Brindavan Gardens, also called The Vrindavan Gardens, is a fine example of Karnataka’s rich heritage of art, culture and landscape. It is a perfect liaison between old architectural history and modern engineering. Built between 1924 and 1932, and spread across an area of 60 acres (240,000 m2), it is located approximately 18kms from the city of Mysore, in the Mandya District of the Indian State of Karnataka. This expansive Vrindavan garden Mysore boasts a variety of floras with intricate designs of shrubs and plant life with a formidable tourist attraction towards musical water fountains.
History And Structure Of Brindavan Garden Mysore
Sir Mirza Ismail, the Dewan of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore, founded this Mysore Garden. It’s built below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, which in itself is a classic example of architectural tourist attraction, named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar. Sri Krishnaraja was the chief financier of this project. The dam was constructed below the junction of three rivers, namely Kaveri or Cauvery, Hemavathi and Lakshmanateertha, in 1924.
Formerly called Kannambadi, it was named after the Shiva temple submerged in a reservoir of the location. The locals still refer to the dam by this name. River Kaveri or Cauvery flows across the garden, splitting it into North and South Vrindavan Garden, which also has become a destination for recreational boat rides. Initially named as Krishnaranjendra Terrace Garden, after the King, the Gardens were originally built to beautify the area surrounding the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam.
The inspiration of this Mysore garden was taken by various other gardens and landscapes along with major architecture sites all over India. Primarily being the Mughal Gardens of Kashmir, especially the Shalimar garden, built by Emperor Jahangir. Its sub-divided into four prime sections namely,
The Main Gate, which is roughly based on the design of the India Gate in New Delhi. It’s the main opening and has a garden of roses on its either sides.
The North Brindavan is structured in the form of four terraces with a spectacular view of flowerbeds and row of ornamental trees. Also, it is one of the most attractive areas with the presence of small colourful water fountains illuminating small plants, thereby increasing its beauty even more. Moreover, there is an amazing nursery that houses ornamental plants of this region.
The South Brindavan is the area situated near the famous statue of Goddess Kaveri. This area is the home of the famous Musical Water Fountains, a plethora of plants and a splendid slopy ground throughout the location. The plants and flowers include Bougainvillaea and Allamanda with hedges of Cypress plants. Ficus trees and flower-based plants such as Marigold and Celosia are common occurrences here. At the same time, it also has a glasshouse where these plants are sold to the general public.
Common Attractions of The Brindavan Gardens
The Children’s Garden/Park, which is located towards the right of the South Brindavan is specially catered for children with slides, swings and other recreational activities. There are provisions for refreshments as well as we know children are always hungry!
Charismatic Musical Fountains
The main and the most common attraction of Vrindavan Garden Mysore is the Musical fountains also called the Dancing fountains which includes Cross channel fountain, The Umbrella Fountain, The Pyramid Fountain and
The Inverted Basket Fountain is one of the spots not to be missed. The musical show is projected on jets of water fountains in sync with the music. Colours, music and light works are coalesced to form a breathtaking view for the eyes.
Rejuvenating Species of Flora and Fishes
Also, on the list is the topiary of plants and shrubs, many of those are trimmed in the shape of different animals provide an excellent selfie backdrop for a lot of Brindavan garden photos’ sessions. Visitors also experience splendid aesthetic of pergolas, gazebos and passageways covered by creeper plants, which gives a serene nature to indulge in.
Apart from providing the tranquillity of nature, this botanical Brindavan garden Mysore is also a source of information for all the horticulturists and information seekers. There is a fisheries station that provides all the information relating to fisheries and its procurement to the youth.
Also, there is a Hydraulic research station, which attracts a slightly older students for their ongoing research and common visitors trying to expand their thinking caps. There is a large fruit orchard spread across 75 acres right next to the garden. These orchards also provide updated information regarding modern farming techniques along with two horticultural farms, Nagvana and Chandravana surrounding it.
The boat ride as mentioned earlier also provides opportunities for experiencing boating amidst the calmness of water for the tourists and travellers alike. Therefore, it is a marvellous sight to behold. The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and Cauvery Niravari Nigam maintain these facilities.
In the year 2005, close to 50 million INR was spent on renovating the gardens, which included upgrading the musical fountains using a digitized system and repair work of dysfunctional fountains. Nevertheless, the Brindavan Garden Mysore welcomes one and all!
Read The Tips To Visit This Picnic Spot
- Avoid visiting the place during monsoons; the best time of the year is during cold and pleasant winters.
- Be careful when bringing old or senior citizens as it might be difficult for them to cover such a vast area and they might get tired easily
- Parking is a hassle and slightly disorganised, choose public transport unless you have a provision to park
- Videography is prohibited. But you can take home unlimited Brindavan garden photos.
Basic Visitor information
Entrance Fee for adults isRs 15 for kids up to age 10 is Rs 5
Brindavan garden timings is between 6 AM to 8PM.
The musical fountain show starts at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on weekdays and 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on weekends. The timings might change based on seasons.