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There are five tribal groups in the Nilgiri Hills ~ our visit to the area near Ooty (Ooctacamund/Udagamundalam) brought us to the Todas. The Todas are dedicated to preserving life and land; they are strict vegetarians and follow their tribal tradition of buffalo-rearing. Their worship of buffalo even extends into religion ~ priests, temples and elaborate rituals revolve around cattle. The Toda are unique in the Nilgiri Hills, as none of their neighbouring tribes practice vegetarianism.

As with most indigenous people, changing times are taking their toll on the numbers and preservation of their tribal people. Todas are leaving the Nilgiri Hills for work and life elsewhere; they now number only in the low thousands.

The landscape in this area of the country is breathtaking, so I''d recommend a trip into the Nilgiri Hills for both its cultural and natural aspects.

  • Last visit to Udagamandalam: Dec 2000
  • Intro Updated Apr 23, 2003
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  • jag_hond's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 2:28 AM

    i've grown up in ooty and anyone who likes the place makes me feel proud :) but i love the fact that u visited the Todas cos thats usually something "tourists" never do.. come back soon :)

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2005 at 2:24 AM

    An enchanting place! Do the Toda hold Buffalo fights or racing as they do in Goa & other parts of Southern India? Rated all your tips & will come back and do more as I adore India! Happy travels, Blu

  • Sep 6, 2004 at 1:00 AM

    India looks more beautiful in your eyes. Cheers TR

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 7:47 AM

    Ooty looks like a wonderful place to check the next time I go to India. The pictures of the Toda wedding are especially fascinating.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2004 at 3:59 AM

    I think I certainly like this side of the country :-)

  • Dec 15, 2003 at 12:50 PM

    What a story !!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful and unique "Toda's memories"!! Who was the person who guided you?! Looking forward to your new Indian discoveries!!

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2003 at 5:13 AM

    Amazing, enchanting! It's a passion, isn't it, learning about life.

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2003 at 1:00 PM

    Wonderful ... You are a true traveler ... Richard

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2003 at 12:22 PM

    Stevie, you didn't catch the garter at that wedding, did you? :) As usual, this is a terrific and entertaining page.

  • Aug 30, 2003 at 1:31 AM

    great travelogue

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