The Government Rose Garden was established in the year 1995 by Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops, at Udhagamandalam at an area of 4.40 hectares. The Rose Garden is situated in the lower slopes of the Elk Hill facing the Udhagamandalam town. It comprises almost 4000 varieties of roses populating approximately 28,000 plants. The collection includes Floribunda, Polyantha, Miniature, Hybrid Tea and Creepers decorated like arches, bowers, umbrellas, fountains etc.
There are five terraces in the Garden. The 1st terrace has a miniature rose gallery. The 2nd terrace is the largest terrace and is the main feature of the garden. The 3rd terrace is a small and elegantly designed terrace. The 4th terrace is a wide terrace, almost rectangular in shape. The 5th terrace is also planted with most collection of rose varieties. The slopes of the garden also feature the NilaMaadam, an observation platform, from which tourists can view the entire rose garden.
The rose garden received the Garden of Excellence Award for being the best rose garden in south Asia, from the World Federation of Rose Societies in May 2006. A visitor in this Rose Garden can feel the satisfaction of seeing almost all the varieties of roses in India. Every Year Annual Rose Show is conducted during 2nd week of May.