Enjoying a refreshing cup of tea at one of the highest aromatic altitudes in the world is certainly an experience to cherish upon. This is exactly what Kolukkumalai Tea Estate in Munnar has to offer. At heights of 7900 ft above the sea level, the tea plantations at Kolukkumalai are the highest in the world. Owing to such an altitude, the quality of tea that is grown here adheres to a special flavor and freshness.
These sprawling plantations have atwo-storied old tea factory as theirrightful owner. Built in the year 1930, the factory still sticks to its old yet time-tested methods of tea processing. This traditional functionalityin tea processing separates it from the other estates in the vicinity of Munnar. Some of the best known tea varieties which one can relishupon a trip to Kolukkumalai are the Broken Orange Pekoe and Flowery Orange Pekoe.
Opening and Closing timings
Kolukkumalai tea estate is open all the days of the week, except Sundays. (07:00 am to 06:00 pm).
For visiting the tea estate, visitors have to pay a nominal fee of Rs 75.
How to reach
Kolukkumalai tea estate is just 38 km away from Munnar and is accessible only on a jeep from the main town. Journey to the hill top is bound to take one and a half hour.
By Air: Nearest airport to the town of Munnar in Kerala lies 125 km away from it; Cochin International Airport. Cochin airport is very well accessible from the major cities of India as well as many from abroad. From here, one can hire taxi or cab to Munnar.
By Rail: Kochi railway junction or Ernakulam is the nearest rail head to the hill station of Munnar. It is very well connected to Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore.
By Road: If road journeys excite you, then make use of the bus service from Cochin to Munnar (125 km away). One can also board buses from other cities of Kerala like Madurai (152 km away), Thrissur (148 km away) and Thiruvananthapuram (281 km away).
When to Go?
One of the best hill stations in Kerala, Munnar offers a pleasing climate throughout the year. However, the temperature is bound to be subjected to slight variations with every passing season. Considering the purpose of visiting the tea estate at Kolukkumalai, one must schedule his trip in the months of winters. The season stays a stagnant cool and pleasant with temperatures dropping till 11° C. However, one also has the option of visiting Kolukkumalai in the summer months (March till May).
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