If one is trying to find an escape from the hectic life of the city, then travelling to the beautiful hills of Ooty is perhaps the best way to take a break. Lying in the Nilgiri district, Udhagamandalam or Ooty appears like a heaven. The atmosphere and landscape of Ooty, that consists of lush grasslands, cool weather with towering blue mountains of the Nilgiris all around, keeps attracting tourists all round the year. Apart from all the natural grandeur the hill station’s culture, which is best expressed through its festivals, is a must see. Mentioned here are some of the famous ones, you should definitely become a part of. You can easily find Ooty tour packages from Chennai or Bangalore to enjoy a tour of the hill station.
Vegetable Show – Held at Nehru Park, the Vegetable Show (as the name suggests) is a wonderful expression of the local culture through dancing, music, drama and artwork. Every year Ooty gears up for this event which also sees amazingly decorated Botanical Gardens, Rose Gardens, Sim’s Park, Ooty Lake, and the Pykara Lake to welcome the tourists. Flower shows and boat races are the major highlights of this magnificent occasion. Travel agencies and resorts offer special discounts and additionally ensures infrastructural conveniences to welcome the guests.
Crazy Festival – As the name suggests, the Crazy Festival is a really mad ensemble of music, arts and dance. A three-day event, the festival showcases an impressive lineup of contemporary and traditional musicians, artists and dancers performing at the royal Fernhill Palace. A large gathering of fans and artists from all over Tamil Nadu and neighbouring cities, you’ll enjoy a fantastic time with music, food and enthralling performances. Since its beginning in 2012, its popularity has increased manifold and has become a significant contributor to Ooty’s economy.
Tea and Tourism Festival – Another three-days event, the Tea and Tourism Festival is held in the month of January. The festival is jointly organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Tamil Nadu Tourism Department. The main purpose of the festival is to foster tourism and growth in the Nilgiri tea business. Music, dancing and other cultural programmes are the highlights of the festival tourists along with showcases of actions that’d felicitate the business for tea planters. You can also learn about the various tourist places in Ooty and how to reach them.
Flower Show – The Flower Show is part of the large Summer Festival which is organised by civic authorities of Ooty at the Botanical Gardens. This banquet of flowers showcases more than 10,000 floral varieties alluring a lot of visitors.
Summer Festival – A huge festival which is organised for an entire month at multiple locations, the Summer Festival should not be missed from your itineraries. May is marked as an important month by the Tamil Nadu Department of Tourism, and sees various events which attract a large number of tourists. So, if you’re planning a tour of Ooty, then plan it around the Summer Festival.