At a distance of 2 km from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station and 3.5 km from Ooty Lake, the Government Rose Garden is a beautiful garden situated near Charring Cross in the beautiful hill station of Ooty. Formerly known as the Jayalalitha Rose Garden or Centenary Rose Park, the Rose Garden is one of the largest rose gardens in India and also one of the popular Ooty tourist places.
The Rose Garden was established in 1995 to commemorate the centenary of Ooty flower show. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 m on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram area of Ooty town. This garden consists of five terraces in an area of 10 acres and has more than 2800 variety of roses. This garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. This garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. In 2006, it was recognized as a garden of excellence by the World Federation of Rose Societies.
Originally home to less than 2,000 plants, the garden now has more than 20,000 plants with several varieties of roses like miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, floribunda, ramblers, black and green roses and many other unique varieties. Roses of unusual colours, including green and black, can also be seen in this garden. Moreover, the perfect location of Nila Maadam, an observation platform, allows visitors to clearly view the entire Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is not only a delight for the eyes and the senses but also a must-visit for those interested in horticulture.
Winter & early summer are the best seasons to witness the beauty of roses here.
Timings: 8. 30 AM - 6. 30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Person, Rs. 30 for Camera & Rs. 75 for Video