Glenlorna Tea Plantations
Adventure / Trekking | Nature
At a distance of 1 km from Barapole River Rafting Point, 20 km from Gonikoppal, 21 km from Kutta and 76 km from Madikeri, Glenlorna is a tea estate situated near Hudikeri town in Coorg district of Karnataka. Owned by Tata Plantations, this is the only tea estate in the center of the coffee-dominated Coorg and among the must-visit places for nature lovers while holidaying in this region of Karnataka.
Tucked away in the hills, the Glenlorna Tea Plantation Estate lies at an impressive elevation of 808 m, surrounded by the famed fauna and flora of the Western Ghats. Apparently, tea was grown here since 1914 and like many other estates, this was a part of the British legacy too. Spread over an area of about 1200 acres, Glenlorna is well- renowned for its impressive tea production averaging to roughly around 3,845 kilograms of tea per hectare, post-harvest. There is a tea processing factory here and is the only tea estate with a processing unit in the Coorg district.
The Glenlorna estate gets an abundance of rainfall and is not only famous for its tea, but also pepper crops and areca nuts. The area surrounding the estate is home to wild boars, hares and an array of birds, considered to be one of the most ecologically sustained zones. Providing sweeping views of the tea gardens and the hills in the distance, the Glenlorna Tea Plantation has an old British edifice that is charming and cozy and surrounded by boundless serenity. This old villa was named after Glen & Lorna, the children of a British planter, its original inhabitants. With slanting roofs, an arched portico, red-tiles on the floor and antique wooden beds, the bungalow have been standing strong with time ever since 1914. The five bright and airy Luxury Rooms are outfitted with all the creature comforts with suite bathrooms. The bungalow has a common dining hall and living room (with Cable TV). Authentic Coorg cuisine is the specialty here.
Plantation tours, romantic walks around the tea estate and beautiful drives through the scenic surroundings, among others, will keep you entertained here. The undulating landscape of the estate is crisscrossed by many springs like Bamboo Falls, etc. They also have treks that are especially great if you're interested in bird-watching.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM