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A morning in the tea fields

Having a rapport with the plantation helps create this feeling of exclusivity…

By Sebinster Francis
Tour Guide

The day starts with a lovely walk made even lovelier by idyllic temperatures perhaps spotting elephants, birds and small deer along the way. You may hear people saying that Munnar is cold but that’s by Indian standards only. It’s the perfect British summer climate ranging from 18-28 degrees celsius! We traverse the tea plantations for first-hand experience of harvesting, speaking to the local tea pickers who often offer insight into the art of leaf picking. Having a rapport with the plantation helps create an exclusive element away from other tourists.

There are eight guides on my team and we don’t even know each other’s favourite hiking trails. After Covid, people tried to avoid other people, but we’ve been doing it for the last 10 years! Aside from when we of course interact with the local culture which is the best bit.

Then it’s onto the tea museum to learn how tea is made followed by a tasting in our dedicated cafe. This is no ordinary tasting but more of a ceremonial introduction into the nuances of tea – what makes the perfect cup and as well a not so delicious brew. Key factors are water, the brand, the brewing time etc. Maybe you didn’t know you were doing it wrong! Most people don’t even recognise that black, white and green tea come from the same plant – all of which you’ll be tasting of course. That’s all I’m telling you for now. After all, we need to save some of our secrets for when you come to visit.


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Alfred & Sebinster Francis

Based in Munnar, Kerala, Sebinster is a naturalist and tour guide in India. Sebinster enjoys sharing the cultural aspects of India with his guests. His main passion is photography and he is a successful wildlife and landscape photographer, who is featured in books written by Kerala Tourism and also on Nat Geo’s social media platforms, to name a few of his collaborations.  
Sebinster Francis, Photographic Tour Guide

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