Famous Krishna Raja Sagara Dam or KRS Dam

Mysore is well known for its heritage buildings and tourist places. The city attracts tourists from all around the globe. Mysore is located in the southern part of Karnataka state. This city was the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty who ruled for more than six centuries. One can find many tourist places in and around the city. One such famous tourist place is the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam or KRS dam. This dam is also known as Krishna Raja Sagara Dam named after Krishna Raja Wodeyar, king of Mysore. This dam is about 20km from the Mysore city premises.

Today this dam comes under the Mandya district, even though it is near Mysore city. Cauvery river runs through this dam which is a major source of drinking water for the people of Mysore, Mandya, and Bangalore City. The water is stored in the dam for agricultural purposes in the Mandya district.

History of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam :

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The main purpose of the construction of the dam is to store water for drinking and agricultural purposes. In the past, Mysore and Mandya regions were extremely dry during summers and faced many water scarcity issues during the summer season. In the year 1875, about one-fifth of the population of Mysore was wiped out due to a severe drought. Many crops failed as a result of the shortage of water and irrigation problems. Farmers from both the regions rely more on Cauvery water for agriculture and household purposes. To overcome this problem, the plan to construct the dam came into existence.

M. Visvesvaraya was the chief engineer in the construction of this amazing dam. Popularly known as Sir. M.V is the main person responsible for planning and execution of the dam project. He faced much opposition during the initial days when proposed the plan. Later he approached the Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar and other ministers and got approval. But the initial plan was to build about 194 feet in height which was dropped.

Construction of KRS Dam :

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The construction of the dam started in the year 1911. Nearly more than 10,000 people were involved in the construction. Instead of using cement, a special mortar named Surki was used for construction purposes. The dam was finally completed in the year 1931. After the construction, about 5,000 to 10,000 people lost their homes due to land acquired by the dam area. These people were provided with new agricultural lands and places to build new homes.

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The Architecture of KRS Dam :

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The first foundation stone for this dam was laid on November 11th, 1911. KRS Dam was built across the river Cauvery in the year 1924. The water is a major source of drinking water for the districts of Mysore and Mandya, and also Bangalore city. Many agricultural activities are carried out using the water from this dam. The water after releasing from the dam flows into Tamil Nadu. It is then stored in Mettur Dam in the Salem district.
 
The dam walls run a length of about 2621 meters. The dam has a height of about 39 meters. The dam covers an area of about 130 sq. Km. This was the largest dam during that period in Asia itself. This dam is also known by the name Kannambadi Katte’. The local people call this dam by this name. This name is derived from the Kanveshvara temple which is nearby to this KRS dam. The Kannambadi village got submerged in water when the dam was completed. The village got its name from the holy saint Kanva. The people of this village worshipped Lord Shiva.

Krishna Raja Sagara Dam Timings :

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The dam is open on all days of the week. This opened from 6:30 AM in the morning up to 9:00 PM at the night. People can visit every day of the week. We can expect more crowds and tourists during weekends.

ALL Days : 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Karanji Lake or the “Fountain Lake” is a lake which is located in the city of Mysore, Karnataka in India. This lake is surrounded by a nature park which includes a butterfly park with a walk-through aviary. This aviary is considered to be the biggest walk-through aviary in the country.

The Lake is very close to the iconic Mysore Palace. It is located near the footsteps of Chamundi hills and behind the Zoo (Mysuru). The word Karanji refers to or means “Fountain”. Karanji Lake Mysore is one of the best places to visit on your trip here. They provide a boating facility at the lowest prices and also a great place for photography.

The Brindavan auditorium spreads over 60 acres and is located at a distance of 21 km down from Mysore. Erected across the notable swash of India, River Cauvery, it took around five years to complete the design. The well-accompanied root show with music, voyaging and well-manicured lawn with flowerbeds are some of the top gests of Brindavan Gardens in Mysore.

Constructed in the year 1932 by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, Brindavan Garden is visited by millions of excursionists every year. Divided into two corridors, north and south, the voyaging installation offered by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation connect the two corridors along with a walkway ground.

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Krishna Raja Sagara Dam Entry Fee :

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The entry for Adults is Rs 15 per person and the entry fee for children is Rs 5 ( 5-10 yrs). This place is crowded during the Dasara festival.

Brindavan Gardens beside KRS Dam :

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The Brindavan Gardens is another attraction beneath the dam. People can enjoy boat rides, botanical gardens, and fountains inside the garden. The planning and construction of the gardens were done by Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail of Mysore. A musical fountain is the main attraction here. Many biological research departments have been established within the premises. It will take around 2-3 hours to have a nice look at the garden.

Good time to visit KRS Dam :

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Krishna Raja Sagara Dam is a tourist attraction place in Mysore. People can visit this place at any time of the year. But the best time to visit this dam is during the rainy season. The water will be stored to a maximum point of 124 feet. It will be a great experience to see the water flowing at this height. Earlier people were allowed to walk on the dam, but now walking on the dam is prohibited to the public for safety reasons. It is a great joy to see the water coming out of the gate with high force. One can enjoy this beauty from a safe distance.

Location of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam :

The Krishna Raja Sagara dam is about 20km from Mysore city. People can take buses or taxis from the Mysore Bus stand or the Mysore railway station. Many city buses have been deployed to KRS from Mysore city. People can then take auto-rickshaw to visit the dam. Once you reach the place you will surely feel the worth of the visit.

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