Pristine beauty - Kolukkumalai tea Estate, Munnar Review

Pristine beauty

Review of Kolukkumalai tea Estate, Munnar

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Rank 6
Ranked 6 of 63,
in Munnar
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38 Ratings & 28 Reviews

What travellers are saying about Kolukkumalai tea Estate

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  • Good 5
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  • Below Average 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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28 traveller reviews for Kolukkumalai tea Estate

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Vikas pericherla

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  • Vikas pericherla
  • 2 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  144 readers

"Pristine beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2017
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 you find such beautifully crafted tea estates among breathtaking landscapes.
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Vikash Agarwal

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  • Vikash Agarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 38 photos
  • 102 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  48287 readers

"India best tea estate"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2017
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 between cloud.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 999 photos
  • 200 Reviews
  •  82 helpful votes
  •  82380 readers

"Superb view"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2016
Nothing else than view. We can see lavish green view all surrounded this place. It is very much attractive place for lovers. Will get super panoramic view.
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  • Swetambara
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  535 readers

"Beautiful panoramic visuals"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2016
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 getaway 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.
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Ria  Das

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  • Ria Das
  • 27 photos
  • 8 Reviews
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"The best attraction from Munnar"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2016
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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About Kolukkumalai tea Estate

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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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