Dodabetta is the highest mountain peak of the Nilgiri Hills and stands for 'Big Mountain' in Kannada language. The mountain stands tall at a height of 8650 feet and is about 9 km from the city of Ooty and is accessible via the Ooty-Kotagiri Road.
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One can get a clear view of the Chamundi Hills from the Dodabetta. The other peaks visible from atop the Dodabetta are Kulkudi, Kattadadu and Hecuba. All these three peaks lie close to Udagamandalam. The uniqueness of Dodabetta lies in its summit that is actually a flattened curve.
The peak is another popular tourist attraction in Ooty. Around 3500 tourists visit the peak per day during the tourist season of April and May. To make the visit to the peak more interesting forest officials have added an observatory on top of the mountain. There are two telescopes that the tourists can use to get a view of the scenic valley.