Brindavan KRS garden - Mysore
Aerial view of Brindavan gardens & KRS dam on a cloudy day.

The Brindavan Gardens, a celebrated beauty spot in south India is world famous for its symmetric design. It is one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world. The creation of this garden in the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam site has been the achievement of Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of the princely State of Mysore. The beautification of the whole dam complex was conceived by Sir Mirza Ismail. Modeled on the design of the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style, the garden is enriched with a number of terraces, parterres, fountains, running and cascading waterchannels, water chutes, lush green lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees. Today, the Brindavan Gardens is world famous for its ethereal beauty, grandeur and illumination/ musical fountain.

The Brindavan Gardens, primarily a terrace garden is laid out immediately behind the Krishnaraja Sagar dam site. The Department of Horticulture in 1927 started the work of laying out this garden, then called the Krishnarajendra Terrace Garden. Today, the garden extends over an area of 60 acres and it is laid out in the three terraces, which ends in a horseshoe shape. The slopes are planted with colourful Bougainvilleas and ornamental plants. This garden is a public park and it is one of the important tourist spots of India. The garden is enriched with innumerable fountains decorated with coloured lighting. The illuminated running waters and fountains with changing colours of lights is an event that the tourists can look forward to in the evenings. The garden has many open spaces, lawns, illuminated flower beds and ornamental plants. It also has well laid out roads and pathways. The Brindavan Gardens is the best-illuminated terrace garden in India. The boating pond in the midst of the garden is a location where the visitors can enjoy a boat ride. The whole garden when illuminated is an enchanting site to see.

Gardens, Boating and Plantations.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Boating Lake

Boating lake connects the both north & south brindavan gardens. A concrete footpath is laid on the side of this lake.

Our advise is to take a complete walk of Garden and then take one way Boat ride to reach the Musical Fountain Place, and then return walking.

There is a large fountain at the centre of garden with LED illumination. This lake is fishing restricted area, so you might find big carps, cat fish, etc.

4a. Government Fruit Orchard

This is not a tourist spot, but rather a agricultural plantation.

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.

4b. Naguvana Horticulture Farm

This is not a tourist spot, but rather a agricultural plantation.

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.

4c. Chandravana Horticulture Farm

This is not a tourist spot, but rather a agricultural plantation.

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.

5. 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.

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.