Banasura dam, Wayanad

Banasura dam

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About 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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118 traveller reviews for Banasura dam

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Febin  P abraham

  • Tourist
  • Febin P abraham
  • Lives in Pathanamthitta
  • 11 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  280 readers

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days 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
  • 16 Reviews
  •  1158 readers

"Picturesque Scenic Marvel"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  501 readers

"May be good after monsoon"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  8657 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
  • 170 photos
  • 35 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  9117 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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  • Subhramanian
  • 42 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  24458 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
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  24889 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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Dilli ganesh

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  • Dilli ganesh
  • Lives in Goa
  • 2 Reviews
  •  818 readers

"Nice sight with speed boating"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2016
Speed Boating is marvellous to ride, fish spa also very worth for the money. Dam sight view is very nice for couples especially speed boating is very thrill for couple riding.
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Hemchand Jaichandran

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  • Hemchand Jaichandran
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 15 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  13085 readers

"Short visit to the second largest earth dam in Asia"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 3, 2016
There is a one km walk involved to reach the top of the dam but it can be done. There are jeeps available to take you up. It is a small dam but worth spending one hour. Mechanised boats will take you on a round but charge Rs. 750 for five.
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Riz Riz

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  • Riz Riz
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  852 readers

"Good place for a picnic"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2016
There is an entry fee. There is transport available from the ticket counter to the dam, you have to pay extra. The oldies took the, we walked to the dam. It's a serene place, the reservoir is big. There are boating facilities, enjoyed the speed boat. There are shops which sell snacks, it's eatable. We had problem while returning, The transport people don't manage well, they just left the place after 6 PM. The oldies had to walk all the way back, bad.
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