KDHP Tea Museum
Kanan Devan Hills Plantation, Munnar, India
www.kdhptea.com/TeaMuseum.html - +91 4685 230561 65
KDHP Tea Museum Munnar Reviews
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.
Part of the Passage To India (Jan 14-24, 2009) travel blog
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