there are many shops selling different flavours of tea.It is an ideal gift to carry for others back home and also to take back some for yourself.
What to buy: buy tea in coonoor.it is locally grown,fresh and good.there are many varieties and are reasonably priced
What to pay: about average
As well as the Toy Train and Botanical Gardens, Ooty is famous for its homemade chocolate and various oils. You'll find loads of places selling chocolate for about Rs50 per 100g which come in a variety of flavours such as dried fruits, nuts etc and is just delicious! The oils also come in a large variety such as sandalwood, lemon grass, olive, citronella, heena, camphor and eucalyptus (which I bought a small bottle of for just Rs11!).
There are a couple tiny shops in Ooty that specialize in teas and oils. You can go in and tell the man in the oil shop what ailments you are trying to relieve and he will personally bottle and wrap some oil bottles for you. They make great gifts. The tea shop also has a wide selection of local favorites as well as gift packs.
What to buy: Oils and Tea
What to pay: lower price range
Charing Cross is the focal point on the busy commercial street of Ooty. Here you can take in the smells and sounds of Ooty. The main shopping street and vegetable market are here. The Charing Cross is very much like the main square of an old English town.
This market is located just outside the main entrance to the Botanical Gardens and sells mostly children's clothes.
At the busstation (see picture of the tea pick workers) they sell a wonderful tasting liquid honey made with love by some very tiny bees. Yummie !!