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Telescope House at the summit of Dodda Betta
Highest point
Elevation2,637 m (8,652 ft)[1]
Prominence2,256 m (7,402 ft)[1]
List of Indian states and territories by highest point
Coordinates11°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]
Doddabetta is located in Tamil Nadu
Location of Doddabetta within Tamil Nadu, India
LocationUdagamandalam, Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu, India
Parent rangeNilgiri Hills
Easiest routeDoddabetta Road
View from the Doddabetta Peak - Ooty, Tamil Nadu.
Detailed map of surrounding area

Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Mountains at 2,637 metres (8,652 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, 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 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. It was opened on 18 June 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]


  1. ^ a b c "Southern Indian Subcontinent: 4 Mountain Summits with Prominence of 1,500 meters or greater". Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Places of Interest:Doddabetta". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Hills and Peaks". National Informatics Centre, Nilgiris. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Ooty, Nilgiris". National Informatics Centre, Nilgiris. 20 August 2007. Archived from the original on 14 January 2011.

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