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Spreading over 150 acres of land, it's work was started
in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. The garden built in connection
with the construction of the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. The Krishnaraja Sagar
Dam known as Kannambadi to the locals itself is a superb example of excellent
engineering and itself is a tourist attraction in Mysore. The project
was designed by the farsighted engineer Sir M. Vishweswaraiah and constructed
during the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The dam is around 8600 feet
long and 130 feet high with a reservoir spread over an area of 130 sq.kms.It
represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement in pre-independence
India and was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates.
Constructed entirely in stone in surkhi mortar, this 3 km long dam is
located at the confluence of the rivers -Cauvery, Hemavati and Lakshmanathritha.
One can enter the garden from steps down from the middle of the dam. Laid out in three terrace formation, the garden has decorated steps where water flows in-between these ornate steps. The major attraction of the park is the musical fountains that leaps in rhythm with music and light. It is located in the North Brindavan Garden. Timings: 7.00pm. to 7.55pm (on weekdays), 7.00pm. to 8.5 pm (on holidays). During winter: 6.30pm to 7.25pm (on weekdays), 6.30pm to 8.25pm on holidays. A boating pond is in the midst of the garden to cross the dam from the south bank to the north bank where visitors can enjoy a boat ride around the beautiful statue of the Goddess Cauvery at the foot of the dam.
The garden has fruit orchards, two horticulture farms, Nagavana and Chandravana, illuminated flower beds, various species flower plants and ornamental plants, open spaces, lawns. The slopes are planted with colourful Bougainvilleas and ornamental plants like Allamanda, Bignonia magnifica etc. It also has well laid out roads and pathways. The whole garden when illuminated at night is an enchanting site to see.
Just beside the South of the Brindavan there is an area
for children with small rides. Various dummy sized animals like seated
Gorilla, Giraffe, Bison, Lioness, Grizzly Bear, Tortise, etc can be seen
here. There is an Aquarium in this garden which has Malayasian breed of
fish which is known as Arona. Fee: Rs 5.