Banasura Sagar Dam

It is worth visiting Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad, the largest earth dam in the country located almost 21 kilometers from Kalpetta. People who visit Wayanad never return without visiting this hot tourist spot. Made up of large stones and boulders, Banasura Sagar Dam consists of a canal also other than the dam to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project.  People love to enjoy the beauty of serene nature and mind-blowing mountains while visiting this marvelous tourist spot.

A photographer’s delight

There is no doubt that Banasura Sagar Dam is truly a photographer’s delight as it is fascinating to capture the beauty of the crystal clear water of the dam with the small surrounding islands formed during monsoon.  These small islands are usually formed when the flooded reservoir of the dam immerses the nearby areas. Simply watch the large expanse of water and enjoy the scenic beauty of the nature with picturesque mountains on the backdrop.

An excellent trekking point

You will love to watch the long mud structure of Banasura Sagar Dam which is the second largest dam of this kind in Asia. Surrounded by thick foliage, travelers will be fascinated by the beauty of the small islands dotted in the reservoir developed by the dam. Once you visit this area, you will find that it is an excellent picnic spot because of the magnificent views that it offers. Simply hire a powerboat to go for skimming across the large expanse of crystal clear water and zigzag between the exhilarating small islands. Many adventure tourists find the picturesque mountains of the region attractive and the dam site can be a starting point for them to enjoy trekking.

How to reach there

Constructed in the famous Banasura Lake, this earthen dam is almost 21 kilometers away from Kalpetta, the capital town of the Wayanad district. The nearest airport to Banasura Sagar Dam is Kozhikode / Calicut International Airport which is approximately 100 kilometers from Kalpetta and the nearest railway station is Kozhikode. Travelers can hire taxis from the airport or railway station to reach Kalpetta. There are many government and private bus services also available to reach this destination. Travelers can find budget-friendly accommodation also at Kalpetta.

Best time to visit

There are several temples near to Banasura Sagar Dam such as Shri Ayyappa Mandir, Nirur Shiva Mandir and Shri Nath Mandir and tourists can visit these temples during their visit to Banasura Sagar Dam. From November to May is the best time to visit Wayanad due to the favorable climate.

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