Since the area in and around Meenmutty Resorts is rife with tea plantations, I was keen to visit a local tea factory. The resort people organised a jeep for us to take us to Harrisons Malayalam Limited that was about 20 km away.
|Drying the leaves; there are fans underneath
|They keep strict track of temperature
|Sorting into different grades
|Tea leaves browned @ 120 degrees F
|The machine trips off the second the heat goes up by even half a degree
|The kiln runs 24/7 - water distilled and converted to steam using wood-fire and...
|...and this mixture of wastepaper pulp & groundnut oil cake
|The tea is ready for cooling and packing
|Orange Pekoe "orthodox" tea
|Employee Udaya Kumar (with Venkat) explained the whole process
|Viggy admits that he didn't regret the trip to the tea factory ;)