Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Dam and Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

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The Krishna Raja Sagar(KRS) Dam is located on the Kaveri River in Mandya District. It is very close to the historical town of Srirangapatna and the Mysore city. It is a popular weekend getaway spot along with Brindavan Gardens which is situated within the Dam complex.

Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam

Krishna Raja sagar DamKrishna Raja sagar Dam

(photo by: rmsguhan

There is a beautifully laid out ornamental garden attached to the dam, called Brindavan Gardens, making it a popular tourist place and picnic location. The dam was built by the world famous Sir M.V.Vishweshwaraiah. 

The Dam acts as a reservoir for supplying water to the districts of Mandya and Mysore to the cities as well as the agricultural lands in this region.

The dam is named for the then ruler of the Mysore Kingdom, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It is 3 kms long and is located at the confluence of the three rivers- Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha.

The Blue Lagoon Islands at the backwaters of the KRS Dam

Tucked away about 4 Kms from KRS Dam is a not-so-popular spot called the Blue Lagoons Island.

This Island is formed by the backwaters of the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam and is a perfect picnic spot. Not known to many tourists, this place has remained largely unknown to those outside to Mysore and surrounding areas.  

The water here is stationary and you can play or siwn in it for hours. You can catch an Auto to reach this Island. 

Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens is a garden located in the state of Karnataka in India. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri. The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions near the city of Mysore.

Artistic Brindavan GardensArtistic Brindavan Gardens
(photo by: aparajith)

It is located 19 kms northwest of Mysore and are in the KRS Dam complex/. They stretch below the Krishna Raja Sagar (K.R.S) Dam on the river Cauvery, and present a breathtaking harmony of water, color, light and music! The garden is famous for its beautiful musical fountains.

Timings: 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm on weekdays and up to 8.00 pm on weekends and public holidays. It is advisable to re-confirm the timings as they are subject to change without notice. Entrance fees: Rs.10/- per head. City buses and private buses/taxis ply frequently from Mysore, Srirangapatna, and Bangalore.

How to reach 

By Train

Trains ply regularly from Bangalore to Mysore daily. Many of them stop at Srirangapatna, from where you can hire an Auto Rickshaw to KRS and Brindavan Gardens. Check Indian Railways website for train schedules and routes. 

By Bus

There are frequent Bus Services between Bangalore and Mysore. You need to get down at Srirangapatna and then take an auto or a taxi to this place

By Car / Travel Route

KRS Dam is about 120 Kms from Bangalore. To reach here from Bangalore, take the Bangalore-Mysore Highway (Mysore Road) and drive about 100 Kilometers until Srirangapatna. Go further for a couple of kilometers and take a right (on the road which goes to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary). After about 10 minutes, you will have to take a right and continue driving for about 10 minutes to reach the Krishna Raja Sagara dam.