Around 2 km from Munnar, the KDHP Museum, popularly known as Tata Tea Museum, is located in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea. This museum is known for housing an assortment of old objects, out of which the most popular is the burial urn that was excavated from the area of Periakanal Estate. This urn can be dated back to the 2nd century AD.
The museum is known to display the story of Munnar that how it was transformed from an unoccupied piece of land to an expansive plantation town. Photographs and old machines that were used in tea processing can be seen on display. Such objects are also on display that show the endeavors of planters who dreamt of turning this wilderness into a tea plantation with very little resources and negligible equipment.
The museum also has a tea tasting unit serving several flavors and varieties of tea. Another interesting exhibit is Rotorvane, an old tea roller that was used in the CTC type tea processing. The advancement that came in the manufacturing and processing of tea can be clearly seen here. Visitors can also see the ‘Pelton Wheel’, used in the 1920’s at a power generation plant at Kanniamallay Estate. Infrastructure development at this tea producing center in the country can clearly be noticed.
Tata Tea Musum also has a huge sundial that was made in 1913. Made at the Art Industrial School, Nazareth in Tamil Nadu, it lies on a granite block. Another separate section has vintage furniture brought here from colonial bungalows. Magneto phone, wooden chairs, decorative objects, tables, a wooden bath tub, typewriters, iron ovens, an EPABX and manual calculators are on display here.
You can also see a documentary of half an hour that explains the historical journey of Munnar.
Entry fee: INR 75 per person (adults)
INR 35 per person (children)
Camera charges: INR 20 per still camera
Tea Tasting Charges: INR 100
Timings: 1000 hours to 1600 hours (Closed on Monday)
Duration of Visit: 2-3 hours (approx.)
Best Months: September to May