Koonoor Pass (Coonoor) Nilgiris, Old Engraving 1840.
Old 1840 engraving of the Koonoor Pass (Coonoor) in the Nilgiris. This print is a steel engraving of a sketch by Captain Meadows Taylor. The engraving shows two men exploring the sprawling hills. In 1819 John Sullivan the collector of Coimbatore discovered the Nilgiris, the spectacular place reminded him of Scotland.
His foresight in undertaking massive developments shaped what is Coonoor and Ooty today. Although it is a bit more commercial and congestive than it was in the British era. The mist in the mountains exuded an illusion of blueness hence the name Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains. This 1840 engraving of the Koonoor Pass or Coonoor Pass in the Nilgiris is at a time when the place is almost virgin in nature. Click on the photo for better view.
See post Coonoor In Nilgiris – Old Postcard 1910.
Did you know- Coonoor is linked by a narrow-gauge railway line from Coimbatore to Ooty, the train is pulled by a steam engine up to Coonoor and then switches to a diesel engine for the onward final journey to Ooty.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., Madras Club In British India Era – Old Photo 1898., Ooty Gudalur Road Eucalyptus Trees – Old Postcard 1920s., Vintage Book – History of The Bombay Army 1938