Brindavan Gardens (Krishnaraja
Built in 1924, this is India's
first irrigation dam. Sir.M.Vishweswariah, the engineer who designed and
built this dam, has shown his acumen in converting a dam site into a
beautiful garden with colourful fountains and ponds downstream. The dam is
named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed
this novel project. KRS represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement
in pre-independence India and was among the first in the world to use
automatic sluice gates. Locally available surkhi was used instad of
importing cement from England (a scarce commodity in those days).
With his slogan of "Industrialize or Perish," Sir. M.V. as he is better
known, this visionary engineer built not only the KRS dam but a whole chain
of generating stations and industries to modernise the then princely Mysore
state at the beginning of this century. Krishnaraja Sagar also has an
engineering (hydraulics) research station to study water flow, control, and
design of dams.
Brindavan gardens is located 12 Kms north-west of Mysore city and has
rows-of colourful fountains. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from
the south bank to the north bank and at the northern edge are the dancing
fountains. Using advanced lighting techniques, the fountains are made to
jump and dance to the tune of music. The dam is over 3 Kms long and is
constructed at the junction of three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and
Lakshmanathirtha. This site has been popularised over the years by the large
number of Indian/foreign films shot at this location.
K.R. Sagar is located in a pivotal postion overlooking the entire gardens.
The northern bank also houses a well established horicultural nursery
providing good variety of fruit/flowering plants. At 6.30 PM the garden
lights up with fountains shining to different coloured lights. The variety
of flower beds glow in the light adding to the charm. This spectacular sight
makes Brindavan gardens unique and it lasts till 8 PM every day (longer
K.R. Sagar dam is well connected to Mysore by road and rail (Arasikere line)
There are many tourist buses going directly to Bangalore. This dam has not
only served as a model to several dams in India, but is also a testimony to
prove the superiority of surkhi (a mixture of brick powder and lime) over
cement, in dam construction. The best season to visit KRS is June-July when
the monsoon brings in plenty of water which gushes through the sluice gates
which open automatically after the maximum head of 124 Feet is reached. The
beauty of KRS can be enjoyed all year long except during the summer months,
when there might be little water in the lake.
ILLUMINATION AT BRINDAVAN GARDENS
Illumination timings of Brindavan Gardens at
Krishnaraja Sagar has been extended from 6.30 pm to
9.30 pm from Oct. 19 to 23.
The entry to the Gardens is open to the tourists and
public on all the days from Oct. 1 to 31.
The illumination timings are from 6.30 pm to 7.25pm
from Monday to Friday and from 6.30 pm to 8.25 pm on
Saturdays and Sundays.
Entry to the tourists will be restricted half an
hour before the closing of illumination.
However, the timings will be from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
from Oct. 12 to
21st, on account of Dasara festivities.
On all these days, entry to the visitors will be
stopped 30 minutes prior to the close of
is a show garden that has a beautiful botanical
park, full of exciting fountains, as well as boat
rides beneath the dam. Diwans of Mysore planned and
built the gardens in connection with the
construction of the dam. Display items include a
musical fountain. Various biological research
departments are housed here. There is a guest house
for tourists. It is
situated at Krishna Raja Sagara dam.