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Ooty Botanical Gardens:

The most charming pick among the Ooty tourist places list, this botanical gardens is a treat for all the nature lovers. It bears some amazing plants that attract the gardening lovers from all over the country to the place only to view the rare species of plants. The botanical gardens were laid out in 1848 and are maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. Replete with various stunning varieties of flowers, ferns, and orchids, the gardens are a sight to behold. It is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for all the nature lovers.

The foundation of Ooty Botanical Garden was laid down in the year 1848 and was designed so as to have a terraced terrain. The slopes of the hill lie at an ascent of 2500 metres above mean sea level, as a result of which the garden enjoys a temperate climate ideal for a number of plants and shrubs to grow.

The Botanical garden in Ooty is home to many rare species of trees, chief among them being the cork tree, the only one of its kind in India.

The paper bark tree, the monkey puzzle tree and an old fossilized tree estimated to be 20 million years old round out the other rare species. The monkey puzzle tree has been named so because even monkeys fail to climb it. In addition to these, a number of exotic and indigenous vegetation of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants are found here as well.

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