One of the specialities of Ooty is the fresh local produce. Ooty’s mild and pleasant weather is conducive for the cultivation of tea, fruits and honey, spices, aromatic oil and cheese-making. So, while in Ooty, one may stock up on fresh, organic products and an array of lip-smacking handmade chocolates in different flavours.
Ooty visitors/residents take home tea packets as souvenirs for themselves or as gifts for family and friends. Ooty offers a wide variety of tea: dust and leaf, green, black and white varieties and flavours such as masala, jasmine, cardamom and even chocolate.
Ooty is home to some of the country’s best and most reputed boarding schools – most of them built during colonial rule. The world-class infrastructure, exposure to a multicultural environment and high standards of education offered by these schools promise a world of opportunities for children, helping them to realize their career aspirations.
The best time to visit Ooty with your family is between April and June and September and November. During the summer season, the temperature ranges between 20°C-25°C. This is the best time to go sightseeing at Avalanche Lake, Botanical Garden and Ooty Lake. You can even go camping or for star-gazing on a clear night.
If you are a lover of monsoons, then plan your trip in July-September as it is the best time to enjoy the charm and tranquillity of Doddabetta, Glenmorgan, and Pykara Lake.
For those who love chilly weather, the winter usually lasts from October to February. At night, the temperature might dip below 5°C.