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Telescope House at the summit of Doda Betta
Elevation 2,637 m (8,652 ft)[1]
Prominence 2,256 m (7,402 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
List of Indian states and territories by highest point
Doddabetta is located in Tamil Nadu
Location of Doddabetta within Tamil Nadu, India
Location Udagamandalam, Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu, India
Range Nilgiri Hills
Coordinates 11°24′08.7″N 76°44′12.2″E / 11.402417°N 76.736722°E / 11.402417; 76.736722Coordinates: 11°24′08.7″N 76°44′12.2″E / 11.402417°N 76.736722°E / 11.402417; 76.736722[1]
Easiest route Doddabetta Road
Detailed map of surrounding area

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 fourth highest peak in south India next to Anamudi, Mannamalai and Meesapulimala. The Chamundi Hills can be viewed from the peak.[citation needed]


The name 'Doddabetta' traces its roots from the Baduga 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-alpine shrubs and herbs are common, even very near the peak.[2][3]

Telescope House[edit]

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.[4] See panoramic photograph taken from the Telescope House.



  1. ^ a b c "Southern Indian Subcontinent: 4 Mountain Summits with Prominence of 1,500 meters or greater" Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  2. ^ PLACES OF INTEREST, retrieved 8/31/2007 DODDA BETTA
  3. ^ District Administration, Nilgiris (8/20/2007) National Informatics Centre, Nilgiris, retrieved 8/31/2007 Hills and Peaks
  4. ^ District Administration, Nilgiris (8/20/2007) National Informatics Centre, Nilgiris, OOTY / UDHAGAI / UDHAGAMANDALAM / OOTACAMUND, retrieved 8/17/2007 DODDABETTA:

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