sidewalk cafe nahars vegie burgersOoty is one of the quaintest Hill Stations i have ever visited in my life.One can follow two routes to Ooty.The first route is also known as the 36 hairpin bend route.SHORT AND SWEET AS THE NAME SUGGESTS.Only cars are allowed. No buses are allowed on the 36 hairpin bend route. The second route is also known as the PYKARA ROUTE which is longer by 30 kms but is a gentle gradient and more scenic with eucalyptus trees and tea gardens .We tried both the routes- while climbing uphill to Ooty we took the 36 hairpin route and while climbing downhill to Mysore we took the scenic Pykara route..This place is a Travellers Delight as while driving from Mysore to Ooty one gets to see two forest reserve forests.The first being a scenic drive through Bandipur forest reserve which falls in the Karnataka jurisdiction and immediately after that Madhumalai reserve forest which falls in Tamil Nadu jurisdiction.You will get to see elephants ,langur and deer through the forest drive.You will also have to pay a small entry fee at the forest check points.As soon as you pass through the 2 forest reserve forests you will find yourself in MASINAGUDI from where there is a fork diversion-the left taking you to Ooty via 36 hairpin bends and the right taking you to Ooty via pykara route.The entwining roads,the clouds and mist falling heavily,the cool fresh breeze,horses grazing in the pasteurs,touristsin caps and woollens,and the sharp fragrance of eucalyptus oil at a shop right in the heart of charring cross of ooty.address as below for genuine eucalyptus oil.
THE OOTACMUND EUCALYPTUS OIL REFINERY,
-CELL NUMBER 9894042098
Do not buy any of the chemical and synthetic oils passed off as essential oils and the dry spices in the shops. These are just tourist gimmicks.All the spices come from kumily/thekkady in kerela the seat of spices like pepper,green cardomom,cinnamon sticks etc.
CHOCOLATES IN OOTY
Modern Stores also makes some of the best chocolate in Ooty. Murali and his dad run Modern Stores. All chocolates are almost the same flavour so dont bother with the flavours that they offer. Go in for any dry fruit or nut of your choice.Just outside Modern Stores you will find a very friendly guy called Dharmesh who owns DAJEELING SPICY MOMO FOOD STALL. THE BEST MOMOS IN OOTY ARE HERE —— SO DONT MISS IT. He serves hot momos with soup. Both vegetarian and chicken variety. His contact numbers are as follows;
44 garden road,near modern stores ooty.
AS YOU WALK FROM MODERN STORES TOWARDS THE CHARING CROSS ON THE LEFT YOU WILL SEE A BAKERY.AT BLACK FORREST CAKES AND BAKES YOU WILL MEET A VERY WARM AND FRIENDLY LADY WHO RUNS THIS BAKERY .
VERY DECENTLY PRICED YOU CAN GORGE ON CAKES PATTIES BURGERS RANGING FROM APPROX RS 15-40 AND THE BEST CHOCOLATE MOUSSE IN OOTY PRICED AT RS40 ONLY.
FOR THE BEST ITALIAN PASTAS PIZZAS(HOT WOOD OVEN FRESH) INDIAN VEGETARIAN AND SOUTHINDIAN MEALS KINDLY LOG INTO THE LINK BELOW.
SIDEWALK CAFE SERVES COFFEE-PIZZAS-PASTAS-SIZZLERS-GARLIC BREAD.
GARDEN RESTAURANT SERVES SOUTHINDIAN MEALS
CHANDAN RESTAURANT SERVES INDIAN MEALS AND HAS A LOVELY FIREPLACE TOO.
http://ooty-all-about-ooty.blogspot.in/2008/06/ooty-hotels.html(for further information on OOTY)