Bharat Tea at Cameron Highlands

Bharat Tea Plantation at Cameron Highlands

For tea lovers, it is a must that you make a stop at Bharat Tea Plantation, which is on the way up to Cameron Highlands and is one place to stop for some lovely Tea and Scones while admiring the stunning beauty of the lush green tea plantations for as far as your eye can see.

There are currently three tea houses owned by Cameron Bharat Plantations where two of them along the way up via Tanah Rata which is frequented by local and foreign tourist. At cooling temperatures, this tea shop is a wonderful place to just sit back and relax, especially after a long drive up the highlands from the city.

Bharat Tea Shop Cameron highlandsBharat Tea Shop at Cameron Highlands

The Bharat Tea Shop is also located by the side of the main road so everyone traveling up the highlands via car, van or bus would be seen stopping at the tea houses for a cuppa or even a toilet stop. You cannot miss this place if you are traveling up from Tapah way or the old road up.

This new addition, the third in the chain was opened in 2009 and is located half a kilometer after the first tea house along your way up to Cameron Highlands. There is ample parking here so if you find the first tea house crowded, just drive a little further and here you are.

Bharat Tea Plantation View Camerons View of the tea plantation from the balcony of the tea house

At the Bharat Tea Shop, the views are simply breathtaking on a clear and windy day. Just order the famous Cameron Valley Tea, some freshly cooked scones or even a strawberry pie and sit back here. The place also has a gift shop which sells a variety of teas and things related to tea. Another shop next to this place also sells Cameron Highlands souvenirs if you need to get some, for your friends or relatives.

Tea and Scones at Cameron HighlandsTea and Scones at Cameron Highlands

While here, we ordered a pair of scones with a pot of tea and a cup of iced tea and enjoyed the cooling breeze at the balcony of the tea house. However, the scones come with a price. RM12.00+ (USD $3.40) for 2 scones was a little on the high side but then again, they came with authentic cream and some jam. The scones were super fresh and tasty, crumbling in your mouth when you bite in, it was one of the best scones I have tried in Cameron Highlands too.

Video of the Bharat Tea Plantation and Tea House


Bharat Tea Plantation Video


Tea Shop, Bharat Cameron Highlands Cameron Bharat tea shop view from the tea plantation

When you are done with Tea & Scones, you can simply take the stairs down to the tea plantation as it is open to visitors. However there is no guide so it is free for all. Many people will go down and grab pictures as the landscape is really beautiful. Well, I just had to join in the fun. Happily snapping away and even doing some macro shots of the tea leaves. Don't be surprised that if you come here on weekends, the place will be crowded.

Malaysia Tea Leaves PhotoTea leaves

Tea Plantation at BharatBharat Tea Plantation

Well, when you visit Cameron Highlands, you would want to try the local tea and enjoy the beautiful scenery there. Trust me, every visit I make there, I will sure to stop over for some Tea and Scones admiring the sheer beauty of the plantations there.

Directions to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur:

1. Just get on the PLUS Highway heading North to Ipoh.
2.When you reach the Tapah turn off, there are signboards for the Cameron Highlands exit to the left.
3. After paying for your toll, take a left at the first traffic lights.

4. Just follow the road all the way straight. A prominent marker will be Kuala Woh Recreational Park sign, keep going straight all the way and the roads will be winding. So if you have motion sickness, be prepared.

5. The winding journey will take about 1.5 hours till you reach Tanah Rata. There will be a stop at the Iskandar Waterfalls if you wish to walk around to stretch your legs. Local handicraft and food/drinks available. Falls are fairly huge there.

6. 1st town you reach is Ringlet, continue up to next town which is Tanah Rata (Starbucks is available here!!) and the top most town is Brinchang. The Equatorial Hotel (Now re-branded to Copthorne Hotel) is located at the highest point called Kea Farm which is about 1,600 meters above sea level. 

Tea and Scones restaurants around Malaysia;
There are a number of places in Malaysia where you can enjoy tea and scones where some are in peninsular and others in Sabah Borneo. Over at Cameron Highlands, you can try Bala's Chalet and Hotel Cameron Highlands or even the Smokehouse Hotel in Cameron Highlands. as these are the two most popular places to try them.

Over at Frasers Hill there is also the Smokehouse Frasers Hill which is less visited due to the promotions but apparently, many people claim that the tea and scones here are much better than in Camerons. If you are in Sabah, you can try the English Tea House in Sandakan and also the Sabah Tea Garden which is about two hours from Kota Kinabalu up north towards Kudat.

In Penang, when yo go up the Penang Hill, there is another restaurant on the top where they also serve tea and scones too. In the big cities nowadays, you can also find tea and scones at numerous hotels but the feeling is not the same, well, that's what I feel. 

For those heading up the highlands for a weekend or simply to enjoy the cool air up here, you should take some time to fully explore the many places of interest here. If you love Tea and Scones, I would highly recommend you make a trip to Bharat Tea at Cameron Highlands to get your fix.


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