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Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Hyderabad extends over 120 acres in Kothaguda Reserve Forest near the hi-tech city, Madhapur. It contains medicinal plants, timber trees, fruit trees, ornamental plants, aquatic plants. It possesses water bodies, vast meadows, natural forests, grasslands and exquisite rock formations.

The Botanical Garden in Hyderabad, under the Tourism and Forest Departments, is divided into 19 sectors or 'Vanams'. It functions both as an eco-tourism project and a storehouse of plants for scientific, educational and aesthetic purposes

An exquisite eco-tourism site, the Botanical Garden at Hyderabad is a natural habitat for over 600 species like teak, rosewood, neem, mahua, etc. The area is similar to a dry deciduous forest with rock formations, like the Deccan Plateau. It is studded with pine and eucalyptus trees. The bamboo and palm sectors are pleasant walks. Innumerable species of flowers are found here.

Nature camps are often organized, comprising a guided tour, nature walk, bird viewing and interactive sessions.

The Botanical Garden of Hyderabad aims to create a repository of plants from diverse habitats and form a gene bank, generate public awareness regarding plant conservation, provide a recreational center and offer research facilities.

The garden offers facilities like parking, cafeteria (Poonami Snack Bar), seating benches, drinking water and toilet. The entry fee is Rs 10 (adult) and Rs 5 (child). You can also avail of this as a picnic spot against Rs 1000 in addition to entry tickets. Ornamental plants cost Rs 10 upwards.

The Botanical Garden lies along the Gachibowli-Miyapur highway, 3 kilometers from Madhapur. It is easily accessible by road. One can avail any bus heading for Kondapur or 10H, 47M, 47E from Secunderabad.

The Botanical Garden is a popular tourist destination in Hyderabad.

Last Updated on 12 July 2013