The Botanical Gardens, Ootacamund, from the Lambsknowe.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Botanical Gardens in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. Popularly known as Ooty, this is the most famous of hill stations in south India. It lies in the Nilgiri Hills at a height of 2,267 m. With its cool climate, from the 1820s, the town developed as a sanatorium and also as the chief resort for Europeans in the South. It became the summer headquarters of the Madras government in 1861. The Botanical Gardens, established in 1840, were laid out at the foot of the Dodabetta Hill in broad terraces and had a number of species.