Udagamandalam: The City on the Hill
Close your eyes. Imagine rolling hills, colorful houses, and endless greenery, basically a scene straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. That is what you get when you enter the city of Udagamandalam, also known as Ooty.
Ooty is nestled in the gorgeous Nilgiri Hills, which is why it has one of the most famous hill stations in all of South India. This hill station sits in the mountains surrounded by luscious green trees of eucalyptus, pine and conifers making the environment fresh and clean. If you decide to wander to this stunning city, you will see endless visitors waiting to jump onto one of the trains and travel though the rolling hills.
The supreme beauty of the station isn’t the only natural phenomenon this city has to offer. The botanical gardens of the Doddabetta peak spans 136 acres, filled with different floras and greenery for visitors and residents to spend their days strolling through. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to get lost among this beauty? Since it is so gorgeous, many fabric designers pull inspiration from the patterns that they see in this magnificent nature, which is then converted into gorgeous outfits.
This fashion connection isn’t the first when it comes to the people of Ooty. Toda embroidery originated from the people of Nilgiri. This type of embroidery has become a long lasting craft made exclusively by the women. Talk about girl power at it’s finest. Toda embroidery is the use of black and red threads on a white cotton cloth. The embroidery is done with a fine finish so that the cloth appears to be woven. It is a simply stunning geometric design that has been used for ages and is still prominent today.