Rising above the misty green valleys of Ooty standing tall at 2,637 metres, Doddabetta lives up to its name, which translates to “big mountain.” Perfectly placed between the Eastern and the Western Ghats, the Doddabetta peak is the perfect destination to head to if you wish to cherish the beauty of the landscape of the Nilgiris in its entirety. Offering a bird’s eye view of Ooty framed by the misty green hills of the Nilgiris, Doddabetta is a challenging yet rewarding climb of almost 3 km. A long trail winding through grassy slopes is disturbed only by the foggy mountain breeze and will take you to an awe-inspiring view of Ooty in the backdrop of the rolling Nilgiri hills.
Countless rugged and rustic trails winding through hillocks and countryside for around 10 km from Ooty town will take you to the foot of Doddabetta where you will be welcomed by a steep climb. The seemingly challenging trail amidst the green slopes of the peak will prove effortless as it gets you closer to the clouds. At the summit a telescope house awaits trekkers to give them a 360-degree panoramic view of the blue misty mountains of Nilgiris. One can lose oneself in the stunning views of the opulent greenery of the Bandipur National Park and the green plains of Coimbatore and Mysore spanning the horizon. For a refreshing hot cup of tea atop the peak, one can head to the Doddabetta Tea Factory, where the enthralling taste and aroma of freshly grown tea awaits you. True connoisseurs of tea must add the annual Tea and Tourism Festival, conducted at the tea factory, to their travel itinerary. With its wild charm and jaw-dropping views, Doddabetta and its aromatic atmosphere await any trekker weary of the noises and fatigue of mundane life.