Despite producing more tea than any other country in the world, more than 70% of the tea India produces is consumed there. Many well-known teas, including Assam and Darjeeling, only grow in India. The Indian tea industry has developed into one of the most technologically advanced tea industries in the world, and it now owns numerous international tea brands. The Tea Board of India oversees tea production, certification, exports, and every other aspect of the country’s tea industry.
- Assam: Assam is the largest tea-producing state in India and is famous for its strong and malty black teas.
- West Bengal: West Bengal is another significant tea-producing state, with the Darjeeling and Dooars regions being well-known for their premium and high-quality teas.
- Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu is a major tea-producing state in southern India and is known for producing a variety of teas, including Nilgiri tea.
- Kerala: Kerala also contributes to India’s tea production, especially in the regions of Munnar and Wayanad.
- Tripura: Tripura is a smaller tea-producing state in the northeastern part of India.
- Himachal Pradesh: Himachal Pradesh is known for producing high-quality teas in regions like Kangra.
- Uttarakhand: Uttarakhand is also involved in tea cultivation, particularly in the regions around Dehradun and Haridwar.
The Indian government has paid close attention to the tea business because it is a significant source of employment. The government has been understanding of the industry’s and its growers’ demands when export sales have decreased. It has also actively lobbied with international organisations like the WTO and issued resolutions in support of the sector domestically.