Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
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SAVIN55
Kochi (Cochin), India745 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2023 • Venner
One of the Highest Organic Tea plantation in the world. It is home to the highest tea plantation in the world with the tea grown here possessing a special flavor and freshness because of the high altitude. View is awesome.
Skrevet 15. mars 2024
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5,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2023 • Familie
We found an excellent jeep safari guide, John, who took us to multiple stops on top of Kolukkumalai. Apparently, going here for Sun rise is a special experience. John knew a lot about the local area since he was born and brought up in the region. You can contact him on. He can also arrange for people to stay on top of the hill. This place and not top station is the highest accessible point in the region.

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Skrevet 4. august 2023
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Sophie
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1,0 av 5 bobler
jan. 2023
To get to this place at the bottom of the mountain, is already a long road. But after that, you go up with a jeep for 1 hour (!), and the road is not a road its only rocks and stones. If you see the picture on google, they photoshop the road, its not like that. The view is amazing, it is! The staff was nice. And give us a tour in the fabric. But the fabric is really old. And was not in progress at that moment.

But what they are telling at the website, its not like that. Maybe there are tours. But the website looks so professional, and also it seems like the fabric is a litte bit up hill. It isnt! We expected to see the sunset, but the fabric was down hill. In a valley, so if you are finally upstairs, you have another horrible road down. And... no sunset at all. That was such a shame, because the view from the otherside is beautiful. (but you see same things also more down, you dont have to go alllllll the way up!

Its cold overthere, and not only the highest plantation but also the oldest one! Oke, we had fun to see it.. but is it the ride worth it? noooo!

The only thing i was thinking when we went up and down was.. why? Why are they bringing people overhere? Its such a long heavy ride.
Skrevet 20. januar 2023
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Vikas Singh
Ghaziabad, India4 144 bidrag
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jan. 2022
The road is pretty bad and you need to hire a local jeep to travel all the way to the top but it is worth the effort. After all you will be travelling to the highest tea estate in the world! At 7130 ft above MSL this is the highest grown orthodox tea in the world. For a small entry fee you get a conducted tour of the tea factory and can then relax over a hot cup of organic tea straight from the tea estate.
Skrevet 21. april 2022
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Ashish S
Mumbai (Bombay), India4 bidrag
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nov. 2021
Had a really bad experience while travelling to and from the location, with 45 minutes of very harsh jerks resulting in severe body ache and a mental torture to go through or even think about the experience!
Strict no for Senior citizens and also for those having any form of back aches / body aches...
Skrevet 7. desember 2021
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BENZON JOHN
Noida, India18 bidrag
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mar. 2020
Heaven on Earth - Kolukkumalai :

