Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Kolukkumalai tea estate is a small village/hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala.
It is home to the highest tea plantations in the world with the tea is grown here possessing a special flavor and freshness because of the high altitude.
Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet (2,170 m) above sea level and lies some 32 kilometers (20 mi) from Munnar. The hilltop village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged and rain-drenched roads covering up to 17 km. It is about a one and a half hour journey from Munnar town. The exact location of kolukkumalai is in Theni district (Tamil Nadu). The approach road is via Suryanelli near Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala.
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It’s remote – it takes about 90 minutes to reach Kolukkumalai from Munnar – but on clear nights, you can see Kodaikanal from the estate because of its height. The rejuvenating fresh air is a blessing in this place, but life is very simple.
There are no modern machines or computerized systems, and many of the really old machines proudly display the labels of their English manufacturers and time stamps that date back to the 1940s.
The tea grown on the slopes of Kolikkumalai is special and much sought after for its distinctive flavor and aroma.
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