Nature-lovers' favourite destination, Ooty, is famous as the Blue Mountains. The great city strives to instill a feeling of 'heaven on Earth': lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, rambling grasslands, tea gardens and a range of eucalyptus - all combine to make this place a beautiful one indeed. The Nilgiri range of mountains gives the panoramic view of the surroundings tempting you to forget all the hits and misses of the world. Former summer capital of Madras Presidency and that of several small kingdoms, the city has gradually emerged as a small hill station and is often titled as the 'Queen of All Hill Stations'. Also known as Udhagamandalam, it is the best place to explore Tibetan items in its Tibetan markets, exclusively managed by the Tibetan women folk. From Toda jewellery to leather items to unique pungency of fresh tea, Ooty has a number of items which you can grab when heading towards your homeland. What are you waiting for, then? Have a look at the next part of the article and begin your planning about packing the most-cherished items from Ooty! Here it goes!
Things To Buy In Ooty
The fine flavoured and aromatic tea leaves will charge you naturally for the day. The lush green area of Ooty, at the heart of Tamil Nadu, is bestowed with the tea and coffee of the best quality in the country. On your visit to Ooty, do not forget to grab some of them. Available in the packets of varying sizes, these tea leaves are available at several local vendors in the main markets. Buy them so that you can keep a sweet memory of Ooty with you in your homeland. You can also gift these tea packets to your loved ones as a token of love as well.
Chocolate is always an alluring item, however, when it is a homemade chocolate from Ooty, it's most tempting, mouth-watering and just perfect! Stroll down the market and you will find a number of shops selling the yummy chocolates. To taste the real chocolate of Ooty, head towards King Star, the business hood pioneering the concept of homemade chocolates in Ooty. Located on the commercial Road near Charing Cross, King Star is a brand in itself in the surroundings of the hill station. It offers chocolates with rum and raisin, fruit and nut, roasted almonds, fig and honey, milk chocolate, coffee chocolate, dark chocolate varieties, sugar free varieties and others.
When it comes to antique jewellery, Ooty is the finest place to explore and have some of them for your collection. The most elegant, sober and stylish Toda jewellery is available in many main markets of the city. The best place to buy them is the 'Big Shop' on the Commercial Road. Being in the business for several years, they are known for quality of jewellery. Just have a visit and grab some!
Genuine Leather Items
Just a few yards walk from the 'Big Shop' you will find a shop named SKINS in YMCA Complex after Commercial Road. Do not underestimate the worth of the leather items by the appearance of the shop for the quality is top notch. The shop will serve you with a variety of leather items such as leather handbags, purses, wallets, shoes, boots, leather toys, belts, key chains and leather jackets with fur. You will also find number of gift items like diary, jewellery boxes, bangle cases etc. in the shop - all made of pure leather. And yes, camel leather made hats, especially, are unbelievably stunning. Must visit and take some as a memory of Ooty and Tibetan market!
The Tibetan Markets located just opposite the famous Botanical Garden are the best place to buy sweaters, shawls, caps, cardigans, jerseys, pullover, jackets and other woollen clothes. Primarily run by Tibetan women folk of the region, these cloths are of competent quality and are available at reasonable cost. Main attraction of these markets is the shawls embraced with embroidery and stone work, luring you to the fullest!
Natural Honey And Eucalyptus Oil
Yet another famous item of Ooty is the natural honey extracted from beehives on the forests of the region. The honey is available in all the stores and shopping centres of the city and is of utmost quality. You can also try the eucalyptus oil, sold at very reasonable rates here. Due to its high medicinal value, it is purchased by a large number of people.
Shopping Centres and Complexes
The major shopping areas of the city are Toda Showroom, Municipal Market, Co-operative Super Market, Upper and Lower Bazaar Roads, Poompuhar and Kairali Emporia. These places are the hubs of the best quality Ooty products with a large variety to pick of your choice.
Apart from shopping in Ooty, you can also send gifts to Ooty online for occasions such as birthday, New Year, Christmas and marriage anniversary.