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Banasura Sagar Dam

Considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia, Banasura Sagar dam is one of the prime attractions in Wayanad. Positioned at a distance of around 21 km away from Kalpetta, this dam is made up of boulders and huge stacks of stones. The dam is quite close to Lake Karalad, another tourist spot in Wayanad.

Legend

The dam boasts of abundant scenery with hills in the backdrop and possesses a huge area of water. The mountains in the backdrop are known as Banasura hills (the third largest peak in the Western Ghats) and the dam is erected across the Karamanathodu River, a tributary of River Kabini.

If legends are to be believed then Banasura, the Asura king undertook severe penance at the hill’s top point and thus the place has been named after him. The Banasura hills and the dam are popular for starting point for trekking expedition.

History

Comprising of a dam and a canal, the Indian Banasura Sagar Project focuses on being the support of the Kakkayam Hydroelectric power project and contributing to making available water for drinking and irrigation purposes.

Highlight

At the time of monsoon, the surroundings of the dam become all the more beautiful. At the time of rains, tourists can also see tiny islands in the reservoir of the dam, which form after flooded reservoir merges with the surroundings. The clean placid waters of the dam with scattered tiny islands, is a delight.

The place is also quite popular as a picnic spot with a stunning view, amid locals as well as tourists.

Boat rides

Enjoy rides in special speed boats.

Best time to visit Banasura Sagar dam

November to May

Other nearby attractions

Shri Ayyappa Temple, Shri Nath Temple, and Nirur Shiva Temple