Even after spending close to 30 years in Delhi, we have never decided to settle in this capital city due to various reasons – blame it on the extreme climate or the boring life inside the flats and apartments or the high crime rates…. So whenever we get an opportunity to travel, we would never miss it – be it alone, or with my better half or with our friends..
I called up Vincent - my childhood friend (who is practicing in the Cochin High-Court) in one of those boring days from my office and discussed about taking a short break to beat the boredom and we decided to travel to “Kolukkumalai” from where one can trek upto “Meesapuli Malai” which hosts one of the high altitude tea-plantations in the world. We are normally lone travelers and did various trips in my old “Wagon R” in the past. This time Vincent got a relatively new car and we decided to take Beena, Vincent’s wife along-with my father and father in-law for the trip.
I landed at the Cochin International Airport in the wee hours of March 6 2020. I started the journey from Delhi after a hectic weekend day at my office to catch the evening flight – now a days there are a few night flights from Delhi which reach Cochin in the late hours and all these flights are jam packed with passengers who wanted to take advantage of night travelling and getting a “full length day” the next day.
Angamali Railway station is just 15 minutes drive from the Airport. Some times the drivers will take a short cut thru a railway crossing which may take an additional 5 minutes in case the crossing is closed for passage of the trains. I took a Uber to the Railway station @ Rs. 350/- (Airport Taxies charge Rs. 550) and waited for “Guruvayur Express” which will drop me at Kayamkulam – the station near to my home early morning. It was the beginning of the Covid 19 scare and I deliberately avoided the blankets and sheets offered by the train attendant. I set the alarm on the “Rail Yatri” application and got into a deep sleep forgetting the surroundings….
The train was late by around 30 minutes and arrived at Kayamkulam Station in the early morning of 12th March. I called up Shyju – (a good Samaritan who stays with my father who is alone for the last few years after my mom’s sudden demise) Shyju did not respond to my call initially as he was in deep sleep inside the car giving me some anxious moments at the deserted station in the night…. He called me back after some time and we reached my home after 15 minutes. I took a bath before going to the bed to wash away the hectic day and went into a deep sleep.
After around 4 hours sleep, I got up early morning and got ready by 6.00 at my first floor room. Downstairs, my father and father in law – despite of their age (around 80) were ready by 6.30. Vincent promised me to pick-up us by 6.30am and as usual he was late by almost an hour and half ! making me slightly frustrated and angry.
So, we started our journey from Kattanam (my hometown) at 8.00 towards Chinnakanal. Google map calculated 5.30 hours for the journey of around 170 kms. From Kattanam via Erumeli, Wagamon, Nedungandam and Kattapana. The problem while travelling thru this route is the difficulty in finding good restaurants till we reach Mundakayam or Neungandam. Many of the restaurants are seasonal in nature and will be operational only during the Sabarimala Season which is from November to January every year. We reached Ranni by 9.15 and found a small restaurant for breakfast. It was an average breakfast with limited offerings like Kerala Paratha and Appam. Since there are only limited options on this route it is better to have something from the options available en-route. We resumed our journey after a 30 minutes break and crossed Erumeli in another 30 minutes. The route from Erumeli to Wagamon is very scenic and slightly adventurous. The gorges near Wagamon are very deep and the sudden mist that appears on the road makes the journey enchanting and equally dangerous !.
From the Wagamon round about we took the route for Nedungandam and reached Nedungandam by 1.00 pm. Nedungandam is one of the hill towns in the Idukki District having lot many shops on either side of the road selling provisions, textiles bakeries, spices etc. We decided to have our lunch here as chances of getting good food is less when you are climbing up the hills. We resumed our journey at around 2.00 pm after having lunch. After Nedungandam, you will be welcomed by the fresh tea plantations on either side of the road. Tourists who crosses this town towards munnar, stop and take a few pictures before proceeding further. We also stopped for a while for taking some beautiful snaps of the plantations.. People who see the plantations for the first time will be awestruck at the beauty of the plantations and the way its maintained. In between the tea plantations, you will see lots of cardamom plantations which gives a different beauty to the landscape. More than 60% of India’s cardamom is grown in Kerala – mainly in Idukki District. The place Kumily is the largest cardamom market in the world. The Cardamom plants are planted below big trees which gives shade to the plants.
By 3.15 we have reached “Anayirankal Dam” road and decided to visit the Anayirankal reservoir which can be reached thru the property of Harrison Plantations for which one need to pay entry fee. Since it was evening time and there was some waiting time for the boating activities, after spending around an hour, we decided to reach the hotel – Sterling Resorts by 5.00 pm. We completed the check-in formalities within 10 minutes of arrival and got into our rooms for refreshing ourselves. Sterling has a beautiful property at Chinnakanal which is neatly maintained. The cottages are built on the downhill just beside the forest. It’s an ideal place for people who want to rest on the lap of the nature for a few days… Even though the journey was more than 6 hours including the breaks, the elders with us did not show any form of fatigue throughout the journey.
The evening was pleasant with temperature around 20 degrees. We enjoyed the glasses of whiskey which washed away all the tiredness of the long journey.
