Formerly known as the Jayalalitha Rose Garden, Centerary Rose Garden and Nootrandu Roja Poonga, The Government Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in India. It is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town in Tamil Nadu. The Rose Park was established at Vijayanagaram in Ooty town to commemorate the centenary Flower Show in Government Botanical Gardens, Ooty. The flowers are arranged in five curving terraces covering 4 hectares.
It is a huge garden that has more than hundreds of varieties of roses and is quite popular among the tourists. You can also buy plants or seeds here. It is spread across 10 acres of land and houses some of the largest collections of roses in the country which include miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, ramblers, floribunda and black & green roses. The Rose Garden is not a delight for the eyes and the senses but also a must-visit for those interested in horticulture. The garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. In 2006, this garden was recognized as the ‘Garden of Excellence’ by the World Federation Rose Society.
The opening and closing time of the Government Rose Garden is 8.30 AM to 6.00 PM daily. The entrance fee is Rs. 20 per person. If you want to carry a still or video camera, you’ll have to pay Rs. 30 or Rs. 75 respectively