KDHP Tea Museum

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Kanan Devan Hills Plantation, Munnar, India
KDHP Tea Museum - Tea with nature
KDHP Tea Museum - Tea building
KDHP Tea Museum - Granite Sundial
KDHP Tea Museum - Plantation Teascape
KDHP Tea Museum - Tea Museum (KDHP)

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Tea time - with perspective. Jan 22, 2009
The Kanan Devan Hills Plantation (KDHP) Tea Museum is a place where you can learn how Tea is harvested and processed to make the blends and flavors contained in the leaves. There was something very basic about the process that I appreciated. Much of the 'processing' is done by hand and the machines acted only as assistants for the transport and accumulation.

The museum gives a history lesson about Tea in India, which was not that interesting with decaying antiques left over from the days of British influence, but the real interest is the factory. The conveyor belts tell only part of the story, and much of the work in selection is done by human workers. I got a real appreciation for tea in this way. There is an art to it that transcends machine technology, which I appreciated.

It is well worth a visit to see how it is done, and the views of the plantation are equally worthwhile. There is a tea tasting area and a place where you can purchase some blends on site, although they seemed a bit expensive to me. Check out the granite sundial just outside the main entrance - a very cool artifact of days gone by. This museum is a tribute to tea and the factory is well worth seeing in ways that simple technology and human guidance can produce something quite splendid that we all can enjoy, Tea time - with perspective.
Tea Museum (KDHP)
Granite Sundial
Tea building
Tea with nature
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spocklogic says:
The British influence in India can still be seen in many ways. I guess the British dude masquerading as Chinese is ironic since tea has its origins in South and East Asia. The British have had their influence there too. I like Bill Bryson and enjoyed "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (2005). His new book "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" (2010) sounds an interesting continuation. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2011
vances says:
Reading Bill Bryson's "Home" and just learned that tea came to India via some British dude who masqueraded as a Chinese and spent several years wandering the country to learn how to cultivate tea...quite interesting!
Posted on: Sep 28, 2011
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