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Ooty Rose Garden

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Ideal Time: 1-2 hours

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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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INR 20 per person,
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Ooty Rose Garden, Ooty Overview

Ooty Rose Garden is a mesmerizing garden in the heart of the town of Ooty, in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the Jayalalithaa Rose Garden, the Nootrandu Roja Poonga and the Centenary Rose Park. Nature lovers are drawn to the Rose Garden like bees to honey. The view of the lush green garden with areas dedicated to captivatingly fragrant roses is a sight to remember. The flowers add more than just colour and attract visitors from all age groups, especially those who are interested in the study of Botany. You are bound to feel like you have entered a different world as you stroll leisurely across the beautifully landscaped garden.

The beautiful Ooty Rose Garden is located on the Elk Hill slopes in Ooty and was established in 1995 to commemorate the Centenary Flower Show. The garden is also known as one of the famous botanical gardens maintained by the Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu. It occupies a vast expanse of over four hectares on the hill slopes. Here one may find a variety of roses in different colours and sizes. Families prefer visiting the garden over a picnic with their kids while couples find this place a romantic and quick getaway from a busy schedule. If visiting during the season, one may catch the flower show at the Ooty Rose Garden. The flower show is the time the country has the highest production of colourful and fragrant roses. Visitors can purchase saplings or buy bouquets for their loved ones.

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Visitors can find a variety of roses at the Ooty Rose Garden. The collection is vast and includes locals, non-local and hybrid varieties of roses. These have been sourced from all over the world and include Ramblers, Hybrid Tea Roses, Polyanthus, Floribunda, Green Roses, Black Roses, and Miniature Roses.

1. Ooty Rose Garden expands over an area of four hectares on the slopes of Elk Hills. The entire park has several terraces adorned with rose shrubs and other flowering plants. These terraces curve along the hill slopes and give a mesmerizing view to the garden. The climatic conditions in Ooty are apt for a considerably longer season of bloom.

2. The layout of the garden consists of bowers with creepers of rose, Pergolas and Rose Tunnels. There is an observation platform, also called the Nila Maadam, from where visitors can get a beautiful view of the entire garden.

3. When the Garden was initially established, there were about 17,000 plants with over 1900 varieties of colourful and fragrant roses. Today, there is an assortment of about 20,000 roses and 2,800 plants; making it one of India’s largest collection of roses.

4. The Rose Garden has been recognised by the World Federation of Rose Societies who appreciated this garden with the Garden Of Excellence Award for the Best Rose Garden in South Asia in 2006. The Ooty Rose Garden is one of the 35 gardens that have received this honour.

The best time to visit the beautiful garden is between March and June as the flowers are in full bloom during this time. The Ooty Flower Show is usually held in May. For the ones who want to avoid the summers can visit from November and February, however, they may find only a few roses as it may not be the blooming season for those varieties.

1. Parking Space is available.
2. Visitors need to climb up the hill to explore all the levels of the garden.
3. Although there are seats installed along with shelters all through the garden, the elderly visitors may want to reconsider their trip or explore only the first few levels.
4. Picking flowers is restricted.
5. Ooty receives unexpected rains occasionally, so check the weather forecast and carry an umbrella.

Ooty Rose Garden is easily accessible by road from any part of Ooty. Tourists can hail one of the several options of public transport available from buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis. Those exploring Ooty by self-driven vehicles can reach the garden via the Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundelpet Highway followed by the Church Hill Road.

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