KDHP Tea Museum

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Kanan Devan Hills Plantation, Munnar, India

KDHP Tea Museum Munnar Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
566 reviews
Tea Museum Feb 16, 2017
Munnar's Tea Museum is housed in a former tea factory. It has a handful of rooms which exhibit old photos from the early days of tea farming here and various objects associated with the business, including old telephones and calculators, a tea grinder, office furniture - a bit of a hotchpotch really. One room shows a documentary of about 30 minutes describing the history of tea plantations in this region, from first "discovery" by Colonel Wellesley through early development and the influx of workers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, transfer to Indian ownership after Independence, and to the present day. This is well-made and was rather more engaging than I had expected it to be, although presented the company in a possibly misleadingly glowing light.

In another building, you can follow the two types of tea processing undertaken here - so-called "orthodox " and the new CTC method. In the former the leaves are rolled whereas in the latter they are cut. This is a faster process but produces lower quality powdered tea which is mainly used for the domestic market or in teabags, while the regularly produced tea is exported. Vinid demonstrated both processes for us from start to finish through the various machines on display. If you are more keen on tea than we are you can also buy some here, and I think I spotted a small snack bar where you can drink some on the spot.
In the museum
CTC machine
Tea picker near the museum
Museum entrance
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Toonsarah says:
It was her lunch break I gather
Posted on: Mar 06, 2017
Jo104 says:
Tea picker sitting down unheard of in Sri Lanka
Posted on: Mar 05, 2017
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spocklogic spocklog…
325 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.
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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