Light and Life Academy is perched on a mountaintop about 7000 ft. above sea level near Ooty,Tamil Nadu, India, with a spectacular view of the Ketti valley, arguably the second largest inhabited valley in the world. The campus is an inspiring 60,000 sq ft theater with up to three seasons visiting it everyday. Custom-designed by one of India's most celebrated architects, Mr. Jaisim (recipient of NDTV award for Lifetime Achievement in Architecture), any part of the campus is a window to the continuously unfolding drama of the sights and sounds of nature.
The quality of light is perfect for students of photography. Besides, as there are few distractions, the students stay focused on photography. The locals and officials are not just supportive but welcoming of cameras and photography, unlike most other places. It is a truly conducive environment to create a picture.
The architecture of Light & Life Academy effectively shows how a campus should be planned on a highly sloped terrace. One of the most striking features is the use of colours, perfectly merging with the surroundings. As architecture students, we see the optimum utilization of natural light in creating the perfect atmosphere for photographers.– Students from Mangalam School of Architecture and Planning, Kottayam, Kerala.
An absolutely divine place, scenic and serene! Just the place suited for learning photography in its most professional form.– Colonel. Rajiv Bhatia, DSSC, Wellington
One thing I miss about college is the LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Being in Bombay for the past 10 years, I miss Ooty and the college so much. I would give anything to come stay here. – Amogh Thakur, Batch 1
The architect has made use of the contour levels really well. I love the way in which the buildings are connected, a lot of stairs to climb through. Every opening has an amazing frame. I like the way in which the whole campus blends in with the surrounding environment.– Tavisan.R, Architecture student, Manipal University
Food in the campus is fresh and tasty which is made and served with a lot of love by the akkas. I can travel all the way to Ooty just to have it.– Ankit Gupta, Batch 14
Nilgiris is India's first biosphere reserve. It has been declared as one of the 34 'hotspots' of the world because of its unique biodiversity. Rolling grasslands, dense sholas, waterfalls, streams, lakes, vast expanse of tea plantations, interspersed with vegetable gardens, spectacular viewpoints, an amazing variety of flora and fauna, fabulous trekking trails, heritage sites, unique villages, spell binding sunrises and sunsets, magical light, pollution free atmosphere, mist, clouds, fog, star studded skies and serenity. Nilgiris presents a truly breathtaking kaleidoscope of visual treats and soul stirring experiences.