The reception staff at Windermere Estate kindly made a few suggestions for our stay in Munnar including this TATA company social enterprise.
Surpisingly our driver from Red Dot Tours had never been there before and had a little difficulty finding it. We were pleased we went as we were unable to make the obligatory stop at the Tea Museum which was closed on the Monday we were in town.
TATA employs local people with disabilities that otherwise would be unable to find employment on the tea plantations. The cynic in mean is always a little unsure of what really goes on behind the scenes. At face value, it looks to be a very worthwhile enterprise.
There are staff who provide free information on the different processes involved in textile dyeing and printing (including some lovely Japanese styles) as well as paper making.
You are not allowed to take photos on the tours which made us feel happy that the staff were not being exploited by tourists in this way.
The shop has beautiful items for sale that are worthy of their price tags. Don't miss it!