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Ooty Culture

Ooty or Ootacamund is always frequented by a hoard of tourists from different cultures and religious backgrounds that adds to the diversity of this picture perfect quaint hill station situated in Tamil Nadu.

The cultural and traditional medley of Ooty is enriched by unique features that are defined by its own traditional heritage and historical expressions.
Ooty is essentially recognized as one of the premier hill station resorts in India enveloped with mystical blue hazed mountains transforming the region into an exuberant paradise. This hill station is adorned with unsurpassed natural beauty in addition to the scenic splendor of the Ooty Lake that reflects the unmatched simplicity and serenity of the culture and tradition of the local inhabitants of Ooty.

Ooty exhibits a composite culture and tradition mainly dominated by a South Indian population and is partly influenced by a strong Christian society. During the colonial days, several British families settled in this small charming oasis of verdant green expanse that consequently led to the expected amalgamation of a diverse ethnicity of Ooty. The presence of the indigenous inhabitants of Ooty, the Tribal community of Ooty and settlements from other parts of India also contributed to the blend of Ooty's cultural and traditional values and beliefs.

Ooty is a picture perfect little hill station that is frequented by myriads of tourists. Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, there is hardly any distinction between the quintessential Tamil culture and the Ooty culture. The cultural potpourri of Ooty, however enriched by some unique features, peculiar to its own traditional heritage. Ooty is primarily recognized as one of India's premier hill stations. The land of the mystic blue mountains, Ooty is opulent in unparalleled natural beauty. The Ooty Lake is an epitome of splendid scenic beauty. The local inhabitants assemble at the sparkling sylvan lake and enjoy the beautiful evening. In fact, several popular Bollywood as well as South Indian films have been shot in premises of the picture perfect lake. The quaint hill station of Ooty has a mixed culture. While South Indians mainly dominate the populace, the town also has strong Christian influence. During India's colonial days, several Britishers settled in the oasis of idyllic green. Consequently, the hill resort is endowed with a splendid amalgam of diverse ethnicity. The native inhabitants of Ooty, the members of the Toda tribe are also found in large numbers.

Festival

Tea And Tourism Festival:
The annual "Tea and Tourism Festival" celebrated in the month of January is a draw for tourists. Festivals-Much like the place, fairs and festivals are a part of the joyous atmosphere, which epitomizes Ooty.

The Summer Festival held in May at the Botanical Garden attracts a large number of tourists. One of the main highlights of the festival is the flower show. A number of cultural programmes, are organized on the sidelines of the festival.The Botanical Garden is also the location for an annual seasonal festival, which showcases the variety in fruits and vegetables.Boat Races and Boat Pageantry are other added tourist attractions in the month of May. Many attend this annual water sports competition.There is also a Tea and Tourism Festival held in January every year. The Tamilnadu Tourism Department and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India jointly organizes all these festivals.

Summer Festivals:
A summer festival is held each year during the month of May in the Botanical Gardens, which is an added attraction for tourists.The Flower Show is the pride of the festival. Cultural programmes are organized for those interested in traditional classical arts. Adventure spots like trekking also form part of the festival.Ooty, deliberately propagated as a hill resort has today become a favorite tourist destination and a popular hill station known in every quarters. The city culture, people and their economy are converted to a closely knit module where all their activities circle around tourism. Other than tourism, another factor that mightily supports the economy of Ooty people is agriculture.

The largest retail market of India is located in Ooty. Various research institutes like ‘Human Biological Institute’, ‘soil conservation center’, ‘potato research farm’ and ‘livestock farm’ are stationed here. Hindustan Photo Films is a very important industry based in Ooty. Several cottage industries like carpentry, chocolate making, homemade pickles, and so on are also flourishing here.

Ooty is quite famous all over the map for its Tea, Spices, Herbal Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Home Made Chocolates, Varkey (traditional Ooty Biscuits), Gourmet Cheese, Bee Honey, Bee Wax, Handicraft items, Toda embroideries, etc. Apart from being a mind blowing hill station, the Elite class of the country is familiar with Ooty for its modernized and efficient Boarding Schools. Ooty has been declared as no plastic zone and living an Eco-friendly life is the major mission of this region. Plastic bags are thoroughly banned here and people use eco friendly paper bags.

Major festivals celebrated at Ooty include; Tea & Tourism Festival, Thaipoosam, Mariamman Temple Annual Festival, Car Festival, Boat Race, Boat Pageantry, Flower show, Summer Festival, Dog Show, Fruit Show & Vegetables show and World Tourism Day. All of the festivals are organized by the combine efforts of tourism department of Ooty, Government of Tamil Nadu and Government of India Tourism Ministry. Other that that, many cultural programs and fashion shows are also organized here.
Tamil is the state language, but the major languages spoken at Ooty are Tamil, Kannada, English and Hindi. Natives as well as tourists can be seen here wearing warm woolen clothes all round the year.