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Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad
Written by Kajani Shivam on June 30, 2020 Share on

Banasura Sagar Dam – Welcome to the Largest Earthen Dam in India!

Ever heard about the largest earthen dam in India? If yes, you should have heard about Banasura Sagar Dam. If you haven’t heard about this magnificent dam, it’s time to discover. Keep reading… Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the famous tourist spots at Wayanad in Kerala. It is the largest earthen dam in India & the second largest in Asia. Interestingly, this dam was constructed with massive stacks of stones and boulders. It stretches out for almost a kilometre and has a vast catchment area.

A click of Banasura Sagar Dam
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In addition, the view from the top of the Banasura Sagar Dam will make you awestruck