Ooty Botanical Gardens

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: INR 30 for Adults, INR 15 for kids.
Time Required
Two to three hours
7:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Nature Lovers, Couples and Families.

Quick Info

The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty covers a vast area of about 55 acres. It lies on the slopes of Doddabetta Peak at an altitude of about 2500 metres above sea level. The garden was laid out back in 1848. It has a terraced layout. With a rich variety of flora, the garden is divided into five sections each of which has a unique attraction.

Rankings & Ratings

A beautiful garden with colourful flowers arranged in impressive patterns.
Editor's Rankings

#2 in 5 Things to Do in Ooty
#1 in 2 Outdoor Activities & Parks in Ooty
#1 in 2 National Parks/Gardens in Ooty

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty has a great variety of beautiful flowers. The wonderful arrangement of the colourful flowers is a treat to the eyes. The place can offer many good opportunities for taking nice pictures. You can enjoy your visit to the full if you come here when it is not very crowded.


  • A complete treat for those who love flowers.
  • Wonderful pictures can be taken.
  • A great variety of flowers and trees.
  • Reasonable ticket price.
  • Beautiful arrangement of flowers.


  • Can get crowded during weekends and peak season.
  • Gets hot in the afternoon, especially in summer.
  • Not very well-maintained.
  • Long queues sometimes.
  • Extra charge for cameras.

Detailed Info

Situated at an elevation of about 2500 metres above sea level on the slopes of the Doddapetta Peak, the Government Botanical Garden is a must-visit attraction in Ooty. The garden, divided into five sections, covers a vast area of about 55 acres. It has a terraced layout. It was originally laid out in 1848 and over time, it has undergone several major changes. Today, it is one of the most beautiful gardens in the entire country.

The five sections of the garden are named Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory and Nursery. The Lower Garden has beautiful lawns and a fern house which is home to 127 species of ferns. The New Garden has a pond, rose garden and many majestic trees. The Italian Garden has colourful flowers laid out in a unique Italian pattern. The Conservatory is home to marsh plants and attractive flowers. The Nursery has eight glass houses and terrace gardens featuring exotic plants. An amazing flower show is arranged in this section. The show takes place in the summer season.

The most significant attraction in the garden is the fossil tree trunk which is estimated to be 20 million years old. It is at the centre of the garden. The Toda Hill in the garden is also very famous. It showcases the history of the native tribes of Ooty.