Munnar is the commercial place for world's biggest tea players. It has more than 30 registered tea and coffee gardens. These luxurious spots give a pleasant feeling of green carpet or velvety gardens over the hilly mountains. The gardens are surrounded by mountains and are famous for world class tea, coffee and cardamom farming. These mountains, rich in greenery and scenic beauty, are very popular with trekkers.
Munnar, as several other cities of Kerala, have different clubs and social communities associated with tea/coffee gardens. You can observe different kinds of tea and their different flavours in these gardens. The Fragrance of tea and coffee in the air keeps the environment refreshing. Tea plantation was started on the Nilgiris in 1832 on an experimental basis. Later in 1878, the British started cultivating tea on Kanan Devan Hills in Munnar. These aromatic gardens of tea plantations cover around 24,000 hectares of land in Munnar, Peermade and Devikulam. The annual yield of tea is 50,000 metric tons (approx) in this region.