The Fruit Show in Coonoor is among the major cultural events of the region attracting thousands of tourists and local people. The Fruit Show is held in the last week of May and is celebrated for only one day. Till the year 1979, it was organized by Nilgiris Agri-Horticultural Society. In the year 2006, the 48th fruit show was conducted. More than 50 varieties of fruits grown in the region are displayed in the fruit show in Conoor.
The main objective of Fruit Show in Coonoor is to create awareness among the fruit growers and various farming societies to engage in the cultivation of fruit. During the Fruit Show, Fruit Garden Competitions are held where more than 20 gardens of the Nilgiri district participates. Fruit Show is organized at Sim's Park in Coonoor, nearly19 km from Ooty, in the District of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu.
Many farmers from the region display the fruits grown in their orchard. This rare event is a very good platform for both the farmers to sell their products at a good price and for visitors to see all these exotic and indigenous fruits in one place. The best fruit garden and the best exhibits of fruits and vegetables are awarded. Some of the major fruits of the region such as apples, Pears, peaches, plums, apricots, persimmons,lemons, pomegranates etc. can be seen and tasted in the fruit show. The Department of Horticulture at Coonoor sells and displays fruit products like Marmalade, Jam, Jelly, Squashes, Pickles at the festival that are produced here. At the fruit show in Coonoor they even demonstrate the various techniques of production to the interested entrepreneurs.
This festival is celebrated in the month of April. The mother Goddess, Mariamman is considered to be a form of Kaali, and is also referred to as Mahamaayi or Seethala Gowri. The beautiful hill station of Ooty wears a festive look on the day of festival. On the day of the festival thousands of devotees throng the temple campus from various parts of the district to witness the Mariamman Temple Festival.
Maariamman is the local deity of the region. The mother Goddess, Shakti, is worshiped throughout the Indian subcontinent, but with different names in different region. People from far off places come to the Mariamman Temple during the festival to pray for the well being of their family.
The Goddess Mariamman is a form of Shakti and is worshiped throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that if the devotees pray the Goddess with sincerity and devotion, she showers them with prosperity and health. The local people have deep faith in the deity belief that this deity cures for diseases like measles, small pox, chicken pox and also other serious diseases.
Ooty Mariamman Temple Festival is a time for celebration and festivity for the people of Ooty. To show their devotion to the Goddess devotees walk barefoot over a pit of burning coal. Devotees make lamps from grounded rice and offer to the deity.
Summer is the time for festivities in the beautiful and charming place of Ooty. Tourists are at-tracted to the beautiful hill station of Ooty all the year round but during the summers, the charming place is thronged by all kinds of visitors. They come to be a part of the Summer Festival Ooty.
Ooty is famous for its Summer Festival, which is held every year in the month of May. The venue for the Summer Festival, as it is rightly called, is the famous Botanical Garden. With the greeneries of the Botanical Garden as the backdrop, ambiance of the Ooty Summer Festival is perfect.
The Summer Festival in Ooty include many interesting fairs and carnivals like the Flower Show. A large variety of flowers are displayed in this festival and this Flower show renders a very colorful and vibrant look to the Summer Festival of Ooty. The flower festival is held in the same venue as the Summer Festival but there are also festivities that go hand in hand in Ooty with the Summer carnival. There are the Boat Races, Fruit shows and other exhibitions that are held every year in the month of May in the hill station of Ooty.
During the Summer Festival, numerous cultural programmes are held in Ooty. Shows on tradi-tional classical arts are a special attraction. Arrangements are also made for some adventure sports like trekking for the ones who are interested. People from far and wide come to this beautiful hill station in this time of the year when the weather is also at its best.
Among the different interesting Fairs and Festivals in Ooty, the Summer Festival is definitely very special.
The popular hill station of Ooty becomes even more happening in the summers. The famous Ooty Lake that is a major draw for the tourists, arranges for a boat race every year. It attracts a lot of tourists from for and wide during the festival of the Boat Races and Boat Pageantry in Ooty.
The festival of Boat Race in Ooty is arranged in the summer, usually in the month of May. The festival of Ooty Boat Races and Boat Pageantry continues for two days. This two day long festival is a major attraction for the tourists as well as the local people. They take part in the boat race and other activities that form parts of the festival.
The Ooty Lake is a beautiful water body that houses a Boat House where various kinds of boats can be hired from 8 am to 6 pm.
The month of May is a time for festivities in Ooty and the Boat Race and Boat Pageantry adds to the glory of the festive spirit. The merriment is all around Ooty in the month of May when there takes place many festivals. There is a very famous tradition of boat race in South India. Ooty is no exception to that and the Boat Races and Boat Pageantry in Ooty is an extension to the boat race tradition in South India.
You guys must have heard of some Indian guys will ease themselves whenever they feel like it. It's no exception for me to do the same whenever long bus journey halt for no particular reason. For me, i just make it like participating in some local practices. Of course to offload my pressure from within as well.
Ladies will have advantages of some covered toilet & some of them are quite hesitate to ease themselves in open area. Guys just pssss only.
The timing of our Toda village visit was wonderful ~ a neighbouring village was preparing for a wedding and we were all invited to join in for the day.
A Toda wedding does not actually take place until after the bride gets pregnant. Once she has proven that she is capable of becoming a mother, she can then be married to her partner. The bride in this photo is on the right hand side and was definitely several months into her pregnancy.
The Toda have always been closely connected to their herds of buffalo, which move about the countryside according to season. Community rituals revolve around the buffalo ~ from preparing milk products to death (a buffalo is often sacrificed after a funeral; the animal is thought to accompany the deceased in to the afterlife).
Buffalo milk is the basis of a lot of the Toda's vegetarian diet. While we were in the village, we had an opportunity to drink the milk and even to taste it in a more yogurt-like form.
Some of the buffalo that wander around the huts had fairly big horns, but they were all tame enough that the men had no trouble herding them in and milking them.
We weren't able to stay for the wedding itself, as our travel plans dictated being in Coimbatore for an overnight stay (a drawback of group travel), but the preparations were in full gear through the day.
A number of the men had already started in on drinking and the women were busy chasing after the kids to keep them in order. About eight of the older women sang and danced in a circle for while ~ younger women would come and join in for a round of song, then return to their work.
This is a photo of a finished piece of the Toda embriodery ~ the patterns are always done in black, red and blue on a natural background.
A shawl of this size would take approximately a month to complete.
The Toda women spend their time at home cooking, cleaning and working on the traditional embriodery that is worn by the members of their tribe.
The fabric they embroider on is very coarse and the wonmen don't workm off of patterns ~ their stitching seems to be done from memory.
The Toda women wear their hair in long ringlets. They spent hours on each other's hair during the preparations for the wedding ~ butter is used to keep the shape and smoothness of the curls.