Tea Museum - Munnar
Located in the 100-year-old Nallathanni Estate, the Tata Tea Museum is the country's lone tea museum. Besides tea tasting, you can learn about the spurt of tea estates across Munnar, their growth and sustenance. See the procedures involved in tea processing, production of black tea and packaging of tea. Photographs – old and new – show the way of life in the estates and the factories.
Check out the fully automated modern tea factory as well as the original 1905-made tea roller, the 'Rotorvane'. You can also see displayed the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant that existed in the Kanniamallay estate in the 1920s, a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway that was functional in the first half of the last century. At the entrance you will see a sundial on a granite block – it was desinged in 1913 by the Art Industrial School at Nazareth in Tamil Nadu.
If you're interested in antiquities, then you'll be interested to see items such as the second century burial urn found near Periakanal estate, old typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and lots of bungalow furniture. Another captivating sight is the EPABX used in 1909.
The Tea Museum is managed by the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., all days of the week.