Banasura Dam Overview

Ranked 2 of 50 sightseeing in Wayanad

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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18th Jan 18

Awesome dam in Wayanad District

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Banasura Dam (Asia's 2nd largest earth dam)

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28th Sep 17

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
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Rajesh Marar

Rajesh Marar3.9/5

45 reviews

Worth the visit

It took about 1. 5 hours to get to this eco friendly dam from Sulthan bathery. We chose to take the mini van.It was really a worth visit as you can see the real beauty of nature. Also it is one of the greatest earthWe along with kids thoroughly enjoyed the speed boat experience.The place was very nice and breezy, greenery all around. More importantly in spite of so many visitors it was pretty clean. Nice garden area toWayanad heritage museumThe museum is quite close to Alkali Caves. The museum is well maintained, clean and has a fairly good collection of things. All of them are well documented written in English and easily understandable.However this museum has limited artifacts on display. It should try to house much more so that kids can get a feeling of them and probably connect to ancient history which they ..Seeing the museum will take a time of 30 to 45 minutes .. The staff is very cooperative

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Ruchika Gursahani

Ruchika Gursahani4.3/5

3 reviews

Good One

This is worth a visit place in Wayanad. Do experience the speed boat. Its really worth going in for. The other boat ride is just a normal one. You do end up paying extra for the speed boat, but the experience is good.Do ask the rider to give you enough time (around 15-20 mins) for the ride. They sometime get picky about the same.

Darren jude lobow

Darren jude lobow4.3/5

1 review

Dwell with nature, live the real life that God has made for you.

The place was really beautiful and it proves how wonderful God's creation can be. Nothing can beat nature. The climate, sightseeing and the food was top class. A must visit the place at least once in your life.



1 review

Amazing sceneries cool climate and Enjoying mode

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. Recently launched Kerala state's first floating solar plant was on Banasura Sagar reservoir.

Abhishek Das

Abhishek Das5.0/5

11 reviews

Perfect Picinic Spot

The great place to visit with your family, Awesome scenery all around, you will find many spots to take the perfect snap of you and yours family. The small market near gate giving you some delicious foods.
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  • Perfect Picinic Spot
  • Perfect Picinic Spot
  • Perfect Picinic Spot

Priya Jayaram

Priya Jayaram3.6/5

2 reviews

Indians largest earth dam

Worth visiting. Entrance fee is 20. They have van facility 10 one side. Good view from top. It was cool and windy when I visited.On the way to Banasurasagar dam you will find Muddyboots organising Zipline. Must try it. It's the longest zipline in Kerala 300 mts and it lasts 30 seconds. Costs 250 only.



22 reviews

Outstanding dam with nice view

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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  • Outstanding dam with nice view
  • Outstanding dam with nice view

Deepak babu

Deepak babu4.6/5

13 reviews

A nice destination

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.

Pradeep reddy

Pradeep reddy3.6/5

2 reviews

Banasura Dam

Pros: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).Cons:Toilets are very dirty.
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  • Banasura Dam
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Dushyant mehta

Dushyant mehta2.9/5

7 reviews

Dushyant Mehta

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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