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Kalhatti, near Ootacamund. View of mountain, its summit veiled in mist; in the foreground, wooded hills. 21 October 1851

  • Water-colour painting of Kalhatti, near Ootacamund (Udagamandalam) by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862), 21 October 1851. This view shows the mountain with its summit veiled in mist; in the foreground are wooded hills. Inscribed on the front in ink is: ‘(2) ‘Kulhuttee’ (from 1 mile down the pass.) (northern Ghaut.) (21st Octr. 51)’.

 

  • Depicted in this image are the characteristic green, rolling downs of the Nilgiri Hills in the south of India. The scenery is reminiscent of much of Europe and Udagamandalam became a popular resort for European people escaping the heat of the Indian plains in the 19th century. Udagamandalam was the summer headquarters of the government of Madras from 1861 onwards and rapidly became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids

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

  • 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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