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About Stone House

The first bungalow in Ooty, the Stone House is one of the most significant and ancient monuments of the town. Nestled in the picturesque hills of Nilgiri, the house is soaked in history and architectural beauty. The house was constructed by John Sullivan, then Collector of Coimbatore in 1822, after acquiring the land from the Toda people at one rupee per acre. The mansion is called as the stone house because it is completely made of stones. The Toda tribals call the Stone House as Kal Bangala. The word 'kal' means stone and 'bangala' mean mansion. This architectural beauty was built by the concept of modernization and urbanization in those days, making Britishers using the same technique in other mansions. The mansion features a sloping roof in green. The architecture is simple yet resembles a classic British cottage with a fireplace in the living room. There is a tree in front of the house called Sullivan’s Oak, named after its owner. Nearby is an artificial lake in L-shape also built by Sullivan himself and is worth visiting. Now it is an official residence of the Principal of the Government Arts College, Ooty.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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