Laid in 1848, this Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 22 hectares and sits on the foothills of Dodabetta Peak; the highest peak of Nilgiri Hill Ranges. The garden is divided into several sections, namely Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, The Conservatory and The Nursery. It houses a thousand species of plants, shrubs, ferns, herbal, bonsai plants and trees. In the center, a 20-million years old fossilized tree trunk is placed.
The garden’s boundless and expansive collection of flora makes it one of the best attractions of Ooty that is often flocked with researchers and nature lovers. Best thing about this garden is its climate; it turns into a haven especially during summers when the maximum temperature does not go beyond 28 degrees Celsius. Toda Mund is another reason to visit this place, it is amongst the highlights of Botanical Garden, and gives an insight of the Todas tribe of Ooty.
Every year, at least 1.5 lac tourists visit the garden during the Flower Show that spans for two days. During the festival Indian and Japanese flower arrangements, vegetable carving, flower rangoli, Bonsai and floral decorations are majorly enjoyed by its attendees.