Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the most visited destinations in Northern Kerala. Popular as the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, it constraints the waters of the Karamanathodu, an offspring of the Kabini River. The dam was built with the aim of aiding the Kakkayam Hydroelectric Power Project and help with the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the people during summer. The view from here is magically making it among the best picnic locations in Wayanad.
The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods
One of the beautiful sights here is the set of islands in the dam’s reservoir, which was formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas during monsoon season. These islands with the Banasura hills in the background are a visual treat for those who visit the dam and its premises. Because of this peculiarity, tourists are attracted to this destination. The dam is very close to Karalad Lake, another tourist hotspot in Wayanad. Boating and trekking are what this Dam is known for; there are not many places in India offering the adrenaline-filled speed boating experience. Horse Racing and Camel Rides are also available if you book the service in advance. Green meadows are bordered by blue hills.
The hills, rivers and grassland, all come together to enshrine the magnificent Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. One has no option but to be in awe of the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. But it isn’t just statistics that add to its mysticism. The surroundings are pristine with a cool breeze opening up a valley full of gigantic slopes, crystal clear waters, a wildlife sanctuary and a plethora of flowering plants. It is among the most popular picnic locations in the district along with its multitude of boating options. Our trekking aficionados can find more than a few hidden trails that lead to spots with exquisite visuals of the surrounding valley.
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The Banasura Sagar dam.India's largest earthen dam. The Banasura Sagar dam, which is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, impounds the waters of the Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini river. An ideal picnic spot with a breathtaking view.
Banasura Sagar Dam, located in Kalpetta, is among the most visited destinations in Northern Kerala. Popular as the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, it constraints the waters of the Karamanathodu, an offspring of the Kabini River.
No. There is a shuttle service(tempo traveller) at entry of dam. 10 rs each way for that.
Both winter and monsoon. During monsoon you can enjoy the rain and clouds while boating. Moreover the most weather will Enchant your senses. In winter it is a clear weather with the green forest and hills clearly visible. During winter you can stay at the dam for a long time as rains won't hinder your trip. Moreover the chilling weather would be great to enjoy. We would prefer the winter season the most.
Ticket counter can be located just besides road and closer to parking area. Roads are good with last few kms is single lane. Be there at opening hours to ensure you get a chance to boating.
Yes, Childrens are allowed.
There might be normal snacks near Bansura Sagar Dam. On dams you can get Beverages, Sweet Corn, Biscuit etc. You will get some restaurants on the way to Dam.
Meenmutty water falls and Karlad lake
You can drive only up to the parking space. Once parked you have 3 options: 1. Travel by Private Jeep 2. Travel by Tempo Traveller (Public) - Rs.10 per head per trip 3. Walk (approx 1 km)
Kalpetta (22 km), Mananthavady (21 km) and Sultan Bathery (43 km) are the nearest towns. Buses and Taxis are available at regular intervals.
The nearest airport and railway station are at Kozhikode, almost ninety-five kilometres away.
Yes of course.