The next destination our list was the magnificently created Cubbon Park which isn’t far away from the Visvesvaraya Museum. It is considered to have a rich association with Indian history and is located in one of the prime spots of the city.
Being located in Central Administrative Area and surrounds some of the Vidhana Soudha which is the State Legislature building, Attara Kacheri which acts as the High Court and various other national and multinational organizations located in its premises.
Being a public park housing various government and non government organizations, clubs and associations, it stays open throughout the day. The time period from 5AM to 8AM has been declared as a silent area in the park. There is a dancing musical fountain nearby which organizes shows every day in the evening. We came to know that the official name of the park is Sri Chamarajendra Park and came into existence in 1870 due to the efforts of Sri John Meade who was the then commissioner of Mysore.
Major general Richard Sankey is considered to be the chief architect of the park. It is managed and administered by the Department of Horticulture. Some of the major official buildings located inside the park include Yuvanika or State Youth Centre, Aquarium, Children’s Library, Government Museum, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Press Club, Tennis Pavilion, Century Club, City Central Library, etc.
We also spotted a statue of Queen Victoria inside the Mahatma Gandhi Citcle, one belonging to King Edward VII inside the Queen Park and that of Mark Cubbon close to the terrace garden.At the time of establishment, the Cubbon Park had an area of around 100 acres. It has expanded with the passage of time.
The lush green area has some concrete buildings along with motorable roads, walking paths, etc. It acts as one of the major lungs of the city and serves as a site for protecting greenery and environment. The entire area is made up of around 6000 different types of trees and plants. We came to know from one of the locals that various species are planted at frequent intervals of time.