No trip to Cameron Highlands is complete without a trip to the tea plantations. This is one of the main attraction that’s got to be in your “must see” list. You can visit the factories to learn about the tea making process and you can also sit down and enjoy a cup of tea at the cafe. The view overlooking the plantations is beautiful and perfect for the picture album.
Boh Tea Plantations
BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd is the leading tea grower in Malaysia with four tea gardens – Boh, Sungei Palas and Fairlie situated in Cameron Highlands; and Bukit Cheeding in Selangor – constituting a total land area of 1200 hectares. With a production capacity approaching 3000kgs per hectare, the Company produces 4 million kgs of tea annually which translates to about 5.5 million cups per day. This represents about 70% of all tea produced in Malaysia.
- Boh Tea Plantation
- The Story of Boh Tea
Sungai Palas Tea Estate
This is another tea plantation owned by Boh and it is located further up north from the mail plantation. A definite must on the list of things to do in Cameron Highlands is a visit to the new Sungei Palas Tea Centre. Recently opened by BOH Plantations at the Sungei Palas tea garden, it is just above Brinchang, in the very heart of the Cameron Highlands tea country.
Located on a hilltop, amidst rows of tea bushes and close to Gunung Brinchang, it offers the best possible introduction to Malaysian teas in a truly spectacular setting.
- Sungai Palas Visitor Centre
Cameron Valley Tea Plantation (Bharat Tea Plantation)
Tourists heading towards Tanah Rata from the old Tapah-Cameron Highlands road will not miss the beautiful Bharat Tea Plantation which covers a whole range of undulating hill slopes. Located only 5km before Tanah Rata, Bharat which was established in 1933 is the second largest tea producer in Cameron Highlands. This tea growing company also has a tea estate in Tringkap town further down along the main Cameron Highlands road where its signature brand ‘Cameron Valley’ tea is produced.
However, its primary Bharat tea estate is the one most visited by tourists as its located just along the main road near Tanah Rata. This particular plantation has two tea houses situated several hundred metres apart, both serving good fresh tea, a variety of cakes, scones and strawberry jam, as well as English biscuits.
Both tea houses sell souvenirs too and receive a good number of visitors during weekends and holidays. But the older one that first greets tourists from the lowland is where one can take a path that leads down the tea estate for visitors to explore the tea plantation. The second tea house, however, has a much larger car park to cater for tourist arriving by cars during the peak season and both centers offer impressive views of the valley.
Bharat Tea is open daily; from 9am to as late as 6pm on busy days.