“Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.”
Tea lovers are going to love this one. The Tea Museum in Munnar is Tata Tea’s attempt to educate people about how tea is made, the right way of brewing tea and a glimpse of the processes of a tea factory. And what’s best is that you can buy yourself a couple of packets or green, black, white tea from the museum itself. Delightful!
Some interesting things that you will spot at the Tea museum include the original tea roller, the ‘Rotorvane,’ dating back to 1905, used for CTC type tea processing; the ‘Pelton Wheel’ used in the power generation plant that existed in the Kanniamallay estate in the 1920s; a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway that shuttled men and material between Munnar and Top Station during the first half of the last century.
The museum might tempt you to take some stuff home like the classic bungalow furniture, typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the1909 telephone system. Very cool!
Outside the museum, the lush green picturesque tea farms will charm you. Soothing, exotic and scenic, just a few deep breaths here and you will feel rejuvenated.
Getting There: Take a flight/ train to Kochi and you get cabs at the airport itself to get to Munnar. They charge about Rs.3500 one way for a cab and it takes you about 4-5 hours to get to Munnar.
From Munnar you get auto rickshaws for Rs.30-40 for a one way ride to the museum.
Venue: Tata Tea Museum, Munnar
Nalluthanni Estate, Munnar, Idukki district
Phone: +91 4865 230561
Timings: 0900 to 1600 hrs. The museum is closed on Monday. Good Friday is also a holiday for museum.