Botanical Garden is counted amongst the top places to visit in Ooty. This good, old and grand garden is full of hundreds of flowers, plants and trees. Spreading over 50 acres, it is also hailed as one of the finest and most well-preserved botanical parks in India.
The garden opened its gates way back in 1847. Hence, it is needless to say that when you walk inside this garden, you not just stroll into a green paradise, but you also walk inside the very realms of Indian history. With over 650 species of plants, this place has plenty to brag and boast about. Some of its more popular and unique assets are the Monkey puzzle tree, Cork tree and paper bark tree. But the star attraction and an instant crowd-puller is the Fossil tree trunk which is believed to be over 20 million years old. Besides, there are many small ponds which are laced with stunning water lilies and lotuses.
The humongous garden is divided into several sections for the convenience of the tourists. The 6 major sections are:
• Lower Garden
• New Garden
• Italian Garden
• Fountain Terrace
Flower Show: One of the highlighted events of the garden is the Flower Show which is an annual ritual. Tourists get to feast their eyes on some rare species of flowers and potted plants during this event. The number of visitors also spiral up during this festival which usually lasts for a couple of days.
At some corners, tourists can also catch sights of statues and artifacts which add a dash of vintage charm to the corner. You can also ogle at some local birds which enjoy free residence over the giant trees.
Timings: 8 am- 6:30 pm (open every day)
Entry fee: Rs 20 (for adults), Rs 10 (for children)
Note: Rs 30 would be charged extra for bringing a camera