Gori shola

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Gori shola is a locale in Ooty famous for its water reservoir. It is located off the road from Ooty to Doddabetta amidst the Doddabetta forests.[1] It is a tourist spot in the town, which provides a pleasing look of the surroundings from the top of the reservoir.[2]


A Dargah has been built on top of a hill in Gori shola. It is the final resting place of a saint called Hazrath Peer Syed Hassan Shah.[3] The Dargah, which is several decades old, has gained popularity over the years and is now a popular pilgrimage centre among Muslims in and around the Nilgiris district.[4] A popular festival called the urs Hazrath Peer Syed Hassan Shah Khadri is celebrated in the Dargah annually.

Littering concerns[edit]

Gori shola has had problems with people littering discarded items like cigarette packets, liquor bottles and plastic bottles and lighting bon-fires in the area. Graffiti inside the pump house and on the walls of the reservoir has been placed by vandals. This has been a concern for local residents and environmentalists, since the area adjoins a reserve forest and a water body.[2][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Panther found dead in Ooty". The Times of India. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Radhakrishnan, D. (February 4, 2008). "Concern over abuse of Shola reservoir area by vandals". The Hindu. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Devotees throng Gori Shola shrine". The Hindu. April 28, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Milad-un-Nabi celebrated with religious fervour in Ooty". The Hindu. February 17, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Concern over abuse of Shola reservoir area by vandals". The National Law School of India University. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-09-15.