Start early in the morning with the cab you booked for upper Bhavani lake. It is serene and tranquil. It will take around 2 hours to reach there. The road to Bhavani is itself a treat to one’s soul. Sitting there you can relax and enjoy its beauty. After returning one can visit the Ooty main market. It is full of chocolates, tea, and various herbal oils.
Some Recommendations and Hacks.
1. When you visit the Tea and Chocolate Factory, I strongly say don’t buy up from there. They charge a whole lot of extra money. You will get the same products at a much lesser price from the main market. The so-called factory outlets and shops are bait. I repeat a bait.
2. I recommend not to book a full trip cab. Instead, book a cab to Ooty and then hire local cabs for the day through MMT or taxi stand. It will save money as for much of the time you won’t be needing a cab.
3. For stay at hotel, book an OYO on the day you reach there. It’s damn cheap at that time. I booked 2 rooms for 4 people for 2 Nights in just around Rs. 2800 in Adarsh International Hotel, Ooty and rooms were decent enough. (Remember this doesn’t apply during peak tourism months.)
4. If you want to travel in a steam engine train then you will have to travel from Coonoor to Mettupalayam as the steam engine works on this route only.
Ooty is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The greenery, the weather, the serenity, the clouds everything was so perfect. Maybe it’s a bit of stupidity from my side that I am trying to explain the Queen in words. How can one? Recalling the trip I remember saying a line to my friends there. It was “Bhagwan ne sbse acha camera diya h hme ..humari ankhe” because the DSLR I had, was unable to capture what my eyes were feeling. What I need you to understand is plan and visit Ooty