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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  • Camera/Video allowed
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Nidhish Patni

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  • Nidhish Patni
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  80 readers
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall Rating
  • 304

Rahul Shankar

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  • Rahul Shankar
  • 101 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  162 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall Rating
  • 419

125 traveller reviews for Banasura dam

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  • Tourist
  • Imadimmu
  • Lives in Kannur
  • 20 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  48 readers

"Outstanding dam with nice view" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979. The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view
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Deepak babu

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  • Deepak babu
  • 2 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  359 readers

"A nice destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is one of the best destinations in Wayanad. We had good time over there but concern is that we don't get the ticket for boating, I suggest if your looking for boating reach before 03 pm, some time they close ticket if there is a rush, apart from this travelers can get horse riding and enjoy the scenic beauty. Overall good place to spent2-3 hours. Try to get speed boating ticket.
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Pradeep reddy

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  • Pradeep reddy
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  126 readers

"Banasura Dam"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago

Speed boat ride is very good and worth (5ppl per boat: 750RS).

Awesome view.

They have cab to pickup and drop to the top of dam(10RS per ride).


Toilets are very dirty.
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Dushyant mehta

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  • Dushyant mehta
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2957 readers

"Dushyant Mehta"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2016
It's s steep climb and nothing to cherish about. You will get fully tired for the day and then would just like to rest and sleep.
Good coffee freshly ground is available at Rs250. 00 a kg.
Don't regret if unable to visit. Cameras are charged but You can click pics using your cell.
It s high time that authorities understand the concept of clicking pics.
It should be made free and allowed at each and every place in the country.
It's just because lazy, pot belly security guys are unable to protect, so they don't allow you to click
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Satish periwal

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  • Satish periwal
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1442 readers

"Poor staff for the shuttle service"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2016
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
  •  1540 readers

"Must visit place in Wayanad"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 23, 2016
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
  •  64 helpful votes
  •  181776 readers

"First earthen dam"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 4, 2016
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
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  4759 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2016
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
  •  5386 readers

"Picturesque Scenic Marvel"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 16, 2016
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
  •  1893 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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