Banasura dam, Wayanad
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Banasura dam

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Banasura Sagar Dam is situated 15 km north west of Kalpetta. It is the second largest earth dam in Asia and the largest in India. The dam has been constructed on Banasura Lake, situated amidst the Banasura Hills. It is believed that these hills were named after the demon king Banasura, who was the son of king Mahabali.

It is a popular picnic spot which offers boating and other recreational activities. The dam was built using big stones and boulders. This dam site is also considered to be an ideal trekking point. Tourists can visit this dam during the monsoon season, when small islands can be seen in the dam reservoir.

It was constructed under the Indian Banasura Sagar Project that was started with an aim of supporting the Kakkayam Hydro Electric Power Project. This project also aimed at contributing to the drinking water and irrigation requirements of the locals during the hot summer season.  
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Satish periwal

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  • Satish periwal
  • 4 Reviews
  •  285 readers

"Poor staff for the shuttle service"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The dam is very large and a beautiful place for scenic calm, but the shuttle service staff is very rude. We had to walk back to the base even though we had paid for the use of the shuttle service.
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Amlan Banerjee

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  • Amlan Banerjee
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  519 readers

"Must visit place in Wayanad"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is around 40 km from Sulthan Bathery... If you are driving, GPS may betray... So please ask the local people if you are confused.

Very nice place, most probably INR 30 is the entry fee, and you have camera fee also (INR 50/-, 100/-, can't remember exact amount) You can take a jeep (INR 100/- for to and fro), suggested for older people and may be kids.

Also you can walk easily, max 15 min, 500 meters walk and then around 50 steps, my 4 year old daughter enjoyed the walking..

Beautiful scenic beauty, really a good place to go in Monsoon. Washroom available.

You can take speed boat, or normal boat ride on lake.
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Pallavoor Subramanian

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  • Pallavoor Subramanian
  • 11 photos
  • 52 Reviews
  •  59 helpful votes
  •  59994 readers

"First earthen dam"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A place not to be missed. Located amongst nestling mountains this dam spreads across 3.5 km in length and the mere sight of huge water stored is a sight to behold. Reflection of image on the water testifies to its purity. It is the second earthen dam in Asia first one being located in Japan. One needs to spend leisurely time to enjoy its beauty.
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Febin  P abraham

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  • Febin P abraham
  • Lives in Pathanamthitta
  • 26 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1563 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
First of all let me share that this is Asia's largest Earth dam. So when you are here give that respect. Its a nice half an hour walk to the top of dam. The view is good. You can get chance for some nice photography, have a coffee and chill a bit...
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Anson cabral

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  • Anson cabral
  • 24 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2454 readers

"Picturesque Scenic Marvel"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The only earth dam in India with the Banasura hills in the background makes it a site to admire. The motor boat ride here is a must. Besides, there are food outlets as well as washroom facilities available here. Jeep safaris are recommended for families with kids who cannot walk for long distances.
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Anoop pappachen

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  • Anoop pappachen
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  935 readers

"May be good after monsoon"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted May 25, 2016
Did not feel that good may be because of the time that I visited(May). It may be good after the rains I guess. There is a fee of 20 rs per person, you have to walk for almost one km and also climb stairs which makes you tiring. You can also opt for jeep service to and fro for which you will be charged. Adventure point of view- speedboat( fee - 750/- for 14 km inside dam).
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Dr asif hussain

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  • Dr asif hussain
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  11677 readers

"Extremely beautiful place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2016
This is one place you must visit when you do visit Wayanad. However, you must watch the time when you visit. Summer time 12 to 3 pm it is scorching hot. Horse riding is available there. Kids enjoyed it. There are small snack stalls there but nothing great. You will get caps, etc outside enroute.

Tip: Would be advisable to take jeep upto boating point/top and they drop you back at cost Rs. 100/-.
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Santhosh Wilson

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  • Santhosh Wilson
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 174 photos
  • 36 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  10083 readers

"Good attraction"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2016
The dam and reservoir is located, it is a good attraction to visit. There is about one km from the ticket point. Jeeps are available there to cover this distance. Jeeps tickets can be purchased from the entry ticket counter itself. The view of the lake, from the dam is nice. Boating is also available in the lake.

The park has got something for the kids. Snacks and ice cream are available for purchase.

I feel it a good attraction but it's not something like a must see one.
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Pallavoor Subramanian

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  • Pallavoor Subramanian
  • 11 photos
  • 52 Reviews
  •  59 helpful votes
  •  59994 readers

"Man made marvel"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
Takes the pride as Asia's second largest earthen dam. The mere sight of huge water spread makes you thirst for more. The fact that the dam is earthen really makes one marvel at the engineering feat. The dam follows you for close to three kilometers as you leave the place. Boating rides are available.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 314 photos
  • 100 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  32152 readers

"Asia's 2nd largest earth dam"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2016
Superb and panoramic view for this dam. Speed boat and motor boat ride avail in this dam. We have to pay 20 Rs entry fee per head and jeep travel (optional) from base station to near to the dam. Jeep fare up and down for 8 people Rs 100.
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