Ootacamund, (Blue mountains) Neilgherries, Madras.
Photographer: Nicholas Bros
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken by Nicholas Bros in the 1860s as part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. It shows a view of Ootacamund, popularly known as ‘Ooty’, the summer headquarters of the government of Madras from 1861 onwards. The town itself is sited around an artificial lake in the Nilgiri Hills at a height of 2,267 metres (7,440 feet). The houses are typically English and are approached by narrow lanes which are bordered by imported English shrubs and flowers. It rapidly became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids.