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The Kaitee Waterfall, as seen from the road exactly opposite, looking west

The Kaitee Waterfall, as seen from the road exactly opposite, looking west

Artist: Barron, Richard (c.1798-1838)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1837

Shelfmark: X664(6)

Item number: 6

Length: 39.2

Width: 52.35

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 6 from Richard Barron's 'Views in India, chiefly among the Neelgherry Hills'. It shows a Toda, native to these hills, watching the Kalhatti waterfall. Visiting in the 1830s, Barron wrote that this "waterfall is one of the great attractions to all persons who visit the Hills ... Pic-nics of the most agreeable kind are often made to this delightful spot. The bottom of the fall is hid by a large wood, known only perhaps to the timid elk, fierce cheeta, or bear, which are often met with in this neighbourhood." The falls are located on the Kalhatti slopes about 13 kilometres from Ootacamund. Also known as the Kalahasti falls, they cascade down from the Chandra Drona hills at a height of more than 100 metres. The Kalhatti-Masinagudi slopes are rich in wildlife such as panthers, bisons, wild buffaloes and deer.

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