Spread in an area of 150 acres of land, Brindavan Gardens is one of the most popular attractions of Mysore. A haven for nature lovers, it is equally popular as a picnic spot amidst locals as well as the visiting tourists. Placed below the Krishnarajasagar Dam on River Kaveri, this lush garden is a must-visit attraction of Mysore. Known for its symmetric design and layout, it is one of the world’s most beautiful terrace gardens.
The garden was established by Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of the princely State of Mysore and the design of the garden was his own idea. The design of Brindavan Gardens is a replica of the very well-known Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir, which is done up in Mughal style. Shalimar Garden boasts of fountains, parterres, various terraces, water channels, verdant gardens, water chutes, trees and floral beds. The magnificence and illuminated musical fountains allure a huge number of tourists visiting Mysore, around 21 km away.
Laid-out behind the Krishnaraja Sagar dam, spread in a terrace garden form, the Brindavan Gardens was taken over in 1927 by the Department of Horticulture when it was called Krishnarajendra Terrace Garden. The garden spreads out in 3 terraces, giving it a horseshoe shape. Colorful Bougainvilleas and other ornamental plants make the slopes look extremely beautiful. Musical fountains with colorful lighting effect add to the charm. These colorful fountains and running channels form an enchanting sight during the evenings. Enjoy a leisure walk on pathways and well-maintained narrow roads while treating your eyes to the beauty of the nature. There is a pond also in the garden complex where the visitors can partake in boat riding.
Brindavan Garden is divided into-
Main Gate Area- The main gate of Brindavam Garden is modeled on the India Gate in New Delhi. On the either side of the main gate, there are Rose gardens.
South Brindavan- Close to the Cauvery Statue, South Brindavan area is the Kaveramma circle that contains of big- sized water fountains. Terrace garden with allamanda and Bougainvillea plants on the slopes done in a different look alluring. This part of the garden also has a glass house with ornamental plants. The colorful sprinklers and fountains lit-up in the evening and sprinkle water on the cypress plants that are found in the garden’s centre. The lawn here includes of permanent as well as annual flowering plants.
North Brindavan- This part consists of an area that has 4 extensive terraces with lawns, ornamental trees, and flowerbeds. Small fountains with colorful lights make the terrace gardens even more mesmerizing. You can also spot various shrubs here. This part also comprises of an ornamental plant nursery.
The main attraction of Brindavan gardens is its musical fountain, which are given an amazing effect by dancing colorful lights. The harmony formed between the water, the lights and the music forms a beautiful sight. This water ballet is controlled through a system and water pumping action is computerized. The musical fountain is in North Brindavan Garden.
Other attractions in the Garden
Managed by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka, Brindavan Garden complex consists of other areas also including Government fruit orchard, Naguvana Horticulture Farm, Cacti and Succulent Garden and Chandravana Naguvana Horticulture Farm. There is a Childrens’ Park also. A major hit amongst children, it has fountain slides, animals and birds in concrete and other object of interest of children.
Timings - 06.30 AM - 09.00 PM (Monday-Friday)
06.00 PM - 09.00 PM (Saturday and Sunday)
Entry Fee- Adult INR 15
Children (5-12 years) INR 5
Musical Fountain Timings - 06.30 PM - 07.30 PM (Monday-Friday)
Best time to Visit - October to March