Tea tourism is an important part of Kerala Tours. Tourist visiting this south India state can explore the tea plantations of Kerala. The tea gardens of Kerala are mostly located in the highlands and midland plains which comprise hills and valleys. The main tea plantations areas of Kerala are discussed below:
1Idukki Tea Plantations
Idukki district of Kerala has various tea plantation gardens and this comprises the majority tea plantations of the state. The tea plantations of Idukki are Devikulam, Peerumadu, Anayirankal, Munnar Tea plantations, Chithirapuram, etc.
2Devikulam Hill Station :
Devikulam is a scenic hill station located 16 kms away from Munnar. It is known as Pond of Goddess as it is said that once Rama’s Wife Sita bathed in the pond located here. The natural bounties of Devikulam attract the tourist in large number.
3Peerumadu Tea Plantation :
Peerumadu has tea plantations. This hill station is located at a height of 914 meters above sea level. It was once the summer palace of the Travancore rulers. Besides tea this hill station has plantations of Rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom. It has also scenic waterfalls and open grasslands.
4Anayirankal (Tea plantation in Kerala)
This is an ideal picnic spot with its bush green carpet of tea plantation. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Tata Tea plantation and evergreen forests surround the Anayirankal Dam.
5Munnar Tea Plantations
Munnar is the most visited hill station in Kerala. It is 133 kilometers from Cochin. The vast stretches of tea and spice plantations make Munnar a favorite destination for the nature lovers. The altitude of the hill station is 1600 to 1800 meters. The highest peak of south India Anamudi is located in Munnar hill station. Munnar was a summer resort of the British and due to its pleasant climate Munnar can be visited throughout the year. Munnar is literally confluence of three mountain streams namely--Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
6Chithirapuram (Tea Plantation in Kerala)
Chithirapuram hill station is rooted with its old charm. This has picturesque tea plantations and home to Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project
7Kottayam Tea Plantations
Kottayam houses the Grampi hill station which has tea plantations. Tourist visits this hill station to explore its scenic tea plantations and other cultivations.
8Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Tea Plantations :
While on a tour to Trivandrum, the capital city of kerala, one must visit the Ponmudi hill station located at an altitude of 1100 feet above sea level. The rubber and tea estates of Ponmudi add scenic beauty to this hill station. Hill tribes are the main inhabitants of the region. Hikers, trekkers can have enjoyable time here.
Ponmudi is 61 kilometers away from Trivandrum and can be reached easily from the city centre.
Tea plantations are found at Charalkunnu Hill station in Pathanamthitta and Vilangakunnu in Thrissur.