Ooty Town & Lake – Old Photo 1890
This is an 1890 old photo of Ooty town and the lake. Shows sprawling meadows, a unique landscape that was once Ooty. John Sullivan discovered this virgin mountainous region in 1819. He was the collector of Coimbatore at that time. It reminded him of Scotland back home. His foresight and massive development work helped shape the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountain. So called because the misty mountain gives out an illusion of blue.
Read more John Sullivan (colonial administrator).
One of his works included the commissioning of an artificial lake in 1824. Because of John Sullivan’s foresight, it became a beautiful tourist place. A rack and pinion hill railway with the unique toy train was commissioned in the early 1900s. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway or NMR is a UNESCO heritage site today.
Traveling by this steam loco toy train is an out-of-this-world experience. Gives a surrealistic view of the Niligiri Mountains and its countryside. The ride is undeniably heavenly. One needs to experience it to get a feel of it. With quaint stations on the way like Kallar, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Coonoor…and so on. Click on the photo for better view
Did you know- John Sullivan’s grave was discovered in Berkshire, UK, after 24-year long search by Dharmalingam Venugopal from Chennai. Read this in- Long search from India yields Ooty founder’s grave .
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., Types of Indian Native Character – Old Pictorial Book 1910., Mumbai Welcoming The King & Queen – Old Print 1905., Fort St George & Madras Town – Antique Hand Colored Map