Krishna Raja Sagara
|Krishna Raja Sagara
ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜ ಸಾಗರ ಜಲಾಶಯ
|Location||Mysuru Northwest suburbs and Mandya, Karnataka, India|
|Construction began||1911 AD|
|Opening date||1938 AD|
|Dam and spillways|
|Height||125 ft (38 m)|
|Length||3.5 km (2.2 mi)|
|Creates||Krishna Raja Sagara/ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜ ಸಾಗರ ಜಲಾಶಯ|
|Total capacity||49 billion cubic feet (1.4 km3)|
Krishna Raja Sagara, also popularly known as KRS, is the name of both a lake and the dam that creates it. It is located close to the settlement of Krishnarajasagara. The dam is across Kaveri River, in Mandya in Karnataka state, India. There is an ornamental garden attached to the dam, called Brindavan Gardens.
The dam was built across river Kaveri, the life giving river for the Mysore and Mandya districts, in 1924. Apart from being the main source of water for irrigation in the most fertile Mysore and Mandya, the reservoir is the main source of drinking water for all of Mysore city and almost the whole of Bengaluru city, the capital of the state of Karnataka. The water released from this dam is further used as an important source of water in the state of Tamil Nadu, which has its own Mettur dam in the Salem district. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya served as the chief engineer during the construction of this dam. The dam is named for the then ruler of the Mysore Kingdom, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
The Brindavan Gardens is a show garden that has a botanical park, with fountains, as well as boat rides beneath the dam. Diwan Sir M Vishweshwaraiah of Mysore planned and built the gardens in connection with the construction of the dam. KRS Dam was the first to install automated Crest gates during 1920 which was initiated by Sir. M V. Display items include a musical fountain. Various biological research departments are housed here. There is a guest house, and a four star luxury heritage hotel Royal Orchid for tourists.
Flora and Fauna
The landscape of the area represents a complexity of agricultural land, rural habitation, sparingly spread trees and patches of original vegetation at the close by Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary. Which attracts wide varieties of local and migrant birds. Over the years nearly 220 species of birds have been recorded here in large numbers.
Bus Route from Mysore
- Ramaswamy Circle,
- Metropole Circle,
- Ramakrishna Ashram / Radio station
- Vontikoppal / Lakshmi Venketeshwara Temple,
- ESI Hospital,
- P.K. Sanitorium,
- Metagally town,
- Ring road junction/ Columbia Asia Hospital junction,
- Falcon Tyre,
- J.K Tyres,
- Sunandha factory,
- Pump House,
- Hosa Ananduru,
- M.N.P.M. factory circle,
- M.N.P.M. colony
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