Lush tea gardens spread across vast stretches of undulating hills have always lured travellers with their beauty. Whether you look at a picture or you drive past one of these tea gardens, you will always feel an urge to spend some quality time amidst the greens. Living in the middle of a tea estate can offer the perfect environment to get rid of the daily stress and relax in company of some fine quality tea.
Here are five amazing tea plantation hotels that you must check out at least once in your lifetime:
Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka
This resort sits quietly in the middle of a thriving rainforest that is spread across the mountains of Coorg. Along with the tea plantations, there are coffee and cardamom plantations that surround Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, making it an even more exciting place to stay at. Spread across 180 acres of greenery, this eco-friendly resort is made of sustainable and recycled materials.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling, West Bengal
Located in India’s home of tea plantations, Darjeeling, the Glenburn Tea Estate can be easily called a heritage tea plantation hotel. Formed in 1859 by a Scottish tea company, the tea estate has years of history behind it. The boutique hotels offers accommodation in cosy colonial-style bungalows in the middle of a tea plantation. This place is perfect for a laidback holiday, wherein you can simply sit back and have cups of the aromatic Darjeeling tea and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks from your balcony.
Wild Mahseer, Balipara, Assam
If West Bengal’s tea gardens are beautiful, the ones in Assams are no less. Located at a distance of just 25km from Tezpur, Wild Mahseer’s is a boutique resort, which was originally built by British planters in the 19th century. There’s a three-bedroom heritage bungalow along with three other smaller bungalows, offering its guests with the kind of living experience that any tea lover can dream of. You can also go for activities like rafting and dolphin-watching, as the mighty Brahmaputra river flows past the place.
Sinna Dorai’s Bungalow, Valparai, Tamil Nadu
With its roots dating back to the colonial era when the British first started cultivating tea in the area, Sinna Dorai’s Bungalow is hidden within the depths of the thick foliage of the Anaimalai Hills. The bungalow was originally owned by British planter G A Carver Marsh, and offers accommodation in rooms that are mostly the same since the time they were built. The area is also great for wildlife enthusiasts and bird lovers.
Briar Munnar Tea Bungalow, Munnar, Kerala
This one offers colonial-style plush accommodations in a structure that is a part of a 2,500-acre property owned by the Woodbriar Group. The place provides the unique opportunity of plucking and preparing your own tea leaves, making it a complete experience of living in a tea plantation. You can also enjoy some interesting wildlife sightings, courtesy the Eravikulam National Park, which is located close to the property.