Kolukkumalai is around 38km from Munnar and is situated across the Kerala border in Tamil Nadu. Perched at 8,100ft above sea level, the tea estate of Kolukkumalai is known to be the highest tea plantation in the world.
Kolukkumalai got a lovely view of sunrise and it is simply awesome with its superb view of Kolukkumalai tea estate. There are also trekking programmes and stay option available inside the estate.
Back to the history, the Kolukkumalai tea estate was set up by Britishers in the 1930s during colonial era. The tea factory still uses the original equipment, and processes its tea the old-fashioned way. Visitors are allowed at the factory and can pick and process their own cup of tea in the “Make Your Tea” programme.
How to reach Kolukkumalai:
The nearest town towards Kolukkumalai is Suryanelli. Suryanelli is a small town and is about 25km from Munnar. The drive from Munnar to Suryanelli is sceenic and it will take approx 45mins – 1hr to reach Suryanelli.
From Suryanelli the off-road starts and you need hire a Jeep from there, which will cost you arround Rs.1800 (I personally dont think there is a fixed rate here. You can sometimes get this for a lesser amount or sometimess it can cost you more. Always ask for some discount, if you wish to. And also you may see gangs of 2-3 people who are looking for sharing the jeep ride, dont forget to form a group with them(if you wish to) before hiring the jeep to take advantage of the ride cost.)
Kolukumalai is about 12 kilometer away from Suryanelli and the Jeep will take more than one hour to reach there. The off-road passes through the gorgeous Kolukkumalai tea estate. The ride is tough but a great experience and its advisable not to have food before you take the ride as this ride sometimes can make you belly feel bad.
Staying at Kolukkumalai/Kolukkumalai Stay:
The only available option for stay in Kolukkumalai is the Kolukkumalai Mountain Hut Bose Classic Inn & Kolukkumalai Camping (package details are down below). Kolukkumalai Mountain Hut Bose Classic Inn is a decent 3 bedroom guest house which was before tea factory worker’s house. It is situated at one of the best view point inside the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. Kolukkumalai Mountain Hut Bose Classic Inn is only available on prior booking and the other view points are only walkable distance from here.
Kolukkumalai Stay Package Details:
1. Boss Classic Inn Kolukkumalai Mountain Hut:
Boss Classic Inn Kolukkumalai Mountain Hut costs Rs.7500/- on Double Occupancy per day. (Extra person- Rs.2500/- per day.)
The package includes:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner + Receive a pack of Kolukkumalai Premium Tea as a gift(250 grams). Tea Factory visit & Make your own Tea programme for more than one day stay booked guests, Trekking/Hiking & Sunrise Visit.
Kolukkumalai Trekking/ Hiking Options:
Top station View Point – Fitness level Required: 1/5
Kolukkumalai Spring Water Source – Fitness level required: 3/5
Garudamalai Trekking – Fitness level required: 4/5
Arahara Mountain Climb – Fitness level required: 5/5
Kurangani Trekking – Fitness level required: 5/5
2. Kolukkumalai Camping:
Kolukkumalai Camping cost Rs.1600 per person per day.
The package includes:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Factory visit, Make your own tea program for more than 1 day camp bookes guests & Trekking/Hiking.
Discount for group booking of Camping Package:
1. If a group of 20 persons or more camping at a day Rs.100 per person can be levied as discount.
2. If a group of 50 persons or more camping at a day Rs.200 per person can be levied as discount.
Terms & Conditions of the above packages:
*All activities subject to climatic conditions.
*Jeep transfer from Suryanelli to Kolukkumalai or return from Kolukkumalai to Suryanelli is not included in the packages.
The above packages are taken care by “kolukkumalai.com” which is the official portal for booking the stay packages inside Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. You can use the below details to contact them:
Kolukkumalai Place Details:
Name: Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Other Names: N/A
Location: Theni, Tamil Nadu
Known for: Sun Rise View Point, Hill Station, Worlds highest grown Orthodox Tea, Trekking
TAGGED UNDER kolukkumalai, kolukkumalai jeep safari, kolukkumalai tea estate,kolukkumalai mountain hut