The markets in Ooty are well stocked with homegrown tea and a variety of wooden products. This charming little hill station has some cute and unique stores from where people can buy colourful souvenirs to take back home and gift them to their near and dear ones. The main shopping hubs here are the Municipal Market and Co-operative Super Market. Besides, the Upper and Lower Bazaar Roads are also extremely popular among the shoppers here. The hill station is renowned for its antique Toda jewellery along with intricately embroidered Toda shawls. The Toda products can be easily purchased from the main bazaar of Ooty. Another prominent thing to shop here which is exclusive to the place is the Nilgiri products. These include garden-fresh Nilgiri tea, a range of fresh fruits, spices and herbs.
The natural oils available here are too good. Prepared using fresh ingredients, the oils produced here are sold all over the country and world also. Camphor, eucalyptus and citronella oils have magical medicinal properties and are quite a rage among shoppers. Those looking for some local fruits and grocery, the Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market are just perfect. These places have vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden and farms, which taste heaven.
For those having a sweet tooth can choose to buy homemade chocolates from the shops here. People here specialises in making fresh chocolates that taste absolutely delicious. The chocolate industry here is on a boom and there’s a huge amount of export happening. The truffles, marshmallows and fudges are something that you must try when in Ooty. Another must try sweet thing and also a souvenir from here is the yummy fresh honey. It is available in all the local stores and important shopping hubs.
Among other things, what shoppers buy here the most are the local spices. These aromatic and fresh spices are prepared and sold in all the prominent markets of Ooty. The place has several stores selling fresh spices such as cloves, pepper and cardamom. There are certain stores here which work with indigenous communities in the Nilgiris who excel in the art of growing spices. You’ll find a number of shops in Ooty selling a wide range of products prepared by tribals living in the region. It’s a great help to them as the profit made by selling these products go to their benefit.
The handicraft materials are splendid here. A wide range of local fabrics are available at the various shops which you’ll definitely love. You’ll find almost all famous shops and outlets close to the Super Market Buildings on Charring Cross. Some prominent things to buy from here would be honey, various flavours of coffee and tea and clothes. Shopping in Ooty can be a different experience altogether as the place is not like any other hill stations where Mall Roads remain crowded with infinite people. Ooty is green, clean and beautiful which will give you a lifetime of experience. So when in Ooty next time, you know what to buy here.