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.

Activities / Things to Do

  • Speed Boating
  • Pomton Boating
  • Museum
  • Fish spa
  • VR Studio
  • Zorb Ball
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Coracle
  • Natural park
  • Solar projects
  • Fish pond
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Plant nursery

Quick info

  • Timings

    8.40 AM - 5.45 PM

    Open all days

  • Entry Fee

    ₹10 - ₹30

    Entry Fee for adults it's ₹30 and for childrens it's ₹10

  • Time required

    1hr - 3hr

    Usually, it will take 1 - 3 hrs

  • Best month to visit

    The best time to visit the place is during the months of November to May when the weather is optimum.

  • Traveler type

    Friends, Families, Couples and Kids

  • Geographical information


    ⦿ Altitude: 1000 m Above sea level

  • Location

    Latitude: 11.671503, Longitude: 75.951212

  • Nearest Bus station


    Kalpetta and Padinjarathara

  • Nearest Railway station


    Calicut CLT around 90 km

  • Nearest Airport

    Calicut CCJ around 100 km Kannur CNN around 95 km

  • Tips

    Visit the place in morning or eveneing

Things to carry

  • Water
  • Camera / Mobile camera
  • Packed lunch or snacks
  • Platic Bottle
  • Cap
  • Plastic carry bag
  • Wifi

Ticket rates / Prices / Charges

  • Entrance


    Entrance charge for Adult

  • Entrance Kids


    Entrance charge for kid

  • Camera


    For still camera

  • Video camera / Camcorder


    For Videography gadgets like the camcorder

  • Jeep one side


    One side trip for a group

  • Jeep two side


    Two side trip for a group

  • Van individual oneside


    Oneside trip

  • Speed boat


    For a group of up-to 5 members

  • Pomtoon boat


    for a group up-to 20 members

  • Pomtoon boat individual


    for 1 individual

  • Musuem


    Entry ticket charge for 1 person

  • Fish spa


    For one person

  • VR Studio


    Experience Virtual Reality

  • Zorb ball


    For Kids

  • Horse riding


    For one person

  • Kayaking


    Experience Kayaking

  • Coracle


    For adventure seekers

Additional information / F.A.Q

What is the Speciality of banasura Sagar dam?

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.

Which dam is located in karamana Thodu an offspring of the Kabini River?

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.

Does this involve too much of trek or slope terrain?

No. There is a shuttle service(tempo traveller) at entry of dam. 10 rs each way for that.

What is the best time to visit Banasura dam

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.

Can we go in our car till the ticket counter? How is the road?

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.

Can 5 year old kid go for a speed boat ride in Banasura Dam?

Yes, Childrens are allowed.

Any veg restaurant near by ?

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.

Which are the nearby places that can be covered along with banasura ?

Meenmutty water falls and Karlad lake

Can we drive up to the dam in our vehicle ?

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)

How To Reach Banasura Dam

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.

Can aged peoples can go Banasura dam ?

Yes of course.

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