The Krishna Raja Sagara Dam (KRS 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 Bangalore 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.
The dam is named for the then ruler of the Mysore Kingdom, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The Chief Engineer, Sir M. Vishveswaraya engineered the construction of the dam during the Wadeyar kings regime in 1932.
Gravity dam of size stone masonry
130.80 ft. above River Bed Level
Length of spillway
There is no overflow spillway. Floods are disposed off through gates
Number of gates
From June to September
From October to May
KRS dam is a popular tourist attraction
The KRS dam has an ornamental garden called Brindavan Gardens attached to it. It is visited by around two million tourists every year.
The other places to visit near Brindavan Gardens and KRS dam in Mysore are:
Mysore Palace, a must visit when you are in Mysore.
This gorgeous place has plenty of resorts and hotels around. From amazing luxury hotels and resorts to budget hotels or lodges, everything is available here for people. So for people who want a lavish holiday or are looking for something more affordable, both can benefit from the information below.
Contact details of some the resorts are listed below: