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About Doddabetta, Ooty


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Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills at 2,637 metres (8,650 feet). There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is 9 km from Ooty, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. The Hills can be viewed from the peak.

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It lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hill ranges. It is surrounded by dense sholas. One can have a panoramic view of the landscape through the TTDC telescope. TTDC restaurant caters the needs of tourists.

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Doddabetta is one of the highest peaks of the Nilgiri mountain range. It stands at a staggering height of 8650 feet, offering a bird's eye view of the whole of Coimbatore and the adjoining regions. One of the most remarkable thing about Doddabetta is its flat summit, which makes you gape and wonder in amazement.

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Stretches of rhododendrons greet the visitors on the roof up to the summit, while they soak in the splendor of nature that's so blissfully splattered all across. The Telescope House at the peak offers an enchanting view of the slopes and the gorgeously rising Chamundi Hills. Ooty looks enchantingly mesmerizing from the Telescope House as curious visitors crowd around to have a go at the two telescopes housed there. The area around the peak is a reserved forest and is home to much of the endangered species of flora and fauna.

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No visitor to the Queen of Hill Stations can consider his or her trip complete without spending an hour experiencing an aerial view of nature's splendor from the Doddabetta peak.

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Long considered the diadem of the Queen, Doddabetta (big mountain) is said to be the second tallest peak (8640 feet) south of the Vindhyas. It overlooks Udhagamandalam town from the East. One can get a panoramic view of Udhagamandalam and its environs, Coonoor and Wellington. Even the Coimbatore plains can be seen. Walking up to the peak is also thrilling.

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Stretching tall along the Ooty – Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu in South India, the Doddabetta Peak is famous for being the highest point in the Nilgiris and South India as well. It offers probably one of the best and perfect vantage points around the entire town of Ooty.

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Doddabetta Peak is just a short trekking distance of 10 kms from the main town of Ooty and about 8 kms from the Ooty Railway Station and the Ooty Bus Stand. You can also opt to enjoy a pony ride to Doddabetta Peak, however, the joy of arriving at the highest point in South India by foot is a different experience altogether.

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The name of the Doddabetta Peak was derived from the Badaga Tribe word which means ‘Big Mountain’, tracing it roots way back to the Kannada language and Badaga aural based language. Towards the western portion of the Doddabetta Range stand, three close competitors, referred to as the Hecuba peak perched at an altitude of 2,375 meters above MSL, Kattadadu perched at an altitude of 2,418 meters above MSL and Kulkudi peak perched at an altitude of 2,439 meters above MSL that moreover matches with the attitude of Ooty.

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Despite the fact that these three Towering Peaks of the Nilgiris are closely linked in their altitudes with the majestic and transcendent Doddabetta Peak, they still are second to the best in terms of the accessibility and the panoramic views the Doddabetta Peak can offer. This is possible as the topography of the Doddabetta Range reveals a remarkable flattened curve at its summit.

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Apart from the Doddabetta Peak being the pinnacle of the Plateau of the Nilgiris, it also features thick and dense forest area that covers the entire region as well. The Doddabetta Peak encompasses a collection of Sholas [Patches of small moist evergreen subtropical and tropical broadleaf forest] that cover the hollow sections of the Doddabetta slopes. The somewhat diminutive rhododendron trees spanning amidst the thick coarse grassland including herbal plants and flowering sub-alpine shrubs are a common sight near the Doddabetta Peak.

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The name "Doddabetta" traces its roots from the Badaga/Kannada language translating into 'Big Mountain'.

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The peaks Hecuba (2375 m), Kattadadu (2418 m) and Kulkudi (2439 m) are the three closely linked summits in the west of the Doddabetta range near to Udagamandalam

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The area surrounding Doddabetta is mostly forested. Sholas cover the hollows of its slopes. Slightly stunted, rhododendron trees, in the midst of thick coarse grass, flowering sub-elphine shrubs and herbs are common, even very near the peak.

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There is an observatory at the top of Doddabetta with two telescopes available for the public to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the whole district. It opened on June 18, 1983 and is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). The average number of viewers in 2001-2002 was 3500 per day in season and 700 per day in the off season.

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Places to visit in Ooty

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