Travel Guide To Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens near Mysore

Sprawling 60 acres, the Brindavan Gardens is located right next to the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Karnataka’s Mandya district. It encompasses captivating vistas featuring lush lawns, lovely flower beds, and beautiful fountains.

The garden lies 21 km north-west of Mysore (officially Mysuru). If you are considering a trip to Mysore, make sure to include this historic garden in your itinerary. Check out our guide of the best places to visit in Mysore to plan your trip.

In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through the iconic Brindavan Gardens.

How To Get There

The Brindavan Gardens is 21 km from Mysore city and 18 km from Srirangapatna. You can reach there from Mysore by bus or car.

Buses ply at regular intervals from the Mysore City Bus Stand. It takes about an hour to drop you off at the bus stop near the garden.

If you take a cab from Mysore, it will take slightly less time, approximately 40 minutes.

About The Brindavan Gardens


The origin of the Brindavan Gardens is linked to the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, popularly known as KRS Dam. It was built in the reign of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, the twenty-fourth Maharaja of Mysore.

KRS dam backwaters

KRS dam is considered one of the best creations of Sir M. Visvesvaraya who worked as a civil engineer in the princely state of Mysore. Its foundation stone was laid in 1911 and was completed in 1932.

The beautification of the area around the dam site was done by establishing the iconic Brindavan Gardens.

A brainchild of Sir Mirza Ismail, the erstwhile Deewan of Mysore, the garden was founded in 1927. It took five years to complete the garden and was opened in 1932.

Garden Layout

The Brindavan Gardens is one of the most beautiful terraced gardens in India. It is laid out in 3 terraces and each terrace is adorned with a variety of ornamental and flowering plants as well as fountains.

pathway - Brindavan Gardens

The garden is divided into two main sections: North Brindavan Garden and South Brindavan Garden. Adjoining the South Brindavan Garden, there is a children’s Garden too.

If you enter from the south gate, one of the most striking things you will notice is the hedgerow of symmetrically placed shrubs and bushes.

There are walking pathways throughout the garden. The mid-pathway is dotted with an array of fountains extending up to the KRS Dam backwaters. On both sides, you will see huge lawns.

night view of the garden with KRS dam in the backdrop
Night View of The Garden with KRS Dam in The Backdrop

We were disheartened to find some fountains broken and not working. The garden is maintained by Cauvery Irrigation Corporation. We hope they take note of it and repair the broken fountains.

Both sections (North and South Gardens) are connected by a bridge built over the KRS Dam backwaters.

The musical fountain show is conducted in the North Brindavan Gardens.

Things To Do There

Explore The Garden

With greenery all around, a casual stroll through the garden gives a feeling of rejuvenation and lifts your mood. It also offers lots of photo opportunities.

illuminated fountain at Brindavan Gardens
Beautifully Illuminated Fountain

Visit in the evening when fountain lights illuminate the water fountains in hues of varying colours.

Enjoy Boating

You can also go boating in the KRS dam backwaters. There are two boating points, one on the north side and the other on the south side.

krs dam backwaters with boating facility

Depending on which side you take the boat from, you get dropped off to the other side in about 5 mins. It’s a short boat ride but you get to click some great pictures of KRS dam from the boat.

See The Musical Fountain Show

The Musical Fountain Show is the star attraction of the Brindavan Gardens.

It is conducted every day from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm on the weekdays and from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm on the weekends.

The show runs for about 10 minutes with 15 minutes break between two shows. After every break, the same show is repeated.

dancing musical fountains

Crowds flock here to enjoy the magnificent spectacle of dancing fountains. The song is usually played from Kannada or Bollywood movies.

We loved watching the fountains dancing to the tune of “Jai Ho” song from Slumdog Millionnaire.

Entry Fee And Timings

Garden Timings: 8 am to 9 pm.

The musical fountain show is conducted every day from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm on the weekdays and from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm on the weekends.

Entry Fee: ₹100 per person.

Further Reading

For more South India travel inspiration, check out these posts:

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A Complete Guide To Mysore Palace.

Mysore’s Best Heritage Hotels.

12 Amazing 2-Day Trips From Bangalore.

6 Best Places To Visit in Coorg in 1 Day.

Top 12 Tourist Places in Kodaikanal – 3 Day Itinerary.

Awesome Places To Visit in Ooty in 1 Day.

12 Best Tourist Places in Munnar – 2 Day Itinerary.

Over To You Now…

We hope you found our guide to Brindavan Gardens helpful and got some inspiration for your future vacations.

Did you manage to see this beautiful garden on your Mysore trip? Please tell us in the comments.

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