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About Red Hills

About Red Hills

At Home with Nature

Red Hill Nature Resort has sweeping, dramatic 30-mile views of the majestic Avalanche mountains and lakes. The experience blends the comforts of home with the quality you’d expect from a top-rated exclusive estate resort. Privacy and seclusion are complemented by as much – or as little – contact as you choose to have with the area’s charming historical sites and activities; surrounded by tea plantations, enjoy fine cuisine from the traditional hospitality of the Badaga community. Red Hills is a uniquely defined by it’s incredible lake and mountain views which is designed to give you privacy, seclusion and a sense of ownership of the entire mountain range.

It can all be yours…for a day, a week, and for generations to come. Discover the joy of Backcountry Living.

The Badagas named their new habitat aptly Nilgiris – mesmerized by the blue tinge of the hills when soaked in fog and cloud.

– SUDIPTO DAS










The Legend of “Red Hills”

– By Sudipto Das

Legend says that long long ago a group of people migrated from the present Rajasthan towards the south. Having stayed in and around the present Mysore in Karnataka for quite some time they started moving further south and finally settled in the present Nilgiris. The first group of people migrated from Mysore some seven hundred years ago and the last phase of migration happened some two hundred years back, during the reign of Tipu Sultan. This group of people, known as the Badagas, is the majority community in Nilgiris. They have been thriving mainly on agriculture. They established an understanding with the Todas, a much older community in the Nilgiris and believed to be the descendants of the Romans who came to India with Alexander in the first century BC but stayed back and eventually migrated to the south and settled in the Nilgiris. The Badagas coexisted peacefully with the Todas for centuries, not trespassing into the latter’s territories and entering into a barter system with them – providing grains and other agricultural products in exchange of milk, butter and other dairy products. Today Badagas have a population of eight lakhs spread across four hundred village. The other tribes which also coexisted along with the Todas and the Badagas are Irulas – the weavers, Kurumbas and the Kothas – the blacksmiths.

The Badagas named their new habitat aptly Nilgiris – mesmerized by the blue tinge of the hills when soaked in fog and cloud. They have been speaking a language which is closer to Kannada than Tamil, due to their long association wit Karnataka. Also as they are originally from Rajasthan, their language does have many similarities with the northern languages. That explains the uniqueness of the name “Nil Giri”, or the Blue Mountains.

 

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