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.
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.
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