Beauty Of Tea Estates at Waynad, Kerala

Enjoy a tea plantation tour in this ambrosial place.

You can avail of this tour of three hours anytime between 9am and 5pm.

A velvety carpet of fresh green tea leaves stretches out before you as you climb the hilly ranges of Kalpetta.

The tea plants are planted at just enough distances to enable the harvesters to pluck the right leaves.

A guide will take you through, giving you interesting insights on the plantation.

If you wish, try your hand in helping the plantation workers in their daily chores.

There is also the option of buying freshly dried tea leaves.

Those sparsely spaced Silver Oaks are essential for the plantation's survival. Tea is a rainfed crop. The efficiency of tea plantation's output depends on the adequate and uniform yearly distribution of rainfall and soil moisture. The Silver Oak does give the shade, but doesn't compete with the tea crop for the soil moisture.

Tea plants are bushy and pruned typically to your midriff level height, making the plucking easy. During the plucking, one will squeeze through the narrow gap between the plants.

Many resorts and home stays arrange plantation tours in Wayanad. It's peculiar Wayanad has plantations of Tea, rubber, coffee and spices, especially cardamom, though they grow in distinctively different soil and environmental conditions.

Of all these plantations, tea estates steals to show, thanks to the spectacular patterns it create on those rolling hills.


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