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The Enchanting Brindavan Gardens Of Mysore

Often acclaimed as the best garden in South India, the Brindavan Gardens of Mysore is every nature lover’s paradise. This terrace garden is world famous for its beautiful symmetric design which draws around 2 million people per year towards it. The garden is located in Karnataka’s Mandya district, just aside the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam.
The Department of Horticulture started the work of making the garden in the year 1927. It took 4 years to complete construction of the garden. Earlier the garden was named Krishnarajendra Terrace Garden. Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Diwan of Mysore was the pioneer in its conception and designing.

The Beauty Of Brindavan Gardens

The river Cauvery flows underneath the dam and divides the garden into two portions. Altogether the garden has four sections. They are known as the Main gate area, the south Brindavan Garden, the North Brindavan garden and a children’s garden. The garden spreads over an area of 60 acres and is shaped like a horse-shoe.

Designed in the lines of Mughal gardens like the Shalimar Garden of Kashmir as its inspiration it contains numerous terraces, fountains with a beautifully positioned array of trees and shrubs. The cascading water channels, chutes, and clustered flowering plants with vast green lawns create a beautiful and enigmatic aromatic ambiance which is bound to lift up any mood of man. The slopes are enriched with bougainvilleas, allamanda, and other colorful plants. There are a lot of open green spaces in the garden.

Another noteworthy feature and great attraction of the garden is the dancing and musical fountain. Most of the other fountains run on the pressure of water of the dam and illuminates with colorful lights but this a special computer operated fountain. It presents a synchronized water ballet of light, water, and music. With modernization, a laser vision has also been added for viewing pleasure. This musical fountain is present in the North Brindavan garden. Visitors can enjoy this fountain view from a well-shaded gallery.

The main gate is modeled as the India Gate. Rose gardens on either side are a view to look for. The south and North Brindavan gardens are decorated with beautiful rose gardens, long terraces, cypress plants innumerable water fountains. The small statues add to the artistic value of the garden. Visitors may also have the pleasure of boat rides arranged by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation on the river Cauvery present in between north and south Brindavan Gardens. The Garden also houses a Glass House which acts as a reservoir of planting materials.

Brindavan Garden seems to have it all. From the beautiful view of flowering plants, topiary works, boat rides on Cauvery to children’s amusement park. It is a fun-filled, soul-soothing, refreshing tour which anyone from newly-weds to families will enjoy on mother nature’s lap. Well-planned walkways make sure the garden beauty remains at its best. Currently, it is operated by Cauvery Irrigation Department. The garden was renovated in 2005. It remains open from 6.30 a.m. to 9 p.m, every day with specified fountain illumination and music fountain run-time for each day. Entry fee is Rs. 15 per adult and Rs. 5 per day. The nearby attraction includes a Government fruit orchard, Naguvuna Horticulture farm, and Chandravana Horticulture farm.

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Featured Photo: Brindavan Gardens by ashwin kumar under CC BY-SA 2.0

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