International Tea Day 2023: Discover the best tea destinations in the world

Celebrate International Tea Day by embarking on a flavorful journey. Explore the world's top tea destinations and indulge in the

Updated on May 21, 2023 12:23 PM IST 7 Photos

International Tea Day on May 21, celebrates the cultural and economic significance of tea across the globe, highlighting just how much joy and comfort this beverage can bring. Tea is a worldwide phenomenon and just about every country, from Argentina to India has its own way of consuming it. From the rich past of Chinese green tea to the vibrant mint leaves of Morocco, discover the exciting destinations behind the drinks as compiled by With nearly half (44%) of Indian travellers keen to try the best places for food and drink on their next trip, International Tea Day is the perfect excuse to travel to locations naturally steeped in history and beauty.(Pexels )

Darjeeling, India: Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling is home to some of the best tea plantations in the world. Darjeeling black tea is the traditional tea of this town and is one of the most popular black teas thanks to its unique light and fruity flavour. Since it's black tea, it is often used as a base for masala chai, a go-to tea for Indians. Visitors can enjoy a special cup of masala chai while admiring the majestic Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest mountain or taking a ride on the 140-year-old stream Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.(Photo via DW)

Kandy, Sri Lanka: This mountainous city with misty skies and a centrepiece lake is home to colourful rainforests and an array of tea estates. It’s where the first tea was planted in Sri Lanka and now has a flourishing economy with over 600 tea estates stretched across the region. Explore the area with a Tea Plantation Cycling Tour and discover the wonders of the city; starting at the Ceylon Tea Museum in Kandy, then cycling 55km through lush tea plantations where travellers can stop and speak to tea pickers and learn about local varieties. Try the refreshing Ceylon tea, each leaf carefully handpicked to ensure its quality – enjoyed warm or over ice.(Unsplash)


Meknes, Morocco: Moroccan mint tea or maghrebi as they call it, is the national drink of choice in Morocco. Various blends are made across the country, but the vibrant mint leaves from the scenic hilltop city of Meknes are said to be the best. A UNESCO-stamped ancient medina, meander around the old town to discover everything from specialist souks selling beautiful crafts and textiles to teahouses in secret courtyards and even the odd donkey strolling around.(Unsplash)

Harrogate, UK: Brits are known for their love of Tea. English breakfast tea is a British staple, which has expanded over the years to include a variety of brews including decaf and gold standard. Take a trip to the nearby city of York and enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea Boat Cruise along the picturesque River Ouse, where visitors will discover the city's mediaeval history. Iconic sites include York Minster, one of the largest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.(Unsplash)