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Ooty Or Udhagamandalam In The Nilgiris (#1) – Old Photo1880

Old 1880 photo of Ooty or Udhagamandalam in the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains. Shows a sprawling and unique landscape of a bygone era Ooty. Today the tourist town displays a more unfamiliar landscape of a crowded hill station with excessive commercialization.

Colonial-era Englishmen and Europeans would frequent the hill station as often as possible. To escape the oppressive heat of Madras or other parts of South India. Elevated at a height of 7400 feet and despite the commercialization, the hill station is still incredibly beautiful. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Ooty to Mettupalayam and from there to Coimbatore, Chennai, and so on.

There is a huge artificial lake that was commissioned by the founder of Ooty John Sullivan. The Todas, Kotas, and other ethnic communities are the original settlers of the place for centuries.

Read more-  Ooty, and Wellington Of Yesteryears. See posts- Ooty or Ootacamund Lake – Old Print 1920s.

Did you know- opened in 1898 the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the steepest railways in Asia and runs on the rack and pinion system. 

More from the collection-Page From Rare 1713 Latin Book on Calicut., The City Market In Bengaluru – Old Postcard 1935., Fort At Coylan – Antique Map / Plan 1764.,  Antique Painting of Madras Fort St George.

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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10 x 8 inches

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Samuel Bourne