The hill station of Ooty has been home to vast tea estates since the colonial era and is a hub of the tea-growing industry. Apart from gorgeous views and pleasant weather, another attraction is the Tea and Tourism Festival, which was launched in 1994 to promote tourism in the hill station. The grand celebration attracts tourists from all over the country. Giving recognition to Ootacamund's tea industry and its vast varieties, the festival sees tea gardens decorated beautifully, several cultural programmes like folk music and dance performances conducted by the locals, and varieties of tea available for tasting and buying. Promoted and organised by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department and Ministry of Tourism, the festival is usually held in January. One can also participate in guided tours of the tea estates.

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