The Banasura Sagar dam Wayanad is an architectural wonder as it is the largest earthen dam of India and the second largest of Asia. It is built on the River Karmanathodu which is a tributary of River Kabini situated in Kalpetta. The Wayanad Banasura Sagar dam was built in order to support the Kakkayam hydroelectric power project and help to meet the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the people of Wayanad, especially during the summer season.
Banasura dam of Wayanad is located among the Western Ghats at the foothills of the Banasura Hills. The Banasura Hills holds the label of being the third largest peak in the entire Western Ghats. Dotted with the natural beauty of misty mountains, lush greenery, and various species of flora. The Banasura Hills and the Banasura Sagar dam both are named after king Banasura who was the son of King Mahabali. According to Hindu Mythology, he was the most respected king of Kerala. He is the same King Mahabali for which the famous festival of Onam celebrated across Kerala.
Feel the reviving air of the Banasura Sagar Dam which comes directly from the Banasura hills. For trekking lovers, the Banasura hills are heaven. While trekking one can witness the paradisiacal beauty of the nearby places. As you reach on the top of the hill, you have the opportunity to feast your eyes and relax your tired legs with an unparalleled view of the Banasura Sagar Lake, which seems hidden in the lap of Western Ghats.
For those who do not wish to do such rigorous exercise, they can go for a boating trip in the Banasura Sagar Lake. One can enjoy boating either on the speed boat or on a pedal boat. Feel the cool breeze that will refresh your senses as you feel deliberate on the scenic beauty which surrounds you.
The peculiarity of this dam is that it is built using big stones and boulders. You will definitely marvel at the engineering caliber of the civil engineers of those days. In case boating at the lake is not enough for you, then you can pacify your wanderlust filled soul by going for the boating at the nearby Karalad Lake.
There are some really pretty swings on trees in the nearby garden and they will definitely rekindle the child in you. Being in the Western Ghats, there is no dearth of distinctive flora and fauna near the Banasura Sagar Dam. The entire area is replete with colorful butterflies, birds, and flowers of all kinds.
This beautiful place is situated 21 km from Kalpetta and the nearest railhead is Kozhikode Railway Station which is 73 km. While the nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport which is around 86 kilometers from Kalpetta. Monsoon is the best time to visit the dam and witness it in its full glory.
The Banasura Sagar Dam is not only famous for quenching the thirst of nearby fields and people but it will also quench your thirst for a perfect holiday.
Banasura Sagar Dam Timings: 6:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M
Banasura Sagar Dam Entry Fees: INR 10 per person
Banasura Sagar Dam parking charges: Between INR 10 to INR 20 per vehicle.