Stone House in Ooty is famous for being the first bungalow in the town. Also known as Kal Bangala in Tamil, it was built in the early 19th century by John Sullivan, an Englishman, the first Collector of Udhagamandalam and the founder of the British Settlement in Ooty. The land where the stone house stands once belonged to the Toda Tribe of Udhagamandalam. When the East India Company reached Ooty back in the late 18th century, they were introduced to the Toda Tribe. Later in the 19th century, with an intention of establishing the British Settlement, John Sullivan bought a piece of land from one of the Toda families and built the house. Ever since the house has been a famous landmark and a site of historical heritage in Ooty.
The Stone House in Ooty retains most of its picturesque charm. It is a well-maintained property, almost two centuries old now and yet stands strong. The building has sort of launched the modernization of the town because, since its creation, several more developments like more houses, roads etc. were built on the hill station. The population increased and marked the beginning of a new era in Udhagamandalam. Currently, the Principal of the Government Arts College resides in the house. So, it cannot be explored from the inside, but tourists can definitely check it out from outside the fence.
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