There are a variety of museums relating to a wide spectrum of topics right from history, geography, folk art, folk dolls, dance, drama, music, literature, automobiles and what not.
But this museum should surely take the cake for it is one of its kind in
and certainly a rarity even in this age. This is the India in Kerala and it is located in a tea estate in Munnar, which is one of the most beautiful spots in God’s own country as Kerala is called. Tea Museum
The museum was started by Tata Tea, which is one of the most recognized brands in
. Since the Tata group was one of the pioneers of tea cultivation in Munnar, it thought it fit to start a museum in its estate in Munnar. India
It is called the
and it is a connoisseur’s delight as it can give you a history of tea and the phases of development that it underwent over the last few decades. Tata Tea Museum
The museum is in the Nallathanni Estate and it chronociles the beginning of tea plantation, the equipments used then and the brands of tea that have emerged from the estate.
The highlight of the museum should be a rare sundial which is placed on a granite bock. This beautiful device was crafted in 1913 by the
Art Industrial School at , Tamil Nadu. Nazareth
Another exhibit which attracts attention is a original tea roller called the Rotorvane. The device was manufactured in 1905 and was used for CTC type tea processing.
CTC means “Crush, Tear, and Curl” and also “Cut, Twist and Curl” and it is a method of processing black tea. In this process, the tea leaves are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of small sharp “teeth” that crush, tear, and curl the tea.
Apart from this CTC, there is a “Pelton Wheel” widely used in power generation plant that existed in Kanniamallay estate in the 1920s. The Kanniamallay estate was part of a series of estates in Munnar that Tatas named as Kannan Devan tea estates
Another exhibit that will captivate visitors is the rail engine of the Kundale Valley Light Railway, which carried men and material between Munnar and Top Station during 1900s.
There are a few exhibits that do not relate to tea but were found in the Tea estates such as a burial urn dating back from the second century BC. The urn was discovered near Periakanal estate.
The museum also has a section exhibiting classic bungalow furniture, typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and even an EPABX or telephone exchange of the 1909 telephone system.
The best place in the museum is the demonstration room for tea tasting. It is here that we come across varieties of tea. Visitors are also made aware of various stages of processing tea and even preparing black tea.
The museum is open on all days of the week and there is a en entrance fee.
Munnar is a hill station in Idukki district in Kerala. It is situated at the confluence of three rivers-Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Munnar is part of the
Annamalai Ranges, with south 's highest peak Anamudi. Munnar easily accessible by road. The nearest airports are Nedumbassery in India Kochi, Kovai in Coimbatore and . It is hardly four hours by road from these places. The nearest railway stations are Alwaye, Ernakulam, Madurai Madurai and . Coimbatore
Another tea museum is at Dodabetta in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. It was opened in 2005 and covers an area of once acre.
The museum has three sections:Origin of World tea, Tea history in
and finally Evolution of Tea in the Nilgiris. You can also check out facts on how tea as a beverage is made and how it is traded. India
However, the credit for the tea museum at the highest point in
India is at Darjeeling, West Bengal. This is described as India’s first working tea museum and it is located at a height of 6,800 feet at the foothills of Himalayas.
The museum is at the Happy Valley Tea Estate in the fringes of
town on Wednesday. Darjeeling is also planning on a tea museum at its capital of Gawhati. Assam