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The Plantation
The Windermere estate includes 55 acres of undulating rises and dips covered with cardamom & coffee, located on the slopes of the Western Ghats. At an elevation of +1600 msl with ever green forest, an annual rainfall of more than 200 cms make it conducive to extensive types of cultivation.
Cardamom, the Queen of Spices known for its aroma and flavouring property, ranked third after saffron and vanilla in value, is mostly grown in Kerala. A mature cardamom plant is about 3 to 4m high with shallow roots and ovate leaves. Flowers are born on pinnacles which emerge from the swollen base of the plant.
On the pinnacle are the flowers, they then bear the fruit (capsule) with seeds. Its these capsules which are of commercial value. Given that the plants require a lot of attention, the plantation is always engaged at work.
  India is probably the only region with most coffee plantation growing under the shades of tall trees. The coffee trees are pruned to a convenient height for plucking berries.
Although covering less than 20% of our plantation, it still gets its due importance and attention. Its the bean (seed) within the red coffee berries which later on gets processed to be the most popular beverage – Coffee
There is no mention of Munnar,
without reference to Tea plantation
which covers over 30,000 hectares and is mostly held by few companies and the prominent names among them are Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Limited, Harrisons Malayalam, Talayar and Kolugumalai Plantations. Most types of tea available in the market green, black and the exotic type like the white tea are all made from the same plant, although selectively picked and processed. All of this is processed at Munnar as well.
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We respect Munnar
We respect everything that
we borrow from nature and
try our best to return the
favour. For instance, we
use energy efficient lighting
all over the estate. A bio-gas
plant provides us all the
fuel we need for cooking.
And water used around
our premises is recycled and
used in our gardens. As of
now, we are also experimenting resolutely through many trials
and errors to set up a
vermi-compost unit in our estate,
which should enable us to pursue organic farming—hopefully
sometime soon.

The bags and notepads used at Windermere are of recycled paper
made by children suffering from
disabilities at the nearby Shrishti Welfare Centre run by Tata Tea.

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