Plantations in the Nilgiri - Wayanad district were first opened in 1845 by Mr. James Ouchterlony. The initial attempts at coffee failed due to pest infestation and salvation came in the form of a gold rush in 1874, when as many as 41 companies were floated in England to prospect for gold in the area.
This boom was short lived and the focus shifted back to coffee and tea. The English and Scottish Joint Wholesale Society Ltd. acquired tracts of land in the Pandalur and Devala area and began planting tea in 1916. Today I manage 2,500 acres of tea and two factories that my staff will be delighted to show you around.