Stone House, Ooty

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Stone House
Stone House, Ooty in 1905, with a tree called Sullivan's Oak in the foreground.
Stone House, Ooty in 1905, with a tree called Sullivan's Oak in the foreground.
Former namesKal Bangala
General information
Architectural styleEuropean
LocationOoty, Tamil Nadu,
Coordinates11°24′44″N 76°42′46″E / 11.412142°N 76.712728°E / 11.412142; 76.712728Coordinates: 11°24′44″N 76°42′46″E / 11.412142°N 76.712728°E / 11.412142; 76.712728
Elevation2240 m
Construction started1822[1]
OwnerGovernment of Tamil Nadu

Stone House was the first bungalow constructed in Ooty (India). It was built by John Sullivan and was called Kal Bangala by the tribals (Kal means stone in Tamil). Today, it is the official residence of the Principal of the Government Arts College, Ooty.[2][3][4] The tree in front of the bungalow is known as the Sullivan's oak.[5]


John Sullivan started building Stonehouse in 1822. He acquired land from the Toda people at 1 (equivalent to 550 or US$7.80 in 2019) an acre.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Panter-Downes, Mollie (1967). Ooty preserved: a Victorian Hill station. Hamish Hamiliton. p. 38.
  • Huxley, Michael (1975). The Geographical magazine, Volume 48. Geographical Press. p. 516.
  • Wright, Gillian (1991). Hill stations of India. Odyssey. p. 226.


  1. ^ a b "One Man's Ooty", The Hindu, India, 16 January 2005
  2. ^ "Stone House". Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  3. ^ Tourist Guide to South India. South India. 2006. p. 96. ISBN 81-7478-175-7.
  4. ^ Bradnock, Robert (2000). South India handbook: the travel guide. South India. pp. 153. ISBN 1-900949-81-4.
  5. ^ "Portion of Front of Stonehouse, 1905". Retrieved 9 September 2011.