A honeymoon destination for newlyweds, Ootacamund, the capital of the Nilgiris district is an ideal weekend getaway option replete with lush gardens, great climate, historical buildings and bustling markets. Also called Udhagamandalam this beautiful hill station is visited by tourists all round the year, who look forward to its cool climate, great cuisine and peaceful surroundings. This said, when it comes to shopping in Ooty, Main Market is your best bet. This market is lined with Government-run and private shops selling everything from aesthetic painting and handicrafts to cutlery and groceries. Authentic spices, tea, coffee, Ooty chocolates, honey and cheese are famous tourist picks here. In terms of finding accommodation here, you can choose from a number of 2-star and 3-star rated hotels near Ooty market. Providing comfortable accommodation at affordable rates, these hotels in and around Ooty market are great to put up at if you are fine with the noise and chaos. When planning your itinerary, the famous Rose Garden (around 2 km from Main Market) should make it to the top of your list. With over 2000 varieties of roses, this place is a visual treat. The Ooty Lake, around 3 km away is a great place for a picnic and you can also enjoy paddling and boating here. As for dining out, New Grand Bakery and Akshaya Bakery are close and offer delicious baked goodies. Thattukada is a yet another dining option if you wish you enjoy mouth-watering South Indian dishes.
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