Climate (if any) is the only serious deterrent which might spoil your travel plans to Ooty. But regarding climate too, Ooty has something different to offer all throughout the year. The summer is perhaps the best time to visit the place, if you are planning to visit all the tourist spots, including some adventurous treks and hand gliding. With only the occasional warmth of the sun there to remind you that it is actually summer, you can comfortably visit any place you have in mind in and around Ooty, without having to fear the dreaded heat.
Ooty is one of those few places in South India that can boast of an âalmost uniformâ climate throughout the year. Located at an altitude of 2240m, the place remains on the cooler side throughout the year making it an ideal place for round the year visiting. Summers are warm during day with a maximum temperature of 25º C and the summer nights can be pretty cool with a minimum temperature of 10º C. With moderate warmth during summer, the place will not wear you down with extreme heat during summer. During the winter season, the days are chilly and as the winter progresses, the mercury drops still further and it can get pretty chilly with the temperature dropping as low as 4º C.
Ooty People: What makes place truly appealing to tourists? Is it the scenic beauty of the place? Is it the cultural heritage? Is it the hospitality of the locals? More likely, a place becomes truly appealing when you find a confluence of all the factors mentioned above which makes it truly a memorable experience for the tourists. Ooty people are very hospitable and friendly by nature. They are always ready to help a soul in need. Very soft spoken and down to earth they are sure to be among the most friendly lot that youâll come across in your travels.
Like any other place in India, Ooty is rich in history, though a lot of it is lost in transition and still very little is actually recorded in government files. To actually speak the truth, when a place is so full of scenic beauty and cultural heritage, a majority of the tourists are not actually too keen to know the history of the place. But if go digging deep into the vaults, the History of Ooty is quite fascinating and bound to throw a surprise or two.
Ooty Flora and Fauna: You can keep on saying endlessly about Ooty flora and fauna. Why? Because you are in one of the most bio diverse regions in the world. Ooty is an integral part of the Western Ghats. You find species of animals, birds, reptiles and plants that you donât find anywhere else in the world. To describe all of them would be folly and it wouldnât be anywhere to close to watching them with your own eyes. If you are a true nature lover and like to appreciate a place for its natural beauty then monsoon is the time for you to visit Ooty.
Ooty Festivals: Ooty being a multi linguistic, multi cultural, multi ethnic society, like any other part of India, has a myriad of festivals spanning the entire year. But most of the festivals are held during the summer. The presence of local tribes like the Todas and the Kuravas, add on to the number of festivals celebrated in Ooty. The festivals of their local deity have become a regional affair overtime. In the list of religious festivals celebrated, Thaipoosam festival and the Mariamman Temple festival are the foremost and the most famous.
Ooty Culture: India, the land of different cultures. You step out of your front door and you will hear a dozen different languages than your own. Yet they are all Indian in their own way. A harmonious co-existence of people from different back grounds and different traditions. So why should Ooty, being a part of India, be any different? You find people from different parts of the country living there. People from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh make up a major chunk of the local population.
Ooty Cuisine: No matter where you come from, the local cuisine will feature high on your list of to do items wherever you travel. Ooty holds many delightful surprises for you in the matter of local cuisines. Ooty is one of those places where you get vegetarian as well as non vegetarian food of excellent quality. You walk into any normal restaurant and you are presented with a wide variety of choices from the South Indian delights of Dosa (different types like ghee roast, masala dosa, egg dosa etc.), idli (something like steam cake made from rice) vada chutney, pongal etc.
Ooty Lifestyle: Ooty, or the Queen of Hill Stations as named by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, fits the bill for a perfect getaway from the fast paced city life. From being a sleepy city with people leading simple normal lives, Ooty has really come a long way. One walk around the town and you find people from all walks of life going around with their business day in and day out. With a lot of pharmaceutical companies and other such industries making their presence felt recently, Ooty is undergoing a slow transformation into a business hub. But none of this happens at the cost of the scenic charm that Ooty possesses since time immemorial.
Located at a height of 2240m above sea level Ooty is surrounded by hills on all sides. The main four hills in this region are Club Hill, Elk Hill, Dodabetta Hill and the Snowdon Hill. An irreplaceable part of the Western Ghats, Ooty is a place that will capture the imagination of a first timer with its sheer visual grandeur. The vegetation of the Nilgiris differs with the height of the mountains. As the name suggests, the mountains give off a mystique blue appearance, which is sometimes credited for naming the mountains so (âNilgirisâ translates to âBlue Mountainsâ).