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Serene atmosphereAcres and acres of undulating landscape filled with a dazzling array of colours. Vast stretches of green grass get dotted with carefully nurtured thickets, tall trees and pristine water bodies. Tread softly in the neatly manicured lawns and lose your path into a world of some rare plants, aromatic plants and also medicinal plants. This is neither a poet's imagination nor a depiction of a painter's canvas. This is the true picture of the newly opened Hyderabad Botanical Gardens at Kothaguda near Hitec City.

All types of plants at one placeSpread over 120 acres of reserve forest area, the Hyderabad Botanical Gardens serves as a sight seeing place providing scientific knowledge about different plants and trees to the visitors. True to its name the Botanical garden is going to have all types of plants. According to the in-charge of the Garden, Mr. Hari Mohan Reddy, after completion of the project the Garden would comprise of all major varieties of Plant Kingdom and some rare species too. "In the first 30 acre area you can find various sectors like Aquatic, Bamboo, Palm; where particular type of plants were there", adds Mr. Reddy.

Aquatic zoneThe Aquatic sector, where one finds only water-loving plant species like Nelumbium (Lotus), Nymphyaea growing together. Enter the Bamboo sector and get greeted with some rare bamboo species such as the 'Running Bamboo' and also the 'Giant Bamboo' species brought specially from the far North East. "There are bout 1250 varieties of Bamboo plants exists in the world. Of them 900 species available in Asia and 125 species in India", explains Mr. Reddy and asks do you know how many varieties are there in Botanical Garden? 18 replies, Mr. Reddy with pride. Explore the Rockpool sector, Palm sector and the Ornamental sector and meanwhile stop to appreciate the age-old charm of Cycas, which have come to be known as Living Fossil.

Cycas, the living fossilWe know that most of the ornamental plants are crotons, but how many of us know that most of the crotons belong to Euphorbaceae family in the Plant Kingdom. If you visit the Botanical Garden, your knowledge about different plants certainly increases. After finishing a stroll in the Garden you will call the Neem plant as Azadiracta indica and Custard Apple as Annona squamosa. Almost all the plants in all sectors provided with nameplates having the common names along with scientific names.

AstersThe atmosphere at the Garden would be serene and silent with only tweets of the birds, if it would have built away from the highway. If the vehicular traffic is less on the road then you can enjoy the beauty of nature to full extent.

Developed jointly by AP Tourism Department and AP Forest Department under eco-tourism project, the Hyderabad Botanical Garden would soon be expanded to encompass another 90 acres with sectors such as Fernarium, Palaeo Botanical Garden, Fruit Garden and Sacred Plant Garden.

Timings: 9am to 6pm
Entry Fee: Adults Rs 10, Children Rs.5

How to reach: Ten minute drive from Hitec City towards Hyderabad Central University.
City Bus Numbers: 47K, 10H from Secunderabad station (stage Kothaguda) or you can catch other buses to Kothaguda from Hitec City too.

-Mohan G Jagan
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