Brindavan Gardens

We spent one night just outside of Mysore at a historic hotel overlooking the Cauvery dam and Brindavan Gardens. This hotel was built by the Mysore Maharaja in to house guests.
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Our rooms had balconies over looking the gardens which are lovely. Apparently these gardens were a popular backdrop in classic “Bollywood” movies. (Actually, the movies filmed on this area are known as “Sandalwood” as opposed to Hollywood or Bollywood.) The gardens are in the mogul style — perfectly symmetrical with flowing water throughout.
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We arrived in time to see the light/water show in the amphitheater at the furthest end of the garden. Initially, I thought this would be a light/water show using the entire garden and its extensive fountains, but I was wrong. It’s just a small pool about 20′ x20′ with lights and water jets programed to change to the beat of popular Indian songs, many from films. The crowd loved it. I enjoyed the walk thru the garden at dusk.
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The dam was built 1914-1915 and their are old photos from the dam’s construction in the halls is the hotel. (Engineers in full suits with safari helmets or turbans; so unlike modern construction sites anywhere today!) The politics of distributing water from the dam are a hot-button item today — hopefully good monsoon rains will recharge local aquifers and relief some tensions about the river water….
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Here’s a video:

Updated 7/16/2013 with photos and video.

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  1. Kris

    Awesome Des! Love your reporting on your great adventure. Kris

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