Orchards of peaches and plums, and the terraced tea plantations that oty is famous for are a legacy of the British, who first introduced these crops here. So are the English faces; many of these Britons had settled here for good having fallen in love with this little bit of England that they had discovered in India. Ooty, without doubt, is still a ‘hill station’ and a very important tourist spot not to be missed by anyone who visits India. The “Queen of Hills” and headquarters of the Nilgiris district, Ooty still looks very much an English-country town. The hill town abounds in British buildings and British names — St Stephen’s Church bears the name of Governor Stephen Rumbold Lushington as does the Lushington School. The Lawrence School and Breeks Memorial School too are named after Britons of another age. Lady Canning’s Seat, Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose, Club Hill and Elk Hill are all un-doubtedly British-sounding and the scenery viewed from these points are decidedly English too; tall pines, conifers and eucalyptus stand in proud profusion beside emerald-green lakes and red-tiled cottages with lush green lawns and rose gardens. All official attempts of the Tamil Nadu Government to get people to call Ooty by the Tamil name, Vdagamandalam’ have failed, and Ootacamund continues to be, as the British called it, `Ooty’ to all.