An Adventurous Trip To Doddabetta
Whether you want to go on an adventurous trip with friends or a holiday with your family, Doddabetta peak is the perfect vacation destination surrounded by majestic hills and hazy clouds.
I appreciated this when I accompanied my friends to Doddabetta Peak for trekking. The night before, I managed to book a reliable Coimbatore to Ooty taxi along with an experienced driver. The ride was at our service the coming morning as early as 7 AM.
Highlights of Doddabetta
We decided to visit the best places along the way to make this journey an adventurous and memorable trip for all of us. Doddabetta is the fourth highest peak in South India, after Anamudi, Mannamalai, and Misapulimala.
Doddabetta is 10 kilometers away from Ooty. It is the highest peak of Mount Nilgiri, with an elevation of 2,637 meters. The word Doddabetta means a big mountain. Dodda means big, and Betta means mountain.
On reaching our destination, I decided to explore the telescope house at Doddabetta peak. The befitting praise of this heavy trek is witnessing the lovely 360-diploma panoramic view of the pristine Nilgiri Hills from the Telescope House. From here, one can spot Bandipur National Park and grassy plains of Coimbatore and Mysore at some stage in summers when the sky is clear.
Exploring the places
Next, I decided to visit the Doddabetta Tea factory with my friends. I came to know from one of my friends that the Doddabetta Tea Factory gives you the experience of the divine taste of fresh tea and is a must visit for tea enthusiasts. So being a chai lover, I wanted to visit this place without fail. We all enjoyed a cup of hot tea while admiring the natural beauty of Nilgiri’s highest mountain. I also bought tea samples as souvenirs for my family members.
Next, I decided to visit St. Stephen’s Church. I was fascinated with the satisfying architecture and spectacular stained glass windows, which gave the church a magical appearance in the Nilgiris region.
After the hearty visit to this holy place, we headed to the Place to Bee to enjoy the European dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and salads prepared out of locally sourced ingredients.
Next, we took a trip to Lake Ooty. It is an ideal place to relax and swim in the calm waters. This L-shaped artificial lake provides an incredible escape from the busy city while exploring the waters by rowing a boat or enjoying a mysterious forest resort in front of a toy train.
On the second day, I decided to Trek to Doddabetta peak. With the dense grass and fluffy clouds, I experienced the thrill of climbing the peak. Starting from the center city of Ooty, I choose one of the exciting hiking routes. The total distance is 10 kilometers. One can also take a car or a jeep to Doddabetta Peak, but trekking in the mountains will be an unforgettable experience.
After trekking, we went to Tea County Restaurant to enjoy a hot cup of tea with delicious snacks at the pocket-friendly and cozy cafe in Kotagiri town. The tea here is brewed using locally grown tea leaves that are rich in flavor and aroma. This was our last stop before heading home.
We booked our return cab using an affordable taxi booking app and bid goodbye to Ooty. The trip was truly an amazing experience with my dear friends.