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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Shahir P

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  • Shahir P
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  125 readers

"The beauty of Wayanad" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the beauties of Wayanad, Kerala, is the Banasura Dam, must see place. There are speed boat services which will take around this beautiful river. It will cost around rs 250. There are beautiful gardens, horse rides, swing rides etc.
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Ranjan Patra

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  • Ranjan Patra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  215 readers

"Entertainment package" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Good, overall an entertainment package, boating was pleasant and play area was nice for children. Only constraint is high cost charged for boating. Fish spa was nice and stamp and coin museum was strictly ok.
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Vaidya nathan

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  • Vaidya nathan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2369 readers

"Attractive view" new review

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We did not go boating as it was too costly. Places around are very good, we can enjoy. The view point is good. Horse ride is also there but we didn't go.
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Hasibur Rahman

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  • Hasibur Rahman
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 photo
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  586 readers

"Watch the sunset"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited it once in February 2015. You must carry sunglasses & umbrella, otherwise the long walk can turn into a disaster. There is a park with lots of flower plantations & it is really neat & clean, the boating facility is available. We stayed at a nearby resort, from where a park of the sagar was finely available to cherish with the eyes. We still think about the sun set behind the hills, reflecting the image on sagar water.
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Manoj Saini

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  • Manoj Saini
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 16 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  869 readers

"A family picnic spot"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The dam is located somewhere 20-25 km from Kalpetta, it is one of the largest earthen dam in Asia. There is an entry fee, from the entry gate one can walk around 1. 5km to reach the bank of the dam or one can hire a jeep for Rs 100/- (to and fro for six people). Once on the top one will have a splendid view of the dam and the reservoir behind. Boating is available in the reservoir on chargeable basis. For people who love thrills, speed boat is available for Rs 350/- per person. There is a limit of five person in speed boat. Slow moving boats are also available for large group. Boating inside reservoir is fantastic as the speed boat make sharp moves between small islands. View of the hill behind the reservoir is awesome. Apart from boating there is a small garden near forest trees. The forest trees have rope swings for kids around as one can recall his/her child hood. Definitely a family place to visit.
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Srinivas Murthy

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  • Srinivas Murthy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1116 readers

"Great views but crowded on weekends"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Boating available but there was a huge crowd when we were there & so did not take the boating. There are few jeeps which takes you from the reception to the Dam but crowded & not worth it, we can walk up its about 2. 5kms to the Dam. The views are great & that's about it, nothing else to do there except maybe take a few pics. The dam itself is quite tiny but again consider its an earth dam so that's quite innovative. Avoid on the weekends, tends to be overcrowded.
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Maddila Gurunaidu

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  • Maddila Gurunaidu
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  884 readers

"Very beautiful place for sightseeing"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was second earth dam of India. It has motor boating facilities and horse riding available. Very beautiful place for sightseeing. It was surrounded by Nilagiri and very high mountains.
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Krishna Reddy

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  • Krishna Reddy
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 26 Reviews
  •  53 helpful votes
  •  5683 readers

"Ideal picnic spot"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Banasura Sagar dam is situated 15 KM from Kalpetta. The Banasura dam is the largest earth dam in India and 2nd largest in Asia. There is a entry fee of Rs 20/- for adults and Rs 10/- for child. There is a facility of Jeep drop for Rs 100/- for the tourists who can not walk 1 Km to see the dam. It's an ideal picnic spot with a breathtaking view and also a best place for Trekking. Speed boat drive in the dam is a memorable experience. There is a small garden is there near the boating and tourists can also enjoy horse ride.
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Sathish R

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  • Sathish R
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  5278 readers

"A good attraction"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good dam. Speed boat is a good attraction. They have big park, kids will enjoy it. Other than speed boat, not many attractions. Good to take a walk from down to the top of the dam. Be careful, there are lot of leaches. Carry salt or perfume spray all the time. The drive to the dam is good.
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Pradeep Bohra

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  • Pradeep Bohra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1547 readers

"Mesmerising view, taking you to other world"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Speed boat was superb and it's worth spending time. This is must visit, going in non-rainy day is suggested. The view from the dam is mesmerising and takes you to a different world.
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