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Visit Ooty Botanical Garden

Spread over a large area of 22 hectares, this beautifully constructed garden is located in the heart...

Spread over a large area of 22 hectares, this beautifully constructed garden is located in the heart of the city. It was designed by the architect William Graham McIvor in 1847, under the supervision of George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale, the then Governor of Madras (now Chennai). The garden is home to more than 650 species of flowers and trees. One of the must see attraction of this garden is a fossil tree that is believed to be 20 millions year old. There are a few Toda huts on the hills just above the garden where the Todas (the original tribes of Ooty) live. One can get a glimpse of their culture and lifestyle along with shopping at an outlet, located at the entrance of the garden, that sells Toda silver jewellery and embroidered shawls.

Visitors can see orchids, roses, imported shrubs, exotic plants, thirty kinds of Eucalyptus trees, herbs and bonsai plants. The whole area is categorised into six parts i.e. the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory, Fountain Terrace and Nurseries. Botany students must visit this garden as it has rare tree species like the cork tree, monkey puzzle tree (as monkey can’t climb this tree) and the paperbark tree. One can also attend an exhibition of rare plant species that is organised by Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department every year in the month of May.

Timing

All days of the week 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

PREFFERED BY

Nature Lovers ,Wanderers, Photo Fanatics

TIME SPENT

1 to 2 hours

ENTRY FEE

Rs 10 per person for children Rs 20 per person for adults Rs 30 per camera still photography 100 per camera videography

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Natural beauty; Lake, view point and parks
  • Altitude

    2240 m
  • STD Code

    0423
  • Best Season

    Winters, October to June
  • State/Code

    /643001
  • LANGUAGES

    Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and English