Telescope House at the summit of Doda Betta
|Elevation||2,637 m (8,652 ft)|
|Prominence||2,256 m (7,402 ft)|
|Location||Udagamandalam, Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Easiest route||Doddabetta Road|
Doddabetta (Tamil: தொட்டபெட்டா) 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. It is the third highest peak in south India next to Anamudi and Meesapulimala. The Chamundi Hills can be viewed from the peak.
The name 'Doddabetta' traces its roots from the Badaga language translating into 'Big Mountain'.
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
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.
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. See panoramic photograph taken from the Telescope House.
Nilgiri Hills from atop Doddabetta
View of Ooty (Udagamandalam) from Doddabetta peak
Hydrangeas at Doddabetta peak
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