The Ooty Botanical Garden can be called as the pearl of Ootty. The queen of hill stations often known as Ooty is the capital city of Nilgiris district, Tamilnadu. The government botanical gardens, Tamilnadu is one of the widest gardens spreads over an area around 22.5 hectares. The beautiful garden is home to a variety of flower plants, medicinal plants, and huge trees. The numbers are literally countless in the garden. The garden flourishes in the lowest slopes of Peak Doddabetta.
The garden naturally has a terraced layout. It was established in the year 1848 under the leadership of an architect named William Graham Mclvor. Now the garden is managed by the Horticultural department of state Tamilnadu. The gorgeous beautiful garden lies at an average elevation of 2400 metres from the mean sea level. Due to its geographical conditions, the garden naturally has a cool climate. Mr. W.G Mclvor, the architect, and the co-workers took almost 10 years to complete the whole garden.
The garden is further dived into few sections. The lower garden, New garden, Italian garden, the conservatory, the Nurseries, the fountain terrace and the arboretum. The lower garden is the entrance with green meadows. The green lush is so beautiful to watch. The place has comparatively larger receiving area and can be used for a temporary halt. The main attraction of the lower garden is the carpet bed design over the green bushes. A glass house with a wide variety of species is situated very near to the lower gardens. We can also see the Raj Bhavan within the garden.
The Ooty New garden is the newely developed garden just after the lower garden or front gardens. The attractions of this garden are the widest range of roses. A rose garden with around 325 varieties of roses are one of the specialties of the new garden. Various flower beds are also arranged to match the sloppy portions of the peak. Ponds with aquatic plants are one of the other attractions. Various trees are also arranged in the sides of the grass lands. The Italian garden showcases the Italian style of gardening and was arranged by the italian prisoners of english east India company. The italian gardens stand out with its unique bed laying techniques and looks. The enduring flowers like larkspur, dahlia, delphinium, and salvia are the major attractions.
The Ooty conservatory was created in the early 1912s. It holds the collection of flowering plants which were formed from a grouping of two or more flowering plants. The plants blooms with flowers with various colors. The nurseries are situated on top most parts of the garden. The place is breeding place for various plants and trees. A wide variety of terraces with plants is the common view in the nurseries.
The Ooty Arboretum displays the collection of trees and woody plants. The arboretum holds the wide variety of trees including teak, pine, eucalyptus, and sandalwood. It was formed with an aim to preserve the trees along with humankind. The fossil tree trunk situated in the center of the garden is another attractions. The fossil is believed to about 20 million years old. It was gifted by a national geological survey of India to national botanical gardens, ootty.
Ooty Botanical Garden Entry Fees, Entry Time
Ooty Botanical Garden Timing:9 AM to 6:30 PM
Ooty Botanical Garden Fees: Rs 30 per Person (Adults), Rs 15 (Children from 5-10 yrs) and No fees for Children below 5 Years
Ooty Botanical Garden Camera Fees: Still camera For Rs 50/- and Video cam for Rs 100