Akin to the nectar of the Gods is the Camellia Sinensia,
which is a bush that gives fragrant amber ambrosia-a refresher and
stimulizer. In other words, TEA.
Commercial plantations came into existence in the Nilgiris around 1853, though tea plants were thriving in Tamil Nadu earlier to this. South Indian Tea has gained recognition far and wide. India is the fifth largest tea-producing belt in the world after China. In 1991, south India exported 50 million kg. to over 30 countries.
The Celebration Of Tea
The major tea growing areas in the South are the Nilgiris and the Anamalais High Ranges, Peermedu-Vandiperiyar belt and Wynad in Kerala and a few in Karnataka.
The Annual Tea and Tourism Festival is celebrated in the Nilgiris in the months of January/February jointly by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The festival is held for 3 days and varieties of tea are put on display. Visitors can also taste and select from the wide varieties of tea available.
Cultural programs, visits to Tea Estates and factories, fun and frolic etc., mark the celebrations. Come to the Nilgiris, during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed!
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: Udhagamandalam on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam, which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on the broad gauge.
Road: There are regular bus services connecting Udhagamandalam to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Calicut, Tirupati etc.
Accommodation is available at the star and economy class hotels, lodges and hostels in Udhagamandalam.