Shopping in the Nilgiris!

Big Shop: Commercial Road, Ooty. Besides a whole range of products, they have great jewelry! Worth checking out. Tel: +91 423-244-4136

Mohan Stores: Commissioners Road, Ooty. Lot of beautiful old & new things for the house available. Remember not to go to Ooty on a Thursday as most shops are shut.+91 423-244-2376

Needle Craft - Erin Villa: Singara Estate Road, Coonoor. Beautiful and expensive embroidered stuff. Lovely drive to the place. Beautiful garden. Worth a visit. Tel: +91 423-223-0788

The Transcultural Mission: This is in Brooklands, Upper Coonoor. Conducted by Pamila Alves for women to learn and make various kinds of embroidery for sale. Rates are very reasonable. Mobile: +91 96263-43774

Rose and Teak: Commissioners Road, Ooty. Sells beautiful antique furniture. Is owned by Mohan Store. Go to their warehouse. It is quite stunning. Tel: +91 423-244-2376

Sree Guru Ragavendra Antiques: Jothimani Complex, Aruvankadu. Sells Tanjore paintings & antique furniture. Is on the way to Ooty if you take the normal route. Phone and let him know you are coming or you may find the shop shut. Tel: +91-94434-62155

Tulsi Mall: 31 Mount Pleasant Road, Lower Coonoor. You have to see this place to believe it! There is nothing that it does not have except for non-vegetarian food! It is run by a Marwari family! There is Kamal, Uttam, Sidharth, & Sunil to name a few. They really treat us as family. A lot of what you see in our house and cottages is from Tulsi Mall. Tel: +91 423-220-7277 / 220-7377 / 220-6922

Variety Hall Agencies: Near Market, Lower Coonoor Just next to Sri Lakshmi. Our favorite thali place. Wonderful Sarees and materials!

Vriksh: Primrose Building, Church Road, Bedford, Upper Coonoor. Very lovely antique furniture & knick-knacks for the house. +91 423-222-1413 / 222-1730


Restaurants & Cafes in the Nilgiris

Mc Iver or La Belle Vie: It is located on the Wellington Gymkhana road (about a km before the Wellington Gymkhana. A quaint restaurant with old British style structure. They offer Italian and continental cuisines. Their pizzas are special. Tel: +91 423-223-32222

Café Coffee Day: Grays Hill, Sims Park road, Bedford, Upper Coonoor. Good espresso & cappuccino. Tel: +91 423-222-2222

Mirchi Restaurant: “pretty decent” They have Tandoori, Indian and Chineese.

Tandoor Hut: In Bedford also know as upper Coonoor. It is behind Mirchi restaurant. They have tandoori, and Wraps but only in the evenings.

Mud Pie: In Bedford. They have Pastries and bread and also Chaat, Pao Bhaji etc.

Sri Lakshmi: DVD Complex, TDK Pillai road, Lower Coonoor. It is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant. It serves value for money. Special for filter coffee! +91 423 223-8889

The Gateway Hotel (earlier called Taj Garden Retreat): Church Road, Upper Coonoor +91 423-223-0021 / 223-0531 / 223-4141 Multi cuisine restaurant. Normal 5 star fare.

Restaurants in Ooty:

Kurunji: Commercial road, Ooty. Amongst the oldest cafes in Ooty on the main shopping street. Very near to King Star…famous with all the school kids for their chocolates & fudges. Special for dhosas & snacks. +91 423-244-7636

Orchid Square: Orchid Square, Opp C.M.S., Brooklands, Coonoor. Brooklands. +91 423-223-8306 for Good Indian, Tandoori and Chinese food.

Madurai Appu: 23 Mount Road, Coonoor. Authentic Chettinad Food + Chinese! +91 423-222-2233

Red Hills: They are located at Avalanchi, it is 28km from Ooty. It is in a vast stretch of undisturbed tropical forest with a lot of wildlife, especially ibex. They can arrange lunch if you let them know you are coming. Mr. Vijay is the owner and his mobile is +91 94422-54755. Office number is +91-423-259-5755

Shinkows Chinese Restaurant: Commissioners road, Ooty. Probably the oldest Chinese restaurant in Ooty. Good wholesome fare and generous helpings! +91-423-244-2811