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Places of Interest

Botanical Garden

Government Botanical Garden, Ooty :  William Graham McIvor was the architect of this large garden. This garden on the lower slopes Doddabetta was laid out in 1848, in an area spreading to 22 hectares ascending the slopes on the hill at an elevation of 2400 – 2500 meter above sea level. The gardens were established by European residents for the purpose of supplying vegetables at a reasonable cost too.

The garden is divided into six different sections :

I.Lower Garden
II.New Garden
III. Italian garden
IV. Conservatory
V. Fountain terrace
VI. Nurseries.

Well maintained lush green lawns , exotic and rare species of flora are special features of the park: The Cork tree which is probably the only one of its kind in India; the paper bark tree, monkey puzzle tree, and a 20 million year old fossilized tree [presented by the Geological Survey of India, from the National Fossil Park, Tiruvakkarai, of South Arcot District, Tamil Nadu]; Italian style garden bordering a clear pool; a vast variety of flowering bushes and plants myriad hues [exotic and ornamental]; Fern house with vast range of ferns and orchids speaks about the gardens rich and exotic flora occupants. A Flower Show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is being held every year in the month of May at this Garden. This garden is maintained by Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department.

Botanical Garden:  

Botanical GardenRose Garden : This garden was established to commemorate the Centenary Flower Festival in 1995, at Vijayanagaram in Udhagamandalam in an area of 4 hectares, in five terrace set up. The Rose Garden is situated on the lower slopes of the Elk Hill on the North-Western side, facing the Udhagamandalam Town. It is about 1 Km from the Udhagamandalam Railway Junction and Bus Terminus, accessible with roads from both sides of the garden.

Initially, the Park which had 17256 rose plants from 1919 varieties, expanded to nearly 20,000 plants from 2241 varieties. This garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. There is a view point in the park called Nila Madam, which gives the whole some view of the entire park.

Lake Park : Is located on the banks of Ooty lake, Opposite to the Railway station and very near to the Bus terminus. Funded by the Tourism Department, under the Hill Area Development Programme, reclaimed area of the lake was used to form an exotic garden in the year 1977. The park is illuminated during the dark hours, which adds more colour to it. A fibre glass dome was constructed in the year 1978.


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