Ooty has come a long way, from a quaint hill station to a bustling commercial and tourist destination. Apart from trekking, boating, horse riding, visiting places of interest, shopping in Ooty and eating out is also on top of a tourist’s agenda. Apart from resorts that serve great food restaurants like Nahar, Darshan, various Bhojnalayas, Cafe Coffee Day, Kurinji, Dominos are places that tourist throng to catch a bite.
Eucalyptus oil and various other forest products are available in most of the stores.
Home made chocolates popularized by the British are hoarded in most of the shops and are a great pick to distribute back home to friends and neighbors.
Woolen garments, shawls, silver jewelry, antique looking curios are also popular products that are bought in Ooty. Bead jewelry and shawls made by the Todas / Tribals are sure to keep your visit to Ooty memorable.
Exotic vegetables like Brussel Sprouts, Purple Cabbage, White Beans, Peas, Baby Carrots, Turnip are grown in and around Ooty and a visit to the local market will ensure you will not come out empty handed.
Similarly fruits like Pear, Plums, Cherries, Mangostein, Passion fruit, Butter fruits are also grown in the terrace gardens of Ooty.
So, the next time you are in Ooty, ensure that you go shopping with your own shopping bags.
Type of Place: Hill Station
Situated: Tamil Nadu, Nilgiris district
Distance: 120 Km (shorter route via Masinaguid) and 155 Km (longer route via Gudalur) from Mysore and, 146 Km from Calicut, 100 Km from Coimbatore, 295 Km from Bangalore, 240 Km from Kodaikanal.
Transport: Well connected by road and rail. Nearest airport is Calicut, Mysore and Coimbatore
Facilities: Resorts, Home stays, Guest houses, Hotels, Heritage hotels, Cafés, Musti Cuisine Restaurants are available.