Banasura Sagar: India’s Largest Earthen Dam

places to see wayanad

The Banasura Sagar Dam, located 21 km from Kalpetta, is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. It is created by impounding the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River. Construction was started in 1979, with the main objective being to support the Kakkayam Hydro-Electric Project, as well as to meet the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the people of the region.

The dam which is a kilometer long mud structure, is located in the midst of towering, mist-clad hills. There is a beautiful flower garden attached to the dam that makes it a lovely picnic spot. Largely unspoiled, the area around the dam is an ideal starting point for treks to the Banasura peak. The reservoir formed by the dam is dotted with tiny islands enveloped in thick foliage, and with the Banasura hill in the background offers a breathtaking view.

The dam, with its vast expanse of fresh, crystal clear waters, is an important tourist place in Wayanad with several other attractions nearby. Speed boats are available for hire, using which you can skim across the water and take in the sites. Pedal boats are also available for visitors who prefer a more leisurely way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place.

The dam is part of the Banasura Sagar project of the Government of Kerala. The Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre operated by the Kerala State Electricity Board, introduced the Hydel Tourism concept here, which has been attracting thousands of tourists to the place. A visit to the dam is a truly exhilarating experience and is something that one should not miss. The best season to visit is between November and May. The dam is located 18kms from Banasura Hill Resort and the inspiration to build the resort rated as Asia's largest Earthen Resort by BBC News came from Banasura Sagar Dam.

Comments

Monday, August 11, 2014
I have been to this wonderful dam in Wayanad. Picturisque location and great climate.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Largest earthen dam? sounds amazing. I would like to visit this place

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The views of the lake while driving up were spectacular. Enjoyed the motorboat ride. Lake was gorgeous, surrounded by mountains. A definite must see.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Have good facilities here. Can go walk in the evening. Must try speed boating here. It will be closed at 5pm. Plan your timing accordingly. It is the Asian 2nd and India's 1st largest earth dam

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Have good facilities here. Can go walk in the evening. Must try speed boating here. It will be closed at 5pm. Plan your timing accordingly. It is the Asian 2nd and India's 1st largest earth dam

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Good attraction place around Wayand. You can enter the gate and can opt for a jeep ride upto the park. On reaching the park there would be horse ride and good play area in the park. This place also offers speed boat ride for 15mins. One can easily spend couple of hours at this location.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A really breezy walk on the Dam about a km and boating in the lake surrounded by mountains is a experience which you can't get here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
WOW, what a amazing place this has been. This is quite a distance from Kalpatta and Bathery but cant afford to miss this place. We went early in the morning and hence we could click some awesome pictures as there was lot of fog. We litrally didnt wanted to stop the boat ride because it was too good. There is small park but we didnt go there and spent most the time watching the beautiful scenary around the dam.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Its a really beautiful place. Since during our visit, it was heavy rain, one shutter of the dam was opened. So it gave us a good sight. Also the grass land below the dam & the canal running through the land were too good to watch

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Its a beautiful place, best time to visit is early morning or evening

Pages

Add new comment

Date
E.g., 10/17/2017
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Button