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.
TimingAll days of the week 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
PREFFERED BYNature Lovers ,Wanderers, Photo Fanatics
TIME SPENT1 to 2 hours
ENTRY FEERs 10 per person for children Rs 20 per person for adults Rs 30 per camera still photography 100 per camera videography
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AttractionsNatural beauty; Lake, view point and parks
Best SeasonWinters, October to June
LANGUAGESTamil, Telugu, Kannada, and English