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THE TEA : TEA is an every house hold beverage of our country. It is a Refresher and Stimulant from Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia . The health effects of this shrub, Camellia Sinensis, have been subjected to many researches ever since its introduction about 4500 years ago in China. This herb was used to treat many diseases too.

Nilgiris District, is one of the important tea producing Districts in India. Commercial TEA Production started from 1853 in in Nilgiri District. ‘NILGIRI TEA’ finds a brand recognition in Indian as well in the markets of Neighbouring countries too.

South Indian TEA has gained recognition in far and wide boundaries of the world. India is second only to China in TEA production. Nilgiris, Anamalais, other High Ranges of Tamil Nadu; Peermedu, Vandiperiyar and Waynad regions of Kerala; and Chicmagalur, Coorg and Hassan in Karnataka are some major Tea Growing regions of South India.

Tea and Tourism : Are inseparable twins of Nilgiris District. With the initiatives of the Tourism Department, Government of Tamil Nadu along with Ministry of Tourism , Government of India, the  Tea and Tourism Festival is being held annually. The tourism department arranges: Cultural Programs, visits to Tea Estates and Factories, other entertainment events to add colour to this annual Festival. Tea lovers around the globe converge in Nilgiris during the festival period. Certainly, this is an occasion that should not be missed.

Mountain Train:  Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908. Mountain Train is another show case of Heritage, connecting Udhagamndalam and Mettupalayam . The Journey is most Picturesque train ride that mesmerizes all age group of travelers. This train covers a distance of 26 km, travels through 208 serpentine curves, 16 tunnels, 250 bridges, waterfall hood, cliff edges and Tea estates. The uphill journey takes almost 4 hours. In the year 2005, UNESCO declared the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Vintage Steam Locomotive is still relished as an exotic attraction to this train.

Tourist Office

Address Phone No
Tourist Information Centre,
Hotelier's Association,
Charing Cross, Udhagamandalam - 643 001.
Tel: (0423) 2443837
The Tourist Officer,
Tourist office, Govt., of Tamil Nadu,
Wenlock Road, Udhagamandalam- 643 001.
Tel: (0423) 2443977,
Fax: (0423) 2444369.
 

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