Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Doddabetta - Ooty

This is a continuation of the previous post. After spending wonderful time at Pine forest we motored on to Doddabetta, which is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills, at 2637 metres (8650 feet). There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is 9 km from Ooty,on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road.It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. The name "Doddabetta" traces its roots from the Badaga/Kannada language translating into 'Big Mountain'. 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. Here are some pics taken during the trip:

1.Lady vending groundnuts:
2.Woolens on sale
3.Fresh delicious carrots:
4. Assortment of colorful hats5.A caricature artist seriously at work with a crowd of curious onlookers
6.The subject of the caricature
7. Crowd atop Doddabetta
8. The Observatory & Mermaid garden
9.Huge crowds queuing up to see of the panoramic view
10. The scintillating panoramic views
11. Our family posing for some snaps & tasting Nilgiri tea !
12. Pics of the Locomotive which powers the tiny Nilgiri Mountain Railway(pics taken at Coonoor)


  1. To be honest, after criss-crossing OOtty for almost twenty years I can only see that my opinion is that the hills are destroyed by crude acts of man, be it obscene concrete constructions , or even the insipid way the mermaid garden etc are kept. What ever may be the faults of the British their architecture and upkeep of the area was very good. In the hands of the natives it is like a flower garland at the hands of a primate!

  2. Lovely set of pictures, specially the carrots.

  3. Ooty always sounds so inviting to us as our relatives say so! I enjoy hill stations - for the panoramic views and the coolness.

  4. @anilkurup: You are spot on. When I visited Doddabetta around 35 years ago there was hardly a soul there and the place was far more peaceful & nice without the intimidating crowds jostling you for space. And we had the observatory all to ourselves :)

  5. Nice clicks. Last time i wanted to visit Doddabetta i was asked to go back by the policemen as it was over crowded. Hope to visit it some time during the off season.


  6. beautiful place........
    lovely pics..........
    sweet family :-)



  7. I like all the variety of the pics...Your family is beautiful as they pose! Nice view!

  8. Wow! what a crowd? I had been to Doddabetta 12 years ago. It was crowded then but not so much!

  9. Thank you for the glimpses of Ooity and Doddapetta.

  10. Thank you for the glimpses of Ooity and Doddapetta.

  11. We had been to all these places a few years back. Nice to remember all those places once again, thank you.

  12. Beautiful photos from a lovely place and of your family.
    What a view.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. nice clicks, carrots look super fresh, nice family pics..hope u all had a great time :)

  14. How I love to walk around those markets selling local fruits and woollens and all...

    lovely pictures!

  15. This is the kind of stuff I enjoy, not so much the indoor stuff. Very nice family you have, Ram.

  16. I traveled,was shopping in Doddabetta with you today! That was a great trip.
    Looks groundnuts are different from ones in Japan.I know your country has produced high quality woolens.What a lady is holding is a woolen hat ?The panoramic views are gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Have a good day.

  17. oh i just love those fresh red carrots.

  18. wow...great snaps!so refreshing!

  19. Beautiful set of captures! I especially loved the artist one, his concentration really amazes me!

  20. Looks like a fun trip, great views, no wonder it's so popular!

  21. I like this idea of having raw carrots which I miss in Kolkata....

  22. My friend,
    Beautiful pictures. I must admit...I like the mermaid house. All were very interesting indeed.

  23. I never get tired or bored watching market pictures and panoramic views.In fact, I adore this kind of pictures.

    Your pictures also have people in them - and that what makes them so captivating.

  24. What a lovely collection of pictures from your trip. It must have been wonderful there. I would like to have shopped there some of the delicious looking nuts :)

  25. ♫♫°º
    Olá, amigo!
    Gosto da série de fotos... um belo passeio!
    Bom fim de semana!
    º° ✿¸.•°❤

  26. Hello Ram,

    Wonderful trip to Doddabetta and your excellent narration and lovely photos are fantastic.

    I was at Kottagiri for an NCC camp for the selection of Republic parade at New Delhi when I was in college.That was way back in 1067. Although I have heard and read about Ootty and Doddabetta I never had the chance to be there. Now you have fulfilled one of my long felt desires by showing me around Doddabetta.

    Best wishes,

  27. Great street scenes. The observatory is so unique... not to mention the mermaid! :-)

  28. Blessings....
    All the food the venders were selling looks so good and fresh. Made me hungry watching or perhaps its because its 1:48 PM and i havent eaten for the day yet.

    Nice pics. you do a lot of travelling i see.


  29. This brings back memories of my Ooty trip many years ago. It was crowded but we had a great time!

  30. nice coverage of the place

    photo also good esp loco

    thanks for sharing wonderful journey

  31. Visited this place long back. Seeing your pictures, I want to visit again.

  32. There are some wonderful memories associated with this place...I am in love with Ooty.i've visited this place thrice and each time it was with different set of people.

    First was with my Dad, when i was 10 years old, then with my cousins when i was 16 yrs old and then after a long time with my in-laws, hubby and my darling daughter...

    Each visit was memorable and the scenic beauty can't be expressed in words:)

    Loved the pics....thanks a lot for sharing these:)


  33. These pictures bring back a lot of memories. :) Thank you.

  34. Gosh! that's a long queue for the telescope viewing. :)

  35. Gosh! that's a long queue for the telescope viewing. :)

  36. Informative post about Ooty with nice pic.

  37. Doddabetta is a nice place to visit in Ooty. This is one of the famous places to visit in Ooty. Thanks for sharing this post. Well written about your experience. I was amazed to visit this place. If anyone wants to travel this ooty then book Bus Tickets in advance to comfort the trip.


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