Nilgiri hills, so called The Blue Mountain,
situated in the South India is another very popular spots sheltering
numerous of beautiful tea gardens. The hilly landscape of Nilgiri , unlike
and Assam, grows Tea
plants all over the year. At Nilgiri the tea is grown at the elevation of
around 1,000 meters to 2,500 meters. The major teas produced on the Nilgiri
hills are the Oolong and black tea. The favourable climatic conditions,
makes Nilgiri a truly unique tea.
Some of the popular tea esates in Nilgiri include Tiger Hill, Corsley,
Craigmore, Pascoes Woodlands, Colacumby, Nonsuch Dunsandale, Chamraj,
Parkside, and Glendale. Nilgiri teas are often referred to as 'The Fragrant
Ones'. The flavour of the Nilgiri tea is the result of the higher elevation
at which they are grown. Places like Ooty
Coonoor and Kotagiri of Nilgiri region are not only famous for their
flavoured Teas, but also these beautiful hill stations offer a very pleasant
getaway destinations for vacationers.
Tourists Activities :
Tourists can take a walk through the tea gardens enjoying the breathtaking
views of the Nilgiri hills in all its natural glory. These magnificent tea
gardens are the popular picnic spot. It is where you can learn about the tea
picking and processing.
Visit to the Nilgiri Tea Auction Center :
You can make a
visit to Coonoor, the tea center of the Nilgiris auction centers. At coonoor
more than one million pounds of tea is sold in on one week, which amount to
double in the rainy season. While at this place you can enjoy also enjoy
trekking and hiking at this place.
Nilgiri gives you the opportunity to shop for the exclusive home made
chocolates, fruits, Nilgiri tea, natural oils like the Eucalyptus oil and
many more items. For more curious tourists there is also the facility of
home stay with the local villagers, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy
the to learn about their lifestyle and know how do these people earn their
Tea and Tourism Festival :
One of the famous attraction of the Nilgiri Hills is the 'Tea and Tourism
Festival' organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu and
Government of India during the months of January to February every year. The
festival continues for three days. It gives you the opportunity to explore
the various varieties and taste of teas available there. The festival gives
you the opportunity to enjoy the elegant Nilgiri Kotha Dance and Badaga
dance performed by the local artists.