Munnar is a beautiful hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala. The word ‘Munnar’ in Malayalam means the land of three rivers. Munnar is nestled between hills and lush green tree plantations. It is a beautiful hill station, here you can treat your eyes to vast expanses of tea plantations,forests,valleys and mountains.
Munnar is synonymous to tea plantations. A trip to Munnar is incomplete without visiting these tea plantations. I am a tea addict and I absolutely loved Munnar. During my visit I learnt so much about tea. For us it is just a cup of tea, but the effort that goes behind producing that one cup tea is worth the praise.
Some interesting facts about Tea Plantations :
Tea cultivation in Munnar was started by the British and hence the plantation workers still follow some of their rules of working.
Two types of Tea are produced in the Kannan Devan Hill plantations, they are Orthodox and CTC.
Most of the tea plantation work is done by woman. They work really hard. Some of them walk for several kilometers to reach the plantation. Tea plucking starts early in the morning and continues till late evening.
The tea bushes are so sharp that the tea pluckers have to cover themselves with plastic sheets so that they don’t get cuts.
Another interesting fact which not only people know is that Black Tea,Green Tea and White tea, all the three types of tea are produced from the same leaf.
Producing tea involves several steps like Withering,Rolling,Oxidation and Crushing.
Crushing in case of white tea is minimum, hence it is the finest form of Tea available which also makes it the most expensive tea.