Kayu Aro Tea Plantation of Jambi

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Kayu Aro Tea Plantation of Jambi: Second largest in the worldTea is the most widely consumed beverage across the globe, second only to water, and can be found almost anywhere in almost every country. Tea has long been associated with health benefits, with some forms of tea even being classified as medicinal. Tea has also become a fundamental item amongst a number of cultures with events such as tea parties, afternoon tea and tea ceremonies. From Europe to the Far East, and back to Indonesia, drinking tea is not limited to tradition but rather a daily habit.


There arenumerous types of tea, thousands of plantations and even more brands, and while it may be hard to say which tea is the best, there is no doubt that KayuAro Tea is ranked among the highest levels of quality and taste in the world. Grown in the highlands of the Kerinci Province, Kayu Aro is packaged and sold around the world, oncethe favorite amongst royalty in The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. The plantation is located in Kerinci Valley, Sungai Penuh, Jambi, Sumatera.


The Kayu Aro plantation was the first tea plantation in Indonesia. It was started by a Dutch East Indies company in 1925, during the colonial period and was later taken over by the Indonesian Government in 1959. Kayu Aro is the second largest tea plantation in the world after the Darjeeling Tea Plantation in India. It sits at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level and covers approximately 2,500 hectares. The tea grown in KayuAro is orthodox tea, or black tea as it is better known.


The process of tea making in Kayu Aro is still highly traditional. No preservatives or dyes are added, and additionally, workers are forbidden the use of cosmetics while processing the tea.


Each year, Kayu Aro Tea Plantation produces 5,500 tons of black tea. The highest grade is exported to Europe, the Middle East, United States and Asia, while the lower grades are sold locally.


To Stay, To Do

There are no hotels around the Kayu Aro Plantation, but a lovely homestay while enjoying a cup of hot tea is a favorite amongst visitors to the area.


Homestay Pak SubandiProviding meals, guides and transportationto get aroundthe plantationTel: +62 748 357009/+62 812 74114273Email: subandi.homestay@gmail.com


A greater variety of accommodations can be found in Sungai Penuh, but do not expect to find any kind of luxury hotels. Budget hotels and guest houses in Sungai Penuh are simple, but comfortable and provide good service. Here are a few of the hotels in Sungai Penuh.


Hotel Jaya

Jl. Re. Martadinata no. 22 Sungai Penuh.Telp. 0748-21221


Hotel Busana

Jl. Depati Parbo no. 65 Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-21122


Hotel Yani

Jl. Muradi no. 1 Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-21409


Hotel Aroma

JL. RA. Kartini no. 48 sungai penuh. Telp. 0748-21142


Hotel Masgo

Jl. Yos Sudarso Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-22690


Hotel Matahari

Jl. Basuki Rahmat Sungai Penuh.Telp. 0748-21061


Hotel Kayu Manis

Jl. Re. Martadinata Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-21226


Hotel Mahkota

Jl. Depati Parbo Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-323984


Hotel Puri Asri

Jl. Kamaruddin Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-324604


Mess Puti Masurai

Jl. Jend. Sudirman Sungai Penuh. Telp. 0748-21050

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Getting There and Around

Get There

Getting to Kayu Aro Tea Plantation follows the same route as the path to Mount Kerinci in the direction of Sungai Penuh. The two closest airports to Sungai Penuh, capital city of Kerinci District, are Jambi and Padang.


Getting to Sungai Penuh from Jambi city takes about 10 hours by car over a distance of approximately 500 km. This can be done using public transportation or rental car. Jambi airport serves just Jakarta and Batam.


The alternative route through Padang is much faster, at a total distance of under 300 kilometers. Sungai Penuh can be reached via public transport, car rental or private car, and should take between 5-6 hours. Minangkabau International Airport in Padang serves Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam and Kuala Lumpur.


Kayu Aro is about an hour’s drive from Sungai Penuh.