Wooded hills with bungalows, Coonoor
Artist: Bellasis, George Hutchins (1807-1862)
Water-colour painting showing hills and bungalows at Coonoor by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862) in 1852. Inscribed on front in ink is: '(2) 'Coonoor'; (10 miles from Ootacamund) (Coming up the Ghaut.) 1852.'
Coonoor sits at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the Nilgiri Hills in the south of India. It occupies a picturesque position on the side of the Jakatala Valley at the mouth of a gorge and is surrounded by wooded hills. The town developed after its sister hill station, Ootacamund (Udagamandalam), became the summer headquarters of the government of Madras in 1861. Coonoor became a popular resort for European people escaping the heat of the Indian plains, but was regarded as a bit more relaxed than Ootacamund, which had a significant official presence. It was also considered to have a healthy atmosphere and became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids.