With the help of the Moplah contractors, they felled the forest and planted 50 acres in the first year. In the following years they experimented with cinchona, tea, cardamom and rubber.
Tea, it was decided, suited the area the best and today I have 555 acres under organic tea and 1,215 acres under conventional tea. The estate has a hospital and two factories that you can visit.
Mr. Congreve authored an interesting book about the early history of the district. Perhaps you can leaf through it in the library while enjoying a leisurely dram after sundown.