Category: Nilgiri (நீலகிரி)
Nilgiri is the Indian growing region that includes Tamil Nadu, the southern portion of the Western Ghats, and parts of Kerala state. Like Darjeeling, most production is small holder farms, with only about 30% from plantations. Nilgiri makes up more than half of all South Indian production, 50% of which is exported. Although most Nilgiri tea is CTC, their orthodox loose leaf has begun to attract attention, including Western retailers. Nilgiri is known for its highly aromatic dark teas.