1877: John Daniel Munro, an officer of the Independent Kingdom of Travancore and designated Superintendent of the Cardamom Hills, makes an application to the Poonjar Chief for the grant of the property called Kanan Thevan Anchanatu Mala on payment and obtains from the Raja the first Pooniat Concession Deed.

1880: The first tea is planted in Parvathi Estate (a part of today’s Sevenmallay Estate) by A. H. Sharp.

1896: The Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company is formed in the Kanan Devan Concession territory. Estates outside the Concession territory but within the High Range are owned by the Anglo-American Direct Tea Trading Company, also a subsidiary company of Finlay Muir & Co. Ltd.

1900: The Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company constructs the first Hydro-electric Power House at Pullivasal – one of the first in India. In the same year the Korangani – Top Station ropeway was also established to transport goods from the plains to the Hills and tea to the plains in turn.

1915: About 16 fully equipped factories function on the estates. Transport of leaf from the field to the factory is by bullock-cart, which is to be replaced by tractors in the years to come.

1926: The Kundaly Valley Ropeway for transportation of tea and goods was completed at a cost of Rs 7.61 lakhs! The company started a Veterinary Department in the same year to improve the condition of the cattle in the High Range.

1964: James Finlay & Co. enter a collaboration with the Tatas for establishing an Instant Tea Factory in Nullatani Estate. It is the world’s largest Instant Tea Factory outside USA.

1976: Tata’s purchase the complete business interests in India of the Finlay Group and Tata-Finlay Limited is born.

1978: The High Range Game Preservation Association, the predecessor of the present day High Range Wildlife and Environmental Preservation Association, persuaded the Central Government to declare the Eravikulam area as a National Park – the only National Park of its kind in India, perhaps in the world, where an NGO actively and effectively collaborates with the Government in the joint management of the National Park.

1983: Tata Tea comes into being and sets up Asia’s largest Super Tea Factory in the mid-eighties at Chunduvurrai Estate.

1990s: Tata Tea sets up a fully automated tea factory at Madupatty. The company also starts organic tea cultivation in Chunduvurrai Estate, with organic tea manufacture facility at Yellapatty Factory.

2005: Inauguration of India’s first ever Tea Museum was done along with the formation of KDHP. Officially known as the Tata Tea Museum, it is also popularly known as KDHP Tea Museum.

2005: Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited (KDHP), the first and the largest participatory management company in India with more than 12500 employees as shareholders took over the majority of tea plantations in Munnar from Tata Tea Limited, w.e.f. April 1st, 2005.

2006: KDHP ventures into a diversification project under Kundaly Nature Extracts, with the aim of becoming an agri-corporate. KNE was started with the intention of cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants and extraction of oils, and subsequently the scope of operations included production of concretes and absolutes of floral crops such as Rose Damascena, Acacia Decurrens, Tube Rose, Jasmine Sambac, etc.

2010: While primarily being a B2B player, KDHP launches its consumer brand Ripple Tea for distribution in retail outlets across Munnar.

2010: Supported by high offtake and local popularity owing to quality and tourism, Ripple Tea simultaneously expands to retail distribution across Kerala.

2012: KDHP takes a big step forward towards sustainably grown teas by getting certified by Rainforest Alliance. This is in addition to the USDA Organic certification for 300 acres of its plantations at Top Station and Fairtrade certification (Chundavurrai estate) since 2009. KDHP Teas obtain Trustea cerification in 2014.

2015: With Ripple Tea’s success in Kerala, Ripple Tea goes national with the launch of its e-comm portal www.shop.kdhptea.com for distribution across

2018: Ripple Tea ventures into branded retail outlets with the launch of 3 ChaiBazaar outlets across Munnar. 17 factories and packaging units of KDHP gain FSSC 22000 and/or ISO 22000 certification.

2019: KDHP takes a stride further in its branded retail outlet venture through a franchise model for its ChaiBazaar stores and opens an outlet in Kumily (Kerala, India)

2019: Ripple Tea wins big at the Global Tea Championship 2019 Fall Hot Loose Leaf Tea Competition held at Boulder, Colorado, USA. KDHP’s Ripple White Tea bagged the Silver Medal and was ranked No 1 in the Loose / White tea category.

2020: KDHP re-launches an independent e-comm portal for Ripple Tea under www.rippletea.com

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