One of the most visited places in Mysore by locals and by tourists is the famous Brindavan Gardens. Located about 19kms from the heart of Mysore these beautiful gardens are laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar dam built across the river Cauvery. These gardens are famous for the illuminated dancing fountains that come to life after sunset. The Krishnaraja Sagar Dam (KRS) (known as Kannambadi to the locals) itself is a superb example of excellent engineering and itself is a tourist attraction in Mysore. Sir M. Vishveswariah, one of India's finest engineers, built it in 1924.
He used 'surkhi' a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of
cement. The dam was among the first in the world to have automatic
sluice gates. The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore Sri
Krishnaraja Wodeyar who financed the dam. The dam is 3 kms long and is
located at the confluence of the rivers -Cauvery, Hemavati and
Lakshmanathritha. The lake that is formed by the dam is one of the
largest in India. The dam is a multipurpose project conceived by Sir M.
Vishveswariah for supplying water to the agricultural lands of Mandya
and Mysore districts and for ensuring power supply to the Shivanasamudra
Sir M. Vishveswariah is often called the architect of modern Mysore and
"the father of planning in India". The gardens were designed
by Sir Mirza Ismail another important and progressive Diwan of Mysore.
Spread over an area of 150 acres, the Brindavan Gardens is considered
one of the best gardens in India. The garden not only been meticulously
laid out and has beautiful lawns and shrubs, but has thousands of
fountains in different shapes and sizes that are lit with colorful lamps
and are set to pleasant music.
The best time to visit the gardens is after sunset when all the bright
colourful fountains come alive and seem to dance with joy to the
accompanying music. This is a sight worth beholding as the entire garden
is transformed into a fairyland. The Brindavan gardens remain
illuminated from 7.00pm to 7.55pm from Monday to Wednesday and from
7.00pm to 8.55pm on Saturdays and Sundays.