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HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
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South India: Gallery 33
PERIYAR CONNEMARA
TEA GARDENS & FACTORY
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CONTENTS
PHOTO GALLERIES and TRAVEL NOTES
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We started off early on the Thekkady-Allepey Road (The Tea Trail) that we had taken yesterday to the Spice Garden. Again we marveled at the many tea plantations with their countless hillside rows and the sight of the tea pickers with their straw baskets on their backs. 

Commercial production of tea in India began after the conquest of large areas of Indian land by the British East India Company.The widespread popularity of tea as a recreational drink began in earnest in the 1920s, after a successful advertising campaign by the Tea Board and several mass promotion drives by the Government. Today, India is one of the largest tea producers in the world, although over 70 per cent of its tea is consumed within India itself. 

 The factory complex, surrounded by beautiful tea gardens, was designed and built by an Irishman in 1941.

After wandering past the tea gardens on the road up to the factory, our formal tour began with the local guide's informative Powerpoint presentation on the plants tea production. He had studied in Bristol, England so his English was very good as he explained the growing and harvesting process. We then started our tour in the factory. Unfortunately no photos were allowed -- industrial espionage, you know :) 

Making our way through the large machines we observed the various processing steps: withering, crushing, fermentation, oxidation, heating, drying, cleaning, grading the leaves . . . The machinery was really loud, and everything smelled like freshly mown grass.

After exiting the din of the factory, while waiting for the group to gather, Sue-On showed one of the girls some Qi-Gong exercises. This was in a scenic spot under a giant tree overlooking the valley below. We then rushed over to a booth where we were treated to a cup of tea. 

On our way down to the bus, Sue-On realized that her glasses were missing. They had been hooked onto her top when she had started her Qi-Gong workout. Frantically, she and Sanjay retraced her steps. As they approached the tree where she had been doing the demo, her glasses "beckoned" her -- reflecting the sunlight from where they lay upon the ground. Whew! They were too expensive to leave behind.


EARLY MORNING DEPARTURE FROM THEKKADY

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ON TO THE TEA TRAIL
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TEA PLANTATIONS COVER THE HILLSIDE SLOPES

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ENTERING THE PERIYAR CONNEMARA ESTATE

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ROAD TO THE FACTORY

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SYMBOL OF THE COMMUNIST PART OF INDIA
Near the Entrance of the Factory
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TO THE FACTORY BRIEFING ROOM
A Powerpoint Presentation

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ENTERING THE FACTORY
Sans Cameras
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FACTORY EXIT

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SUE-ON RETURNS TO THE LOOKOUT TREE
To look for her lost eye-glasses

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SUCCESS . . . SUE-ON HUGS THE TREE IN GRATITUDE

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A TEA BREAK
Before we hit the road
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GALLERY 33
HIGHLAND TEA GARDENS & FACTORY

1. Tea Factory & Gardens :: 2. Highland Road :: Outtooks


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