Wednesday I head to the south.

My time at the Makaibari Tea Estate in the past 10 days has been perfect. I’ve done more than I thought possible, met lovely people along the way, was well fed, wandered in the tea fields daily and photographed everything.

Tomorrow I start a trek to the south to visit the lesser known tea growing region of India: Nilgiri.

The plan:

Wednesday and overnight train from Siliguri to Kolkata.

Thursday an afternoon flight from Kolkata to Chennai.

Three nights in Chennai to see that city and get a first taste of the south.

Sunday a quick flight from Chennai to Coimbatore where the Highfield Tea Estate is located.

Makaibari has been hosting a project at Highfield to convert it to organic growing and manufacturing. I’ll get to meet the people involved and see how it all works.