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Budget Stay in Ooty

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Budget Stay in Ooty
A boutique hotel in Ooty

Think Ooty and you come across images of the Nilgiris, massive landscape tea gardens and stunning time-lapse of cloud movements. But you would never associate a trip to Ooty with a treat for the taste buds. Travelmynation was recently in Ooty for 2 nights and decided to stay at Delightz Inn located in Tiger Hills, one of the highest points in this mountain range. It’s an exotic location which lies to the east of Ooty; at the lower corner of Doddabetta Peak and is 6 km from Ooty town. It’s great for travelers looking for a quaint place that is highly economical and offers all the basic amenities for a weekend getaway.

But the highlight of our stay wasn’t the location or the view or the bison we saw strolling into the property, but the food we had! Who knew that we would experience such high-quality gourmet food in the middle of Ooty at such a nondescript place. Mr. Arun, the MD had promised that our stay there would be magical and take us on a culinary journey like none other we had experienced before. So we decided to give it a try to explored the rather comprehensive menu of Indian, Chinese and Italian food.

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Tandoori Dishes

The Chefs, mostly from Bengal and Nepal insisted we try their tandoori nonveg platter so we ordered one. Delightz Inn offers only in-room dining and we were a little concerned that by the time food arrived it would be cold since it was about 10 degrees at night. The order was placed for 8:30 and sure enough the doorbell rang at the right time and we were served the kebab covered in aluminum foil. We love our chicken and prawns and were starving just at the thought of having the platter. Tandoori Chicken always tasted a little bland to us, sometimes salty, and often burnt. I’ve had it in various parts of the world, including India, Dubai and the US. I always find myself ordering it at times and often leaving the place disappointed. But this was not the case at Delightz Inn.

The first thing that hit us was the aroma as we peeled off the aluminum foil from the plate. The tandoori masala smell was evident and immediately our mouths starting watering at the sight of the platter. A big morsel of the prawns that went into my mouth set ablaze my taste buds and create a near euphoric moment! A glance at the chicken and we could make out that it had been marinated for a long time in authentic spices and cooked fresh. Every bite from the platter of the juicy, succulent chicken and prawns was as good as the next one.

The waiters would have been shocked to see how we cleaned out the dish; not even a speck of oil was left behind.Budget Stay in OotyBudget Stay in Ooty Chicken Pasta in White Sauce

We are not pasta lovers for the simple fact that we don’t usually find the right texture of cream sauce or the thin pasta we generally like to eat. Due to this we do not visit Italian restaurants and stay away from ordering pasta even when we visit gourmet restaurants. But the pasta here came highly recommended so we decided to have some. When it was served, it looked ordinary.

The same thing we’ve seen many times and eaten so many times in restaurants across the country; from cafes to 5-star restaurants.Budget Stay in OotyFirst taste impressions

WOW! Delicious, flavorsome in the best way possible. The pasta was perfectly cooked. The sauce was creamy yet didn’t feel chunky at all and the succulent chicken added a great flavor to the dish. The parmesan cheese grated to perfection, landing all over the pasta looked like white Xmas on a plate!  It was such a different experience from eating the usual white sauce, but entirely amazing in its own right.

I know it sounds weird to call a pasta dish as light, but that’s exactly what this sauce was. None of the ingredients interrupted the texture of the sauce or the pasta and blended in perfectly with each other to create an amazing taste. Our only regret was that we could only eat so much and couldn’t order another plate of this heaven!Budget Stay in Ooty The standout dish here is definitely the Chicken Pasta in White Sauce. One spoonful of it takes you to the streets of Italy and delivers an explosion of flavors. It’s simply the best we’ve EVER had. Delightz Inn might not offer the best of stay options but the food is a strong enough reason for us to go there each time we are in Ooty. Drop in sometime and have some pasta; leave us a note when you do! Check out their website here!

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23 comments

irfan vichu October 21, 2017 - 1:49 PM

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Ramya September 6, 2020 - 11:31 AM

The way you have described the food it seems, that you enjoyed the dishes to the last morsels. At times while traveling we do come across properties, where food creates the everlasting memory and this place seems to be one.

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:32 AM

I remember it was about 8 degrees that day..n sitting on our bed we got to eat this amazing meal…will never forget it

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Sanjay Thampy September 6, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Definitely looks like a good place to stay within your budget with some good food to go with it too.

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Yeah its budget and the food is just amazing…great combo

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pamela September 6, 2020 - 6:58 PM

OMG, these food looked so delicious, mouth watering and amazing. I’m planning to visit Ooty and it would be great if you will share a proper itinerary of Ooty and nearby places.

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Great….ping me seperately and i will love to plan something for you

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pamela September 10, 2020 - 10:56 PM

yoooo please let me know…

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Shivani Singh September 6, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Uff the food looks amazing, n the way u have described it, I could almost taste it. Will definitely try these dishes if m ever in ooty. 💙

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Thanks and yes do check it out once your there

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Arnav Mathur September 6, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The food served on Delightz Inn looks so sumptuous, no wonder you decided to pen a dedicated Blog for it. Delightz Inn has been on my radar for quite a while but the trip down South never happened. I am hoping I get to do it in the post Pandemic World and revisit Ooty – a place where I have fond memories of back when we were in Wellington, and used to go to Ooty every other weekend.

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:30 AM

If you ever come down south, do let us know…will help you out with some fantastic places to visit

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Sindhu Vinod Narayan September 7, 2020 - 9:08 AM

The pics definitely bring out how yummy the food should have been and also a wonderful experience that you would have had. Will keep the place in mind

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Thanks…yeah check it out when you plan to visit ooty

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delhifundos2014 September 7, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Oh wow that looks like an amazing meal! Chicken Pasta in White Sauce looks so delicious. We love Ooty so will definitely check it out next time we are down there!

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:29 AM

The pasta was to die for..the best we have ever tasted till date!

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DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter September 7, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Ooty is such a beautiful place! Loved the pictures of food and the descriptions in your post! Thanks!

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Thanks for much for reading!

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Raksha Nagaraj September 8, 2020 - 9:41 AM

I love everything that is mentioned in this post. The Tandooris and the chicken pasta, they look so delicious. I love Ooty and that is one of my most favourite hill stations to go to when I am in Bangalore.

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:27 AM

We are just waiting for things to get better so that we can drive down there soon

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travelmynation September 8, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Thanks for reading and yes Ooty is one of our fav sports too

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Avantika Chaturvedi September 8, 2020 - 11:14 AM

I’m drooling, reading your post! Though quite commercialized, I’ve always had a fond memory of Ooty – hiking to Dodabetta and what not as a young girl with my parents! Your stay seems like a nice option to get away from that commercialization and hustle bustle!

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