Across the Karamanathodu River, a tributary of River Kabini, in Kalpetta, Banasura Sagar dam located. It is considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. It got its name from ‘Banasura’, the son of King Mahabali, the famous ruler of Kerala. Banasura Sagar dam is ideally placed in the foothills of Banasura hills. It’s said that ‘Banasura’ undertook severe penance on the top of the hills. Banasura hill is the third largest peak in the Western Ghats.
To support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric power project, the dam here was constructed on behalf of the Banasura Sagar project in 1979. The main purpose is to fulfill the water demand for irrigation and drinking purposes. The dam, situated around twenty-one kilometer away from Kalpetta is a lovely tourist destination in Wayanad. Banasura dam is made up of large stacks of stones and boulders. This spot of enchantment has no parallel elsewhere. It’s located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees. With its placid crystal clear waters Banasura could be a tremendous picnic spot.
A set of islands in the dam’s reservoir was formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas during monsoon season. It’s one of the beautiful sights over here. For those who visit the dam, this island with the Banasura hills in the background is a visual treat. The tourists are attracted towards Banasura Sagar dam because of this peculiarity. The dam is very close to Karalad Lake, another tourist hotspot in Wayanad.
We can engage yourself in trekking and boating at Banasura Sagar dam, where trekking is one of the top attractions here. We can plan a trek to the dark forests of Banasura Peak. A boating trip in the lake and the dam is also a unique experience for the travelers. We can choose either speedboat or pedal boat. We can also plan a trip to the small nature park, very near to the boating place. This park with its traditional tree swings will provide cheerful moments for kids. The best season to be at Banasura Sagar dam is from November to May. We can also plan a visit to temples like Shri Ayyappa Mandir, Shri Nath Mandir, Nirur Shiva Mandir very near to Banasura Sagar Dam.