Shopping is something that every tourist looks forward to while vacationing; with Ooty packages
, you can buy an array of handlooms, handicrafts and other items, unique to the region. Some amazing items you can buy here are:
• Toda Jewellery
– Ooty and its surrounding area are home to the Toda tribe, who are recognised as one of the six primitive ethnicities of Tamil Nadu. Among the various handicrafts they produce is jewellery, worn by men as well as women. In case you are looking for some unique souvenir of your Ooty holiday, then a Toda ornament is perfect.
• Toda Shawls
– One more traditional accessory that the Toda people are known for is shawl. These are hand woven, and the embroidery work of red and black threads on a white background is quite impressive. While wandering on the lanes of Ooty, you will come across many men and women, beautifully dressed in these shawls.
– The dark and aromatic Nilgiri tea is one of the finest produces of Ooty. When in the hill station, you can buy it at numerous shops and estate outlets. The climatic conditions of the region are quite similar to Darjeeling, which help in the growth high-quality tea leaves. For an insight into the process, via which freshly plucked leaves are dried for brewing, you can head to the Tea Museum.
– Fine-quality coffee is among the various things produced in the Nilgiri Hills. You can purchase fresh beans, and learn to make the filter coffee, a favourite drink of South Indians, from the people of Ooty
– The chocolate industry in Ooty is also expanding, and people with a sweet tooth can sample the local products. Built to promote Indian-origin chocolates, the M & N Chocolate Museum is dedicated to the sweet delicacy and its different kinds. The museum displays numerous chocolate items like a horse cart and boat.
– You may also buy premium spices straight from the lush plantations of Ooty. If you miss the spicy South Indian dishes after you return home from your holiday, you can recreate the taste in your kitchen using the spices bought from the town.
• Essential Oils
– A wide variety of essential oils are made with the produce from Ooty’s expansive plantations; a few to name are eucalyptus, camphor, olive and citronella. Heena oil of the Nilgiris is also famed as it is believed to heal migraines, cold and cough. There are numerous shops in Ooty from where you can purchase these oils. You can buy these for yourself to get relief from some ailment or someone else as these also make for a great gift.
Where to Buy
Take a look at the markets in Ooty, where you can buy the above-mentioned and other items.
• Tibetan Market
– The biggest hub for shopaholics in the hill station is Tibetan Market, opposite Government Botanical Garden. It is a great place to buy woollens like sweaters, shawls, cardigans and pullovers at a reasonable price. You can also come here to purchase clothes for your kids, as well as to shop for souvenirs. Conversing with shopkeepers in the language of Ooty
can help a lot in bargaining for memorabilia.
• Main Bazaar
– Another prominent shopping district in Ooty is the Main Bazaar, which has many private and government-run stores, offering traditional objects from the region. Strolling through the bustling market, you will find everything from ornaments to clothes and household items to decorative objects. A visit to the bazaar will also be a treat for your taste buds as numerous vendors here sell spices from all over the region.
• Old Municipal Market
– If you are looking to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, then you can come to the Old Municipal Market, adjacent to the race course. The market has over 2000 stores and stalls that are visited by over 4000 people daily. For ease of access, 15 entrances have been provided.
• Commercial Street
– Running from Rajiv Gandhi Circle to Adam’s Fountain, Commercial Street is another good place for avid shoppers. Along the road are small stores as well as super markets, stocked with a variety of goods. Handicrafts, antiques and locally made chocolates are some of the items you can buy here. The Kerala state emporium, Kairali, and Khadi Gram Udyog are apt places to purchase ethnic wear.
These markets are not only a place for you to indulge in retail therapy; these will also give you a glimpse into the culture of Ooty
. Here, you can interact with the locals and also try some local culinary specialities.