St. Stephen's Church, Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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Enjoy the tranquility and a piece of mind just above downtown Ooty at St. Stephen's Church, a cream-colored cardboard caste-like Anglican colonial establishment. Built in 1829 exclusively for the British, the church features huge wooden beams hauled from a defeated sultan’s palace 120 km (74.5 mi) away. Slim pointed arch windows with stained glass have images of Virgin Mary, Last Supper, crucifixion and angels. The church has no traditional bell but uses four hammers instead moved by wires pulled from the floor. An overgrown cemetery behind the church features graves of many scions of British families, soldiers, administrators and traders. Church doors open on Sundays and during holidays alone. For St. Stephen's Church and beyond, use our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip planner to get the most from your Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation.
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  • Small Gothic Church one of the first colonial structions built in the 1820 s on the site of a Toda Temple. Timber for the roof was hauled here by elephant from Tipu Sultan's Palace in Srirangapatnam....  more »
  • When we visited the place, there was a big group of school students there, with their unique uniform. The place is nice, but when empty, nothing special. There was a performance of one boy, and we...  more »
  • Oldest church in Ooty. Could be in Britain! We enjoyed looking at the churchyard to see the date and ages when people died. So different to now. These were the officers burial areas!
  • Beautiful ambience. Excellent place of worship. Great architecture and stained glass windows. Very old church. Wood work is awesome. A must see place

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