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BRINDAVAN / VRINDAVAN GARDEN MYSORE

The Vrindavan or Brindavan Garden is a terrace garden which elevates the beauty of the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in Mysore. Well planned by the Dewans of Mysore, the Vrindavan Gardens is a botanical park with a number of plants, and lively fountains. The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. The garden is visited by close to 2 million tourists per year and is one of the major attractions near the city of Mysore.

The Krishnarajasagara dam was constructed under the guidance of Sir Mirza Ismail, the Dewan of Mysore. As a part of beautification of the dam site, Sir Mirza Ismail conceived a plan of developing a garden in Mughal style with a design similar to that of Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir. The main architect for the park was G.H. Krumbigal, then Superintendent of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore Government.

The garden is maintained by the Cauvery Niravari Nigama (Cauvery Irrigation Department), a Government of Karnataka enterprise. It is spread across an area of 60 acres (240,000 sq. m). Adjoining it is also a fruit orchard spread across 75 acres (300,000 sq. m) and 2 horticultural farms, Nagavana (30 acres) and Chandravana (5 acres). The garden is laid out in 3 terraces which contain water fountains, Ficus trees, foliage plants such as Duranta plumaria and Euphorbia and flowering plants like Celosia, Marigold and bougainvillea. The garden is open to general public and an entry-fee is charged. The garden also has topiary works (sculptures of animals created by clipping shrubs), pergolas (shaded passageway covered by creepers) and gazebos.

The Musical and dancing fountain, is the main attraction of the visitors. The water, coloured light and music are harmonized in the fountain to create a water ballet controlled by an aquatic organ operated through a controller. Water is pumped to the fountain and the operation is computerised. All the other fountains run due to the water pressure from the dam. A laser vision has also been developed for visitors� attraction The illumination timing is the same as that for the garden. The musical and dancing fountain is located in the North Brindavan Garden. A gallery and rain shelter are provided for the viewers.

The garden is divided into

  1. The main gate area
  2. South Brindavan
  3. North Brindavan
  4. Childrens Garden

The Main Gate Area
The main gate is designed on the model of the India Gate, New Delhi. Rose gardens on either side of the gate are worth seeing. Attractive lawns, annual flowerbeds, perennial flowering plants, ornamental hedges are maintained.

South Brindavan
South Brindavan is the area near the Cauvery Statue. The area in front of the statue is the Kaveramma circle which has big sized water fountains. Distinct styles of terrace gardens can be seen here. Bougainvillea and allamanda plants are grown on the slopes of the terraces. A lawn is maintained in the terrace garden with annual and perennial flower beds and ornamental hedges in the periphery. Cypress plants are found in the centre. Dwarf statutes are found aplenty in the terraces and many fountains are also located. The fountain always sprinkles water and this is maintained by the water pressure when the dam in its full capacity. The garden is made more attractive with different coloured lights for illumination. This garden is most spectacular in the evenings when the area is illuminated with the fountains on. A glass house in the South Brindavan is used for propagating and maintaining different types of ornamental plants that are required for beautifying the Brindavan Gardens so also for sale at scheduled rates.

North Brindavan
North Brindavan consists of an area encompassing four extensive terraces. In each of the four terraces, extensive lawns, many ornamental annual and perennial flowerbeds and rows of ornamental trees are found. The terrace gardens are beautified with small fountains decorated with different coloured lights. Tree avenues of Sago Palm, copper pod, polyalthea are found in the road that runs parallel to the main dam road. Arches of Bougainvilleas and Bignonia venusta are found over the pathways on either side of the garden. Shrubs of Bougainvillea, Allamanda, Bignonia magnifica, Homskloidia sanguina are found on the slopes of the terraces. Many ornamental trees are also found in the North Brindavan gardens. An ornamental plant nursery is maintained for multiplication and maintenance of plants for sales.

A glass house with collection of cacti and succulents is maintained to cater to the needs of planting material for the garden and for sales. In between the North and South Brindavan is the river Cauvery. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride in the river. Boating facilities are also provided for tourists. These facilities are maintained by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation.

Childrens' Park
Located beside the South Brindavan towards the right is the Childrens' Park. In the park are found slide, and concrete animals, birds and aquatic species and items/structures for children to play.

Government Fruit Orchard
A fruit orchard has been established in an area of 75 acres near the North bank of the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. Established based on modern technology, the fruit orchard is a model farm; a place for teaching about fruit culture to the visitors and those interested in horticulture. This farm was developed with the aim of producing quality-planting materials of fruits and high yielding hybrid coconut seedlings. The fruits and plantation crops grown in this garden are Mango, Guava, Sapota, Litchi, Roseapple, Bilimbi, Aonla, Avacado, Malayan apple, Arecanut, Coconut etc.

The TxD (Tall x Dwarf Centrally sponsored scheme / Coconut hybrid development scheme has been in operation from the year 1968-69. Every year a large number of TxD hybrids are developed in this farm for distribution to the farmers. Perhaps, this is the most important hybrid coconut seedling production centre in the State.

Naguvana Horticulture Farm
Established in an area of 30 acres during 1972�73, this farm is an island near the main gate behind the dam. Various types of fruits plants and coconut trees are grown here. The Horticulture Training Centre of the Department of Horticulture is located in this farm. Every year a 10-month Horticulture training programme is organised for the rural youth of Mandya district.

Chandravana Horticulture Farm
This farm is developed in an area of 5 acres in the centre of the river Kaveri. Coconut and mango are grown in this farm. This farm looks like a beautiful island surrounded by water from July to January.

Cacti and Succulent Garden
A model cacti and succulents gardens is maintained near the office of the Senior Asistant Director of Horticulture. Many species of cacti and succulents are grown and this garden is worth seeing.

Places of Interest
  1. North Brindavan
  2. South Brindavan Gardens
  3. Arch Fountains
  4. Cross-fountain
  5. End fountains
  6. Cross Channel fountain
  7. RadhaKrishna Falls
  8. Umbrella fountain
  9. Childrens� park
  10. Pyramid Fountain
  11. Inverted Basket fountain
  12. Fountain in front of the Kaveramma statue
  13. Goddess Cauvery Statue

The garden was renovated in 2005 with a cost of Rs. 5 crore. The renovation included sprucing up the musical fountain using a digitised system and repairs of dysfunctional fountains. In 2007, the Gardens were closed for a brief duration as a safety measure to avoid trouble related to the Kaveri water dispute.

Brindavan Garden is open to the Public from 6.30 A.M. to 9.00 P.M. The Gardens are regularly illuminated on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 P.M.

Illumination Timings
January - September : Monday to Friday 7.00 to 7.55 p.m. 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.
October - December : Saturday to Sunday 7.00 to 8.55 p.m. 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.

For further details, please contact:
The Directorate of Horticulture
Lalbagh, Bangalore - 560 004
Phone Number: 080 -26571925, 26570181

The senior Assistant Director of Horticulture,
K.R.S., Mandya District,
Karnataka, India
Phone Number: 08236 - 657247

Distance from Bengaluru, Karnataka to Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh is 1992.5 km and takes around 29 h by road via NH7. Distance from Bengaluru to Brindavan Gardens, KRS Dam Road, Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, Mandya is 143.6 km and travel time is around 3 h 12 min via NH17.