Tea Gardens

Surma Valley Tea Gardens:

The area around Sylhet is a traditional tea growing area. The picturesque Surma Valley is covered with terraces of tea gardens and lush green tropical forests. Also, Chattogram and Panchagarh have some tea gardens of high quality. But among the 164 tea gardens most of them are in Surma Valley. Traditionally, it has been the best suited place for tea production. The first ever tea garden of Bangladesh was established in the British period at Malnichera in 1857. After that, the favourable weather and geographic location helped to flourish the tea industry in this region.

Srimangal, the tea capital of Bangladesh, having most of the tea gardens of the country, is called "The land of two leaves and a bud". The largest tea garden in the world is situated here. There are terraced tea gardens and pineapple, rubber, and lemon plantation. It is more beautiful in the rainy season to stay at Srimangal having the highest rainfall in Bangladesh and the place has a mystic look. For miles and miles, one can see the green carpet on the hills wherever the eyes can stretch. A good number of luxury hotels including a 5-star hotel and resort are available here.

Nearly 300,000 workers are employed on the tea estates of which over 75% are women. 

A visit to the tea plantation in Sylhet is a memorable experience. The gardens are relics from the days of the British Raj. The plantations were started by the British and the manager still live in white timber homes as they did in those days. The bungalows stand on huge beautifully maintained lawns and the service and lifestyle is pretty much unchanged.


Panchagarh Tea Gardens:

 

A relatively new area that has come under tea cultivation is the sub-Himalayan terrain of Panchagarh. The soil and climate are highly favourable for growing tea here. This area is contiguous with Assam and Bengal in India where tea has been growing for decades. Beginning with only 300 acres of land in 2000, this cash crop is now being cultivated on over 3,500 acres in Tentulia, Sadar and Atoari Upazilas of Panchagarh. It can be expanded to ultimately cover about 60,000 acres.

The greenery and chilliness of hilly areas are bound to catch the visitors. The regions offer a wide variety of luxury and comfort to the people who are eager for some out-of-the-box vacation or sightseeing.