Wednesday 2 November 2016

Kerala to launch ‘tea museum’ next month

The country’s first “tea museum” was inaugurated at Munnar in the high ranges of Kerala’s Idukki district. The museum gives a glimpse of the tea plantation and its growth over 100 years in this once verdant hilly district of Kerala. The Acting MD of Tata Tea P Signaporia formally inaugurated the museum. The curios and memorabilia kept in the museum included the original tea roller to the present fully automated tea
processing factory at Madupatty; a sundial in granite made in 1913 by Art Ind School at Nazarath, Tamil Nadu; Rotovane, the old time CTC tea processing machine;  a pelton wheel used in the power generation plant existed in Kanniamally estate 1920;
wheel of a rail steam engine of Kundale Valley light railway that conveyed men and materials between Munnar and top station during the early part of last century;
an EPABX of telephone system dated 1909.
A visitor gets a kaleidoscopic view of the tea processing from testing to grading and packing of the varied categories of tea.
A tea testing section adds attraction to the museum.


Kerala is an Indian state in South India on the Malabar coast.It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganisation Act by combining Malayalam-speaking regions.
Its capital being Thiruvananthapuram.
The state is wedged between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats.
Kerala’s 44 rivers include the
Periyar , Bharathapuzha,
Pamba, Chaliyar,
Kadalundipuzha, Chalakudipuzha,
Valapattanam and the Achankovil River.

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