Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Fairyland – Brindavan gardens
Located around 19 kilometres from the heart of Mysore, spread over an area of 150 acres, these beautiful gardens are laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar dam built across the river Cauvery.
The Krishnaraja Sagar Dam (KRS) is an example of excellent engineering and was built by Sir M. Vishveswariah, one of India's finest engineers, in 1924.
He used 'surkhi' a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of cement. The dam was amongst the first in the world to have automatic sluice gates. The 3 kilometer long dam 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 project.
The work on laying out these gardens was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932.
The Brindavan Gardens, are rated as one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world !
These gardens are enriched with a number of terraces, innumerable fountains in different shapes and sizes, decorated with coloured lighting, running and cascading waterchannels, water chutes, lush green lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees and are famous for the illuminated dancing musical fountains that come to life after sunset.
All fountains run due to the water pressure from the dam.
The best time to visit the gardens is in the evening, after sunset, when all the bright colourful fountains come alive and the entire garden is transformed into a fairyland !
The whole environ seems ethereal and enchanting and is a sight to behold !
From this enchanting place we proceeded back to the hotel, looking forward for the next day’s trip to Chamundeshwari temple and St. Philomenas Church.
Note: The Brindavan gardens remain illuminated from 7.00 pm to 7.55 pm from Monday to Wednesday and from 7.00 pm to 8.55pm on Saturdays and Sundays. During Dusshera Festival, the garden is illuminated every day.