Tea Museum Munnar
The tea museum and factory conceived and managed by Tata Tea are both situated on an edge of Munnar town. A tour of the museum provides visitors a close up view of tea-making processes in the area, right from its nascent origins in the 18th century to the present.
Sepia-tinted photographs of pioneers in the plantations, machinery new and old, office equipment – a quaint tea roller from1905, an early ‘Pelton Wheel’ that helped produce power at the power plant, a rail engine wheel from the Kundale Valley Light Railway that once shuttled men and material between Munnar and Top Station.
Another section in the museum houses colonial era bungalow furniture – a wooden bathtub, a magneto phone, an iron oven and office mainstays like typewriters, manual calculators and an EPABX from 1909.
Visitors may sample a variety of blends in the factory’s demonstration room. A 30-minute video presentation every hour explains the history of Munnar, its plantations and the social development initiatives put in place for the company’s workers.