Ooty & Church In 19th Century – Old Photo 1880

This is another old 1880 photo of a 19th century Ooty and church. That shows a pristinely beautiful place unlike what you see today. I’m not sure which church it is, but possibly St Stephen’s. Despite Ooty being crowded, it is still a delightful hill station in the Nilgiris. With an added bonus of a beautiful toy train. There is a huge artificial lake that was commissioned by the discoverer John Sullivan.

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

Because of John Sullivan’s chance discovery of Ooty,  today it is a beautiful tourist place. With a UNESCO heritage Niligiri Mountain Railway (NMR) of which the toy train is a part. Visiting Ooty by this steam loco train gives a spectacular view of the Niligiri Mountains and its countryside. The ride is undeniably heavenly with quaint stations on the route like  Kallar, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Coonoor, and so on.

See also- Ooty History., and Wellington Of Yesteryears.

Did you know- the earliest inhabitants of Ooty are 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

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.

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11.5 x 9.5 inches

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Bourne & Shepherd