A few tribal villages dot the Western Ghats, in and around Ooty. A visit and stay in one of these villages, with the Toda people, was part of my southern India tour.
The Todas are a buffalo-rearing tribe, who are strict vegetarians and who now number only in the low thousands.
There were four buildings in the village we visited ~ three were used as homes and one as a temple.
Staying over in one of the Toda villages gives you a chance to see the normal routine of life ~ the men went about their business taking care of the buffaloes. The women embroidered and cooked.
In the evening, we all sat around a fire and the Toda men sang (perhaps for our benefit), then a couple of our group responded in kind. The Toda language is quite distinct from Tamil and it has no written form.
Avalanche Dam & Lake is located at a distance of 25 km from ooty. A place that should not be missed. A dam called Canada dam since Canada funded it. An exotic experience of mountain trekking could be realized in this place.
Also there is a Trout Farm near Avalanche Dam which is the only place in India where Trout fish grows, Trout fish grows only in unpolluted waters.
Sanctuary Avalanche is a Tiger sanctuary, where several species on the verge of extinction are reared with great care and caution and are provided with an eco friendly environment where they can breed easily and have life going on.
This beautiful lake surrounded by a thick Shola where even sunlight cannot penetrate and abundant with a wide variety of avifauna is a Nature Lover's Paradise.
Avalanche lies 28 Km from Ooty on the Kunta road.
This club was organized by off-road enthusiasts in the surrounding area of Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India.
Club arranges off road trips in and around Nilgiris with vehicles and experienced drivers. This gives you a rare opportunity to explore the unseen areas of Nilgiri mountain ranges which is rich in flora and fauna. some of the trails lead to old tribal settlements and exclusive wildlife regions too.
Whenever you are around Ooty, contact the club by email or telephone and make arrangements for a trip.. you will not regret it...