Day 1 was about following up on all the recommended places, viewing Ooty from our touristy lens.
First, uncontested destination was the Tea Factory and museum, which, as the name suggests, soaked us all in the aroma of tea varieties. A guided tour of the tea factory, along with tasting the types, was well curated; after which we were unleashed at the Chocolate making factory, at the floor above. The tea connoisseur in some of us was satisfied to taste one of the finest assortments of the brown beverage.
[Personal suggestion: Buy a packet or two of your preferred tea kind, but do not spill your money away at the sight of home made chocolates yet. You'll get better prices in the Ooty market.]
We, then, rushed to the Ooty lake and Boat House to beat the town's unexpectedly hot afternoon (A pre-booked taxi was way more convenient in dodging from one location to another). While coming back from two rounds of successful boating, the Ooty market greeted us with home-made chocolates (read: fudges, marshmallows, and love) which we couldn't resist. The best part? You can taste ALL of them before setting your heart (and money) onto some.