Ootacamund. Hilly landscape showing Dodabetta peak; lake and sailing boat in the foreground
Artist: Bellasis, George Hutchins (1807-1862)
Water-colour painting of Udagamandalam showing Dodabetta Peak, by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862) in 1852. Inscribed on the front in ink is: '(20) 'Ootacamund'(to the North East.) 1852.'
This view depicts the characteristic green, rolling downs of the Nilgiri Hills in the south of India. The scenery is reminiscent of much of Europe and Udagamandalam became a popular resort for European people escaping the heat of the Indian plains in the 19th century. The town is sited around an artificial lake at a height of 2,267 metres (7,440 feet). Many typically English houses were built, approached by narrow lanes which were bordered by imported English shrubs and flowers. It was also regarded as having a healthy atmosphere and became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids.