Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Elk Hill Residences

A view from my balcony overlooking Elk Hill, Ooty

Elk hill is a hillock facing the Ooty town and the other side sliding down the Ketty valley, on Nilgiris, has slopes of hill residents and private resorts with tea gardens and woods spread around. Glad I was able to homestay right opposite to the hill (during my visit to Nilgiris aka Ooty in April 2017) to have a wonderful look on the same and the houses built in step formats. Our homestay had two big balconies overlooking the hill across the carrot and vegetable farming and Ooty-Coonoor main road. I really enjoyed this view and also the night ones with glittering lights from the hill residents (unfortunately I don’t have photos from night) and most of the houses built on the slope was tiled roof and built wall-to-wall with neighbours. I hope they all live as a community with peace and harmony unlike the different colors of house which perhaps one of the reasons for me to zoom for details. Looks most of the houses built there has to take only steps since there isn’t space to lay roads.

Houses on Elk hill,  Ooty

Btw. I don’t have any idea or found details why it is called Elk hill, but it only wants me to think either it should have Elk deer once on this hill or British (who discovered Ooty) brought some from their homeland. The other side of the Elk Hill has a popular Murugan temple built on the idea of Malaysia’s Batu Cave with a moderate golden statue of Muruga.

Elk Hill residents at Ooty


L. D. said...

They really are packed in there like houses in California where they squeeze them in rows of terraces. I suppose the climate is better right there and once a few were built more just kept being built.

Sandi said...

It is gorgeous!

Interesting about the elk name.

bill burke said...

It must be interesting to live in such a crowded looking place. Nice photos, Jeevan.


Hi Jeevan thank you for sharing this insightful story about this beautiful location.Great scenes on the pictures that gives a beautiful idea of how serene the place is.

Destination Infinity said...

I'd like to live in a hilly area like this for a short while - maybe a few months. Nice photos, BTW.

Destination Infinity

eileeninmd said...


it looks like a great place to live, the views are lovely. Wishing you a happy day!

Lady Fi said...

What a pleasant place!

carol l mckenna said...

marvelous colors in your photos ~ do hope they like each other and live in harmony ~

Happy Days to you,
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Nancy Chan said...

This place will not be convenient for those who can't climb or walk far. Staying in a homestay up on the hill sounds like a nice holiday.