|John Sullivan, the founder of modern Nilgiris, S.India www.chennaifirst.in|
|Bangalore Mysore. Ooty Map. www.samsantravels.com|
|Sullivan Memorial, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India.www.thehindu.com|
|Ooty Lake.Brain child of Sullivan. Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu.indiagetaways.co.in|
|Tea plantation.Nilgiri-Dodabeta .Nilgris, Tamil Nadu www.indyarocks.com|
The Nilgiri mountains still retain the old charm and enchanting beauty and it is a nice place for relaxation and fun. The vast Botanical garden that displays a variety of roses of various hues is an amazing place to visit.
|Old home at ootry www.indiavideo.org|
|The Oak that Sullivan planted outside Stonehouse.. www.thehindu.com|
01. On the very first trail to the Neilgherry (as the Nilgiri hills were then known) on January 02 in 1819, Sullivan had a contingent consisting of army-men, several dozen war elephants, hundreds of dogs, ponies and two dozen English huntsmen in the front.
02. After reaching the altitude of 100 plus feet, the ascent was so tough the party had to let loose the elephants and their heavy baggage.
03. One D. Venugopal, the director of Nilgiri Documentation Center (NDC), maintains the Sullivan Memorial at Kotagiri and is doing great service to the younger generation in preserving the heritage of the Nilgiri mountains and the colonial legacy.
04. Rev. Jacome Forico, a priest, was the first European who visited Nilgiris in 1603.
05. Sullivan's 225th birth anniversary was celebrated on June 15, 2013.
06. Incidentally, how did people travel on the steep hills? By foot, horseback, palanquin and tonga.
07. The Nilgiri had six entry points (Sispara Ghat, Mulli, Gudalur, Sigur, Coonoor and Kotagiri) at a time, unlike many hills that have just two entries.
|Bisons, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu.www.namastay.in|
09. John Sullivan saw to it the rights and the culture of hill tribes Todas, et al were not disturbed and was friendly with them. The tribes, on their part, were helpful to him during his stay there. And in this respect he was at odds with nasty East India officers.
10. One of his sons Henry Edward Sullivan, stepping into the shoes of his famous father and following the family tradition, later became the collector of Coimbatore.
1804: Writer for the East India Company. posted to Madras.
|founder of Ooty, John Sullivan's grave in Berkshire, England.telegraphindia.com|
1815-30: Permanent Collector of Coimbatore.
1819: First trip up the Nilgiri hills; built a cottage in Kotagiri.
1821: First journey up to Oodacamund.
1822: Built a Stone house. Spent the next few years there with family.
1828: Ooty became a military cantonment and placed in charge of a commandant.
1835: Became a Senior Member of the Board of Revenue. Chose to live in Ooty.
1841: Left for England in 1841 after the death of his wife and daughter in Ooty.
1855: Died in England on January 16 at the age of 66. Sullivan’s grave is in the church yard of St. Lawrence, Upton-cum-Chalve, Berkshire London,
( modified from: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/travel/where-sullivan-lost-his-heart/article4810266.ec)
http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> News> Current Affairs / by B. Ravichandran, DC / June 15th, 2013