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.
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