With Kerala on the west, the state of Mysore on the north and the Coimbatore district on the east and south, Ooty is a typical Indian hill station in many ways. Long meadows of flowers, fruit orchards, terraced coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, eucalyptus forests, lakes, abundant vegetation, pleasant weather and beautiful sunsets make it an ideal summer retreat. It is a veritable gold mine for birdwatchers.
Green ShopThe Keystone Foundation runs the Green Shop which sells honey and organic produce harvested by local and indigenous farmers. Honey is the main product, but you can also buy other organic produce. Also sells garments made of pure cotton, vegetable and fruit dyes.
Must Buy: Strawberries
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM
HigginbothamsA treat for book lovers. This is the oldest and most renowned book shop in Ooty. Set amidst the backdrop of the mountains, you can spend hours here browsing books from all genres. Located in the heart of the city.
Timings: Monday to Saturday: 9 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 5:30 PM
Must Buy: Postcards
Shopping CentreThis is the main shopping area of Ooty. Walk along Commercial Road and Charring Cross with lots of shops that sell souvenirs, handicrafts and homemade chocolates.
Must buy: Handmade tribal crafts, chocolates, eucalyptus oil.
Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM
Tibetan MarketIf you forgot to carry your woolens or just want to buy few more, the Tibetan Market is the place to get quality woolen clothes at fixed prices.
Must buy: Woolen sweaters
Timings:10 AM to 8PM
Dodabetta Tea Factory/The Tea MuseumOoty, surrounded with the finest tea plantations is the right place to buy some aromatic leaves. A paradise for tea connosieurs, at this tea factory, you not only learn all about tea, but you can also buy the world’s best tea here.
Must buy: Orange Pekoe Tea
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Chocó galleriaSells homemade chocolates, the famous ones include wine chocolates.
Timings: Open from 10 AM to 8 PM