India & Sri LAnka
Although India and Sri Lanka are now both famous tea growing regions, both were late comers when it came to tea cultivation and tea drinking AMONG the local people. Despite it's close proximity with China, India was not formally used for tea production until the British East India Company began cultivating the Assam variety of tea bush there, around 1847. After much success in India, the British began tea cultivation in Sri Lanka, then known as 'Ceylon'. India did not adopt a tea drinking culture until the 1920's and is now famous for it's traditional Masala Chai.