India is one of the largest tea-producing countries in the world, and tea is grown in several states across the country. The five most significant tea-producing states in India are:
Assam is the largest tea-producing state in India and is famous for its robust and malty black teas. It is located in the northeastern part of India.
West Bengal is another major tea-producing state. Darjeeling, in the northern part of West Bengal, is known for its distinctive and high-quality Darjeeling tea, while other regions like the Dooars and Terai produce a variety of teas, including CTC (crush, tear, curl) and orthodox teas.
Tamil Nadu, located in the southern part of India, is known for producing Nilgiri tea. Nilgiri tea is characterized by its bright, brisk, and fragrant qualities.
Kerala, in the southwestern part of India, also produces tea, mainly in the Munnar region. This state is renowned for its high-quality specialty teas.
Himachal Pradesh, located in the northern part of India, has started to gain recognition for its tea production, particularly in regions like Kangra.
Tea is also grown in other south and northern states of India such as Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Karnataka and Mizoram.