Doddabetta peak stands at a height of around 8,650 feet that makes it the highest peak in Nilgiris and fourth highest in South India. The name “Doddabetta” translates to “Big Mountain”. The peak lies at the junction between Western and Eastern Ghats. This popular tourist destination is situated just 10 kms away from the main town. Pack a good pair of binoculars to enjoy the panoramic beauty of this picturesque landscape to the fullest. There is also a Telescope House (with 2 telescopes) at the peak, managed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation so that the tourists can get a better view from the top. A trek up to the Peak is not a challenging one. On a clear sunny day, you can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore from atop of the peak. The peak is enveloped by a reserved forest area that has several endangered species of flora and fauna. The place is a hotspot for bird watchers. For birding, one has to reach the place in the morning before the place gets crowded with people. One can surely see Nilgiri Laughing Thrushes here. Tea Museum adjacent to the peak is another rejuvenating experience.

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Travel tips:

The place is open to visitors daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm though the best view can be caught during the sunrise and sunset hours. Nominal entry fee is charged. Parking is available. Public transportation to the place is readily available. For eat outs, there are tea stalls and kiosks on the highway towards Doddabetta peak.