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India is undoubtedly the world's largest tea producer, India has always produced the world's finest teas, as also the largest variety, in any form.
  • The East and North-east -Assam valley and Cachar region in Assam; parts of the states of Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Orissa; and Darjeeling, Dooars, Terai regions of West Bengal.
  • The South- The hilly regions and plains (Annamalais) of Tamil Nadu, parts of the states of Kerela and Karnataka.

However, teas from India are best known in terms of flavour, taste and colour. The three world famous types of Indian teas are Assam,Darjeeling and Nilgiris.

 Indian Tea Statistics

Production (1999): 805,600MT(-7.4% of 1998)

Share in world production (1998): 29.4%

Area under Tea(1998):436,344 hectare

Green tea production: 8,616 MT

Export (1998): 236402 MT

Share in total world export (1998): 18.7%

n the far North-East of India lies the world’s largest single geographically distinct tea growing area. The land of the one-horned rhino, Assam is a bountiful state with rich, dense forests and wildlife. Yielding rich, full-bodied and bright liquor, the tea grown here is referred to as Assam. Assam produces about 425 MKgs. annually, more than any other country (except China ) individually .


Home of the finest of the world-s best teas- Darjeeling, in the foothills of the snow-covered Himalayan range, has a cool and moist climate where teas gardens are found at altitudes ranging from 600 to 2,000 metres! Known popularly as the -Champagne of Teas-, the Darjeeling variety (of the unique -Muscatel- flavour and exquisite bouquet) gives the world-s most exclusive tea, fetching the most envied premium prices in world markets.

nown as the ‘Blue Mountains’, the Nilgiri range is in South India. Elevations from 1,000 metres to 2,500 metres and adequate rainfall give a fine flavour and brisk liquor to the Nilgiri variety.