I’m pretty sure there are no statistics available on the topic, but I’d be willing to bet that tea tourism doesn’t quite stack up against other types of specialty tourism – at least not yet. To quote one of the authors of a recent article on tea tourism in India, as mentioned below, “It’s not a particularly well-organized pocket of the industry, but more tea estates, also called gardens, are opening their properties to guests interested not only in their product and how it comes to be, but in the unique world of tea planters, the ‘burra sahibs,’ and their domain.”
For some previous articles on the topic at this site take a look at our Esteemed Editor’s take on being a tea tourist in some places you wouldn’t normally associate with this sort of thing and my overview on the topic, which looked at some options in Taiwan, India, and Sri Lanka. While you can also do the tea tourist thing in such places as China and Korea, and probably others as well, it seems that India and Sri Lanka are generating a lot of the press in this area nowadays, including two recent articles.
Here’s a piece from the Indian press which takes a look at tea tourism on the neighboring island of Sri Lanka, which is renowned for its Ceylon tea and also for being the place where Sir Thomas Lipton built his tea empire, among other things. On the Trekurious Tea Tour, the reporter visits one of the Lipton estates and makes various other stops along this particular tea trail.
From the travel section of London’s Telegraph, here’s an article that chronicles a visit to one of the most famous tea regions of them all – Darjeeling. As they would have us believe, “there is more to the region than its leaves.” For even more of this sort of thing, be sure to check out this Associated Press report that chronicles “a two-week journey through the world’s finest tea-growing areas: India’s Assam and Darjeeling.”
If you’re not willing to travel halfway around the world for this sort of thing, don’t forget about our homegrown Charleston Tea Plantation, a fully functional tea garden that’s open the public and just happens to be located in South Carolina.
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