered by the Duke of Wellington. In 1870, a subordinate of Travancore's ruler granted 588 sq km of land on lease to J.D. Munro, who was a Scottish tea planter and a lawyer. A.H. Sharp planted the first sapling of tea at Parvathi, which now comes under the Sevenmallay Estate. In present times, the hill station has more than 50 tea gardens and sprawling estates. Harrison Malayalam, Michael's Tea, Brooke Bond and AVT Tea are some of the well-known tea estates in the region.

Tea in Munnar is grown on its undulating terrain, which appear as if they are covered with a bright green blanket. Sometimes, terraced plantation is also followed in order to prevent soil erosion and to facilitate irrigation. As tea has become one of the reasons behind this hill station's international fame, it is considered an important aspect of this place. Keeping this in mind, Tata Tea established a tea museum to provide an insight into the process that is involved behind every delicious sip of tea.

  • Opening Closing Time Kanan Devan Tea Museum:
    09:00 am – 05:00 pm

    Kanan Devan Tea Museum:
    Open all days, except Monday

  • Photo Opp

    The tea gardens make a beautiful backdrop for photographs . The vast expanse of greenery and silvery mist form a perfect setting for photography. Visitors are required to seek prior permission for conducting photography in many of the tea estates.
  • Movie Connect

    The beauty of Munnar's tea gardens has always fascinated the Hindi film fraternity. Several Bollywood movies and famous song sequences have been shot in these rolling tea plantations. Nishabd (2007), starring Amitabh Bachchan opposite Jiah Khan, featured these gardens in one of its scenes.

    A few scenes from the Oscar-winning movie Life of Pi (2012) were also shot in the tea gardens of Munnar. This critically acclaimed movie featured Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Suraj Sharma in lead roles. Two popular songs from Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express (2013) were shot amidst these sprawling greens. Titli and Kashmir main tu Kanyakumari were the two songs of this blockbuster movie that featured Munnar's tea gardens.
  • Entrance Fee Kanan Devan Tea Museum:<br /> Rs. 75 for Adults<br /> Rs. 35 for Children

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Kanan Devan Tea Museum:
Munnar, Idukki, 685612, Kerala