Halikaldrug near Coonoor; wooded peak; cattle grazing on hillsides
Artist: Bellasis, George Hutchins (1807-1862)
Water-colour painting of Halikaldrug near Coonoor by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862) in 1852. Inscribed on the front in ink is: '(10) The famous 'Hully Ku11 Droog'; Nr Coonoor. 1852.'
This view shows a scene in the Nilgiris, a range of hills which soar to a height of over 2,500 metres, and are part of the great Western Ghat Mountains which run along the western coast of India. Due to the low latitude and high altitude of the hills, the climate in this region is very pleasant. The scenery, comprising rolling hills, waterfalls, green ferns and patches of woodland, is also very beautiful. Traditionally the area was home to the Toda people. In the 19th century it became a popular retreat for European people escaping the heat of Madras.