We rarely take note of the tedious amount of efforts gone into producing every cup of coffee and tea that we consciously and unconsciously sip on every day. However, if you ever try to learn the process of producing either of the two drinks, you will realise how demanding, tiring, beautiful, and almost perfect the process is. With factors like the amount of rain, water, intensity of the sun rays, and even shadow playing a role in the production process, you would surely appreciate what goes behind bringing that cup of tea or coffee to you. On that note, here we have listed some of the tea and coffee plantation regions in India that are also perfect holiday destinations in themselves. By Kumar Shree
Sitting in the Western Ghats of India, the gem of a destination, Coorg enjoys the title of being one of the most popular hill stations in Karnataka. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is a popular monsoon destination and witnesses a good amount of tourists flocking to its ground every year. Coorg is one of those rare destinations that produces the best of both tea and coffee crops.
Coorg and Munnar share some common attributes — both are nestled in the pristine Western Ghats of India, and are popular monsoon destinations that enjoy a heavy inflow of tourists. Munnar, the tea county of Kerala, sits at the meeting point of Madhurapuzha and Nallathanni mountain along with the Kundali river stream. It even hypnotises tourists with its outstanding offering of rich flora and fauna.
Nilgiri mountain ranges trace the regions of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and is also a district in Tamil Nadu. The Nilgiri mountain range, also known as the blue mountains, is home to surreal hill stations like Coonoor and Ooty. While these hill stations are popular holiday destinations in themselves, the tea gardens in Coonoor and Ooty attract a good number of tourists to these regions.
Tea connoisseurs know how Darjeeling tea is different from Assam tea, and from the teas produced in other regions. Unlike other teas, which are known for their grains of differing degrees and usage of standard sized leaves for production, Darjeeling tea is known for producing tea with smaller leaves, which lends it a unique aroma and taste. Just like its tea, the landscape and the reasons due to which Darjeeling attracts visitors to its doors differ. Darjeeling also produces black, oolong and green teas.
The north-eastern gem of India is known for producing black tea using large tea leaves that are plucked every seventh day. Assam, one of the world’s largest tea growing regions, enjoys a gift that other plantations don’t possess – the Brahmaputra River. It is the symphony of Assam’s tropical climate and the fertility (courtesy: Brahmaputra River) that gives the Assam tea a malty taste, thus making it hugely popular all across the world.
Have you ever heard of the Kashmir of Odisha? Well, now you have! Located in the hilly regions of Odisha – the only hilly station in the state – Daringbadi is gifted with majestic coffee gardens, dense long pine tree forests, towering mountains, and majestic valleys. It is also one of the youngest coffee plantations in India, making it a worthwhile entry on this list.
Now that we know about some of the wonderful destinations in the Western Ghats, it’s time we look for something in the Eastern Ghats. This is where Araku, in the Visakhapatnam district of Tamil Nadu, makes its entry on the list. Araku Valley is known for its absolutely organic plantation done entirely by the local tribals. Apart from coffee, Araku also produces rubber and pepper.
Since coffee plantations are mainly concentrated in the southern regions of India, here comes another entry from the state of Tamil Nadu – Yercaud. This hill station in the Salem district is situated in the Shevaroys hill range and is known as one of the best coffee forests in India. The cool climate and prevailing silence of Yercaud attracts visitors. We recommend visiting Yecaud when you’re on visiting these amazing tea and coffee plantation regions in India.
One of the best hill stations in Kerala and a green paradise in the Malabar region, Wayanad is known for its climate, hills and valleys. The Robusta and Arabica varieties of coffee are major produces of Wayanad. Its pleasant climate is equally favourable for tea plantations as well. Just like Munnar does it for tea, Wayanad is known as the coffee county of Kerala.
Known as the coffee land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is located on the foothills of Mullayanagiri range. This is the first destination in India where coffee was introduced. Those who visit the region for the vast expanses of coffee and tea plantations, the abundance of forests and peacocks in these forests make for a scenic view as well.