The next day – we three – Vincent, Beena and myself went out for morning walk and to book the jeep for “Kolukkumalai” visit. Some of the tea shops opposite to Sterling was already open and we enjoyed the morning tea from one of the tea shops. I always like the tea served at the local tea stalls in Munnar and surroundings for it’s unique taste. The tea is made of tea dust and is strong in nature. The tea which is brewed thru the samovar enhances its taste a lot. After the tea, Vincent brought the car and we set out to the Suryanelli town for morning walk. After parking the car on the roadside near the post office, we went for the walk thru plantations on either side and clear blue skies above us. The tea plantation workers stay inside the plantations in small clusters called “layams” in Malayalam (small stables or similar) Since it was a Sunday, many of the workers were having off and they were getting ready for going the temples and churches nearby. While walking thru the plantation, we met this lady – Kanchana - Beena started talking in Tamil and she was eager to understand the lives of the plantation workers. Kanchana is widow of around 30 years and have two kids of ages 15 and 13. Her husband died a few years back due to heart attack now she has to take care of the kids with an average income of Rs. 200/- per day for an eight hour job. Life is actually tough for the tea plantation employees and they get into a trap which they find it difficult to break due to lack of other opportunities nearby. Beena took note of the phone no. of Kanchana and promised to be in touch with her in future. After spending nearly two hours in the plantation, we returned to our rooms and got ready for the “Kolukkumalai” drive after finishing our breakfast briskly.
“Muthu” owner cum driver of the jeep was ready at the entrance of the hotel and we started our journey to one of the highest tea plantation in the world. The rate for the journey is 2000 rupees which is pre-fixed and printed and pasted in front of the hotel to avoid any arguments or bargaining between the visitors and jeep drivers. Muthu is a good talkative driver who has his Tamil routes. His parents and forefathers were plantation workers and Muthu bought this second hand Police Jeep some years back for a lakh and half rupees thru auction. He does repair of the jeep himself to save cost. Since the road towards Kolukkumalai is only rubble road, the tyres get damaged very fast after a few thousand kilometers and need to be replaced. Kolukkumalai peaks need to be reached thru Harrison Plantations and the jeep rent need to be deposited at the entrance of the plantation. The driver will collect the money on return from the gate (Harrison plantations charge some amount for using their property). I seated myself on the front seat of the jeep to take some pictures en-route. Both the parents were seated on the side seats with Vincent and Beena backing up them to prevent any fall from the jeep when it climbs up the hill. The route to the peak is so narrow that only one jeep can go at a time. The turns are so sharp that some times Muthu has to reverse the car and turn it again before climbing up. En-route there were many jeeps returning from the peak for which giving side was a difficult task. Some times the tyres of the jeep were almost on the edges of the road which I thought will take us down to the deep valley below. The beauty of the Kolukkumalai drive are these rough paths and sharp turns and the risks it offers on the way !. We reached the peak within an hour and Muthu parked the jeep at one corner of the peak. After walking some steps towards a view point, we asked our parents to wait there and we continued our walk to the “Lion rock” which is a lion shaped natural formation.
Thank God ! it is a clear day and the mist coming from the depth were getting disbursed within seconds of appearance due to the strong winds coming from the depths of the valley. At one side of the peak, the depth is more than a Kilometer and you need to hold your breath to balance yourself on the narrow strip of land. Cumbum and Theni - the hamlets under Tamil Nadu are on this part of the peak. On the other side which is under Kerala, the beauty of the valley opens up in front of you when the wind blows and mist is vanished. This is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever experienced in my travels so far. The neatly cut tea plantations play hide and seek with the misty clouds as the wind blows. We posed near the lion rock for a photo op. Vincent put his hand onto the mouth of the rock and stood carefully on the edge against strong winds coming from the depths - A minute diversion will be very fatal and irreversible !. Some of the other visitors didn’t opt for the photo after looking into the depths. After spending almost two hours at the top we started our descent. My parents were waiting impatiently for us near the parking area – thanks to the group from Cochin who spend time chatting with them.
On descent, Muthu hardly put the engine running and controlled the descent with his breaks and gear box – Thanks to the manual operations of the Jeep ! (no power breaks – no power steering) Hats off to this guy for his guts !. On the way to the hotel, we stopped for a late lunch at “Appunnoos Hotel” which serves the best food on the Chinnakanal – Sooryanelli route. We started the return journey from Sterling at 4.00 pm reached Kattanam by 00.30 hrs. next day.
Skrevet 26. april 2020
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Suhas
Nellore, India48 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
apr. 2019 • Familie
One should definitely go there and experience the making of tea ☕️, with those traditional methods ... and sip some hot tea ....!!
Skrevet 15. mars 2020
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Shvethang
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5,0 av 5 bobler
nov. 2019
Visited here during our vacation at native. We bought tea dust from here. Beautiful place also the tea was tasty...
Skrevet 21. desember 2019
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Soumyajit Saha
Calcutta, India397 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2019 • Alene
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is located in south India. It is one of the best Tea Estates in India. One must visit this place.
Skrevet 12. oktober 2019
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Ajo kurian
Thekkady, India51 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
mai 2019 • Venner
Heavenly place, heavenly view, heavenly experience. That's the way it should be described. Only thing is the visitors who make it dirty plastic as well as other wastes. The place is nature's gift a very well place to relax away from the city
Skrevet 1. juli 2019
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