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 on your “must see” list. The plantations have got scenic views of the mountains for you to enjoy. 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 café.
There are four main tea plantations in Cameron Highlands
Boh Tea Plantations (Main Plantation)
BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd is the leading tea grower in Malaysia which has 2 plantations in the highlands - the Main Boh Plantation and the Boh Sungei Palas Plantation. 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. The main Boh Tea Plantation is situated in the south between Ringlet and Tanah Rata. This plantation is less crowded but it hasa good view of the terraces.
Boh Sungai Palas Tea Plantation
This is another tea plantation owned by Boh and it is located further up north from the mail plantation. The tea centre is popular among tourists and this plantation can get crowded during the holiday seasons.
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.
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.
Tea Plantation Opening Times
The Cameron Valley Tea House will be open although the factory will be closed