Kolukkumalai Tea Estate


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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate Overview

Ranked 6 of 63 sightseeing in Munnar

Kokukkumalai Tea Estate lies at a distance of 35 km from Munnar in the state of Tamilnadu, on the high peaks of Western Ghats. Kokukkumalai Tea Estate is the highest tea plantation in the world since it is situated at an altitude of 2440 m (8000 feet) above sea level. This tea estate was established during 1930’s by the British. The tea factory at Kokukkumalai is noteworthy for the traditional or orthodox tea-making techniques.

Orthodox tea-making consists of seven complex steps such as withering, rolling, sieving, fermenting, drying, fibre extraction and grading. Kokukkumalai Tea Estate, famous for its flavoursome teas, was the winner of Southern Tea Competition conducted by the Golden Leaf India Awards in the year 2005.

Kokukkumalai Tea Estate is an isolated place located about 90-minutes drive from Munnar. Situated against the backdrop of mountain ranges of Western Ghats, Kokukkumalai is surrounded by lush hills and valleys. At nights tourists can have a clear view of Kodaikanal from the view point nearby Kokukkumalai Estate.  

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  • Best Time: During DayBest Time: During Day
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Shvetang Gupta5.0/5

32 reviews

Pictorial view

Kolukkumalai is highest tea plantation in the world. The scene of tea plantation looks beautiful and never forgettable. Really when you will see you will never think to leave this place. Temperature is so cool.

Vikas pericherla5.0/5

2 reviews

Pristine beauty

Most exotic sightseeing destination in India. I have travelled many hillstations in India but Munnar is one of a kind beauty. Nowhere in India could u find such beautifully crafted tea estates among breathtaking landscapes.

Vikash Agarwal5.0/5

127 reviews

India best tea estate

This is the best tea estate i ever visited. There is highest organic tea estate in world. Beauty of this place cannot be expressed in word. You have to book local jeep to visit this place because of very rough and jumpy road. This is also on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. On the top of this place you find yourself inbetween cloud.

Pradeep Ramachandran3.6/5

225 reviews

Superb view

Noting else than view. We can see lavish green view all sorrounded this place. It is very much attractive place for lovers . will get super panoramic view....


1 review

Beautiful panoramic visuals

Beautiful panoramic visuals, a long drive up rickety mountain roads and a stunning sunshine sums up my experience here. If you want to experience some quiet and get away from the crowded tourist centre, this is your spot. There is tea growing in beautiful symmetrical plantations. There are chirpy workers willing to talk. There is sweet milky tea to drink. Though I did not really like the taste of the tea being sold, you could choose to buy and bring some back if you like weak tea. For luxury travellers (willing to spend over 5000 a day) there is beautiful accommodation at the estate. Staying there will definitely be a memorable experience. For a more detailed description, please read here - this helps!

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Ria Das5.0/5

8 reviews

The best attraction from Munnar

A beautiful tea estate it was at Kerala-TamilNadu border. We reached the base of Kolukkumalai tea estate. There were some jeeps parked there. We agreed to a price of 1400/- rs for the round trip of around 4 hours. We along with our driver got in the jeep and started our safari.We crossed a small village with some shops and then soon we entered the beautiful tea estate. The spectacular view of the plantation amazed me. The sun was playing with the clouds and our jeep was playing and romancing the bends of the road uphill. The road was very rough and patchy with stones. We crossed some beautiful streams and waterfall. The jeep driver was a great photographer and took our amazing pics with my dslr. He even instructed us to give poses and was happy to share his innovative ideas while clicking pics. He asked us to enjoy small treks at some places. We walked in between the gardens. Workers were plucking tea leaves there. We learnt the art of plucking tea leaves and plucked leaves along with them. It was foggy by then.We reached to the top of Kolukkumalai in our jeep and trekked a little up to the tea factory. There was an echo point in between. The tea factory was an old one built in 1930s and is the highest in the world at about 7900 feet above sea level. We paid 100 rs each there for a guided tour of the factory. First we went upstairs where tea leaves were kept and then we came downstairs where we made tea from the raw material through different machines. It was an experience one of a kind. We also had tea there.It was around 6 by then and it was getting dark and cold. We got into our jeep and started moving back to the base. The sight of the tea factory far way surrounded by the tea garden looked like a castle to me from the distant road.It was dark and too much foggy. I could see nothing. I was wondering how the driver was riding the jeep downhill through the dangerous terrain. It also started raining after sometime. After a bone breaking safari which was totally worth, we reached to the base, got in our car and started our journey back to Munnar town.

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Soubhagyamoyee Pal4.3/5

7 reviews

Highest altitude of tea plantation

This tea estate is said to be the highest altitude tea plantation. We had been there on 27th December 2015 after breakfast. We began in a jeep n clear sky but after sometime the roads were drastically rough, it was a roller coaster ride but what awaited was such an amazing experience that the rough roads could be overlooked. On reaching the top we had Tamilnadu on one side and Kerala on the otherside of the mountain. The misty ambience and drizzling drops and the gracefully swaying trees all added to a memory for Lifetime. Truly worthy of the vacation.

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Omar Mukhthar3.6/5

11 reviews

Travel towards nature

kolakumalai tea estate is the highest organic tea garden in world , where tea cultivation and proccessing is done by conventional methods which was adopted by british tea cultivators . it can be accecible only by jeep from suryanelli as the road to kolakumalai is an off road . jeep can be hired from suryanelli it costs about 1200 rs rates are negotiable . kolakumalai tea estate is located about 7000ft above msl. estate gives breath taking view of meeshapulmala , bodi , kodaihills and topstation. its about 14 kms from surayanelli its takes about 1hrs to reach the location . at kolakumalai we can buy best tea which does not contain any inorganic chemicals. we can see conventional method of tea production. also we can trek to near by hills from there

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Devakanni Subramanian4.3/5

13 reviews

Man made beauty

Man travels so much to the works of nature ...untouched..Here is a place he will fall in love for the touch of human..but for his hands these mountains would have never been this very beautiful.A range of mountains being sculpted nicely with organised tea plantation.A breathtaking view, of Tatas KANNAN DEVAN tea estates.Never one could have seen a uniform, uniformly spaced greens throughout the mountains.It lingers still today in my should see it for its Beaty, productivity, organisation and magnificence.

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Vinay Chauhan5.0/5

19 reviews

Knowledge of Tea

in munnar must see this tea estate. very big and good looking tea estate surrounding places are so beautiful really .we should know how the tea powder comes from tea leaves and benefits of tea