Government Botanical Garden

No honeymoon trip to Ooty is complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens. Take a leisurely walk around the 55-hectacre garden. Plenty of lovely spots to capture photos and selfies. Relax on the lawn after visiting all the parts of the Garden.

Timing: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
Tickets: Rs 40 for Adults, Rs 20 for Kids
Camera: Rs 50
Spend Time: 1:30 Hrs

The Botanical Garden was laid out in the year 1848 during the British Era. The original layout was designed by the Marquis of Tweedale and the architect was William Graham. The setting up of the garden was overseen by Mr.W.G.McIvor from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It took ten years to create this masterpiece garden. 

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The entire garden is divided into 6 sections – New Garden, Lower Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, Conservatory and Nurseries. The Lower Garden consists of the entrance, lawn and a fern house. You can see the Indian Map, completely made of herbs of various hues and shades. The New Garden consists of a Rose Garden and Pond filled with aquatic plants. You can also see the carpet emblems of the state and nation here. As you climb upwards from the New Garden, you step into the Italian Garden. This garden got its name as this region was completely laid out by Italian prisoners of the First World War. The Conservatory was added to the Garden in 1912. You will get to see numerous flowering plants here. Walk a little East away from the Conservatory, and you will see a Bog garden with plenty of marsh loving plants. If you want to buy some saplings or seeds, then heed to the Nurseries.

 

As you can see, there are plenty of beautiful locations for you to take your couple shot. If you want formal portraits, you can hire the services of the local photographers to do it for you. They give you prints in just a few hours. These photos will be great souvenirs of your honeymoon trip in Ooty.

 

FAQs

 

  • What are the opening and closing times of the Botanical Garden?

The Gardens open to public at 7:00 am in the morning and close by 6.30 pm.

 

  • How much is the entrance fee?

The entry fee for adults in INR 30 and for children below 10 years is INR 15.

 

  • Is there camera fee?

Yes, you need to pay INR 30 for camera and INR 100 for videos.

 

  • Are there guides in the Garden?

No, you don’t need any guides. You can explore the garden on your own.

 

  • When is the best time to visit the Botanical Garden?

The best time to visit the Garden and see all the flowers in bloom would be between March and May. However, if you don’t like crowds, plan your visit during September.

 

  • When does the Flower Show happen?

The flower show is conducted in the month of May every year. It usually happens during a weekend.

 

  • How much time do we need to explore the garden?

To completely explore all the sections in the garden, you will need 3 to 4 hours. but 1:30 hrs is fair enough to visit this place

 

  • Is there a restaurant inside the Botanical Garden?

There is no restaurant inside, but there is a café where you can get tea, coffee, milk and snacks.

  • Can I buy plants here?

Yes you can , there is separate counter for it, but aware there are local shops selling seeds in packets. Buy them on your own risk, always buy from botanical garden nursery 

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