Beautiful Ooty & Church In The 19th Century, 1880 Photo

Beautiful Ooty & Church In The 19th Century, 1880 Photo

An 1880 photo of a beautiful 19th-century Ooty and church. That shows a pristinely beautiful Ooty unlike what you may see today. The church is possibly St Stephen’s although not entirely. Despite Ooty being crowded today, it is still a delightful hill station in the Nilgiris discovered by John Sullivan. With an added bonus of a charming toy train. It has a huge artificial lake that was commissioned by Sullivan.

Because of John Sullivan’s chance discovery, it became one of the most desired tourist places in India. With a UNESCO heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) of which the toy train is a part. Travelling by this steam loco train gives a spectacular view of the Niligiri Mountains. The travel is heavenly with quaint stations en route such as Kallar, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Coonoor, and so on.

Read more John Sullivan (colonial administrator). See post Ooty Town & Lake – Old Photograph 1890.

Also read Ooty History., and Wellington Of Yesteryears.

Did you know- the earliest inhabitants of Ooty were the Todas and other hill tribes.

From my collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., Ooty Steam Loco Train Halt Over Bridge – Old Photo 1909., Fort Cochin – Antique Map Plan 1761., Man Singh Palace Gwalior – Old Print 1872

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11.5 x 9.5 inches

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Bourne & Shepherd