A Visit to Connemara Tea Factory, Vandiperiyar, Kerala

Connemara Tea Factory is one of the top and oldest tea factories in Kerala. It is located in Vandiperiyar, about 15 Km away from Thekkady. Connemara tea estate is a most popular destination in this area. Mostly visited by British, French & Russians. North Indians also love to visit the factory.

Like the majority of other South Indians, I do even drink a lot of Tea. Sometimes I drink more than 5 cups of tea a day. I normally don’t use sugar while having tea. I still remember those school days which my high school teacher used to say that if you want to enjoy the tea, you should have it without adding sugar in it.

Visiting a Tea Factory and understand the process of making tea leaves was one of my long term wishes. So, finally, I made it during my last Thekkady & Munnar trip with some of my friends. Kerala has a massive production of Tea. Especially in Wayanad, Munnar, and Thekkady area. Connemara Tea Estate near Thekkady is the best place to learn more about tea and making of tea.

Connemara Tea Factory was built in the year 1940 and one of the oldest one in Kerala. The tea factory offers a one hour guided tea garden cum factory visit program for tourist. It is an educative, informative and entertainment program. The timing of the visit is from 9 Am to 4 Pm every day except Sundays and other public holidays. There is an entrance fee of Rs. 150/person.

The program starts with an Audio Visual Presentation which is having everything you need to know about Tea. After that, you will be taken to visit the Tea Factory. The process of Tea making starts from Withering, Crushing, tearing & Curling, Fermentation, Drying, Cleaning, Grading etc. And they do even teach you how to make a good tea and how to enjoy the real taste of tea at the end.

Photography & Video is strictly prohibited inside Connemara Tea Factory. But the manager has given me special permission when he understood the importance of Travel Blogging. English speaking guide is available in Connemara Tea Factory and they are happy to explain and answer the guests.

They have an outlet at the entrance where you can buy premium quality tea packets which are fresh and pure.

Connemara Tea Factory will remain closed on all Sundays and holidays like Pongal, Republic Day, Sivarathri, Good Friday, Vishu, May Day, Independence Day, First Ona, Thiruvonam, Ramzan, Gandhi Jayanthi, Deepavali, and Christmas.

Connemara Tea Factory Building
Connemara Tea Factory Building

Contact Information

Connemara Tea Factory
Tropical Plantations Ltd
Vandiperiyar, Idukki District,
Kerala, India
Phone: 04869 252233, 9447023298, 9526244022
Email: connemaratea@gmail.com

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Photos Taken During our Visit

Ticket Counter & Tea Sales Outlet
Ticket Counter & Tea Sales Outlet
The most common scene in Kerala
Entrance to the first stage of Tea Processing
Withering Process
Withering Process
Crushing the tea leaves
Tearing & Curling