At a distance of 19 Kms from Mysore, Krishnaraja Sagar Dam or KRS Dam is a superb example of excellent engineering and is a major tourist attraction in Mysore.
The dam was built in 1924 by Sir M.Vishveswaraiah, using surkhi, a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of cement. The dam was among the first in the world to have automatic sluice gates. The dam is 3 kms long and is located at the confluence of the rivers Cauvery, Hemavati and Lakshmanathritha. The reservoir is spread over an area of 130 Sq.Kms. The lake that is formed by the dam is one of the largest in India.
The dam is a multipurpose project for supplying water to the agricultural lands of Mandya and Mysore districts and for ensuring power supply to the Shivanasamudra project. Brindavan gardens are laid out below the KRS dam.
Timings: 6.30 AM to 9 PM.