KRS – Brindavan Gardens

Mysore is famous for palaces, south India’s largest zoo and Chamundeswari hill. My little one did not show much interest in these places when we visited Mysore in the past.  So, this time we headed to Krishna Raja Sagara reservoir and Brindavan gardens.

Brindavan Gardens is crowded almost every day. We have already been there in the past, and have never found ourselves alone there. It is a sprawling garden, and houses a small aquarium, huge water fountains, a lake with boating facility, small playing space with swings and slides, and the famous dancing fountains.

 

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The aquarium was small and its maintenance is not worthy to mention here. But it has small turtles and a couple of colorful fishes that attract small kids. The water fountains are well kept with sprawling lawns on the sides. This area is the most crowded with family and kids everywhere. To the left side of the water fountains is a small play area for children.

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Dancing water fountains start around 6.30 PM, though the area gets filled by 5.30 PM. It is a open area with cement benches. In the center is a big water fountain with color lights. At 6.30 PM, well known songs in South Indian languages and Hindi are played. The water fountains jump and drop in sync with the music. Color lights add additional entertainment. The show lasts around 45 minutes.

To reach the dancing fountains, there is a long rope bridge and boats plying back and forth. You can opt to walk over the bridge (but it is very crowded), or take the boat ride.

We spent around 3 hours at the gardens, and my daughter enjoyed thoroughly. KRS and Brindavan Gardens are a good place to visit with children around.

Country Side – I

I sometimes accompany my sister on her weekly village visits. She visits a village near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, South India. Coconut grooves, vegetable farms and corn fields fill the country side here. With rain showers scattered throughout the year, these villages always wear a lush green look.

While towns are preferred destinations for textile mills; small scale manufacturing industries ranging from electronics, machinery, copra, paper etc are a common site in the countryside, rubbing shoulders with coconut grooves. Education is fast spreading in rural areas. Migration to cities is lesser here than in other parts of the state, partly due to fertile lands and partly due to export options for manufctured goods.

Here are a few shots of the village children. Their smile is infectious, smile and enjoy them 🙂

Boys with their best smiles

Boys with their best smiles

 

Girls and shy smiles

Girls and shy smiles

 

I too can smile

I too can smile

 

Parting shot, cheerful good byes

Parting shot, cheerful good byes

 
Awaiting the next trip… Stay tuned for more villages and photos.