Parks in Mysore
The city of Mysore too has its share of parks. Some of them are
Gardens in Mysore
Brindavan GardensThe Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir across the legendary Cauvery River is round 18km north-west of Mysore. The Brindavan Gardens are located just a level below the dam. Often described as the best example of illuminated terrace gardens in the country, the idea was brainchild of Sir M.Visveshwaraiah and Sir Mirza M ismail, former Divans of Mysore. The overall design here displays an orientation of Mughal patterns-with garden paths and a shimmering necklace of fountains. On the South bank there is a pavilion, where visitors can get a breathtaking view of the gardens. Other highlights at the gardens include a children’s park, a fisheries station and a hydraulic research station. Adding a touch of sanctity to the place is a beautiful sculpture of Goddess Cauvery at the foot of the dam. The park is open on all days of the week from 6 AM to 8 PM. There is also a musical fountain show that also takes place in the garden between 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM from Monday to Friday and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on weekends. The entry fee to the garden for adults is INR 15 and for kids is INR 5.
Happy Man ParkThe Happy Man Park near Kamakshi Hospital, some three kilometers from the Railway Station, is a very popular hangout of children and parents. The park is quite compact in size but contains a mini zoo and many hens and ducks roam around the lawns freely. The park is landscaped with a little stream and ‘wooden’ bridges. The atmosphere turns musical due to soft music that keeps playing through the speakers scattered across the park. The Park is open from 4:30 PM to 9 PM. It is also open for a while in the morning for the benefit of joggers. The main attraction of the park is a statue of a ‘Happy Man’ with a pot belly. The statue resembles Maitreya or Laughing Buddha, quite popular in Southeast Asian countries. The entry fee to this park is INR 20 for individuals of all age groups.
Amble Anniah Pandit ParkThe Amble Anniah Pandit Park is located on the Chamaraja Double Road. It is popularly known as Subbarayanakere. It is famous for being the place that gave rise to the freedom movement in Mysore. It initially was a tank which is now being converted into a garden with the help of the civic authorities of Mysore. It was named after Subbaraya, a religious person of the 'Dasa' movement, during the days of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.
Besides them, the other gardens in the city include Jaware Gowda Park in Saraswathipuram, Dr. Rajkumar Park near Palace Road and the Jayalaxmi Puram Park in Jayalaxmipuram.
Amusement Parks in Mysore
GRS Fantasy ParkLocated on a 15 minute drive from the city of Mysore and spread over 30 acres of lush green land is the GRS Fantasy Park established by Balinga Investments Private Limited. It is renowned as Mysore’s only amusement cum Water Park. It is located 6 kilometers away from the Mysore City Center on the Mysore Ring Road off the KRS Main Road. The park is opened from 10:30 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and Saturdays and from 10:30 AM to 7 PM on Sundays and National Holidays. The rates of tickets in the GRS Fantasy Park vary as per the timings. For admissions before 3:30 PM, the entry fees are priced at INR 450 for adults and INR 350 for children. The entry for infants below three years of age is absolutely free. For senior citizens, the entry fees are INR 200. For admission after 3:30 PM, the entry fee for adults is INR 300 and for children is INR 250.
These are some of the gardens and amusement parks located in the city of Mysore where you can have a good and peaceful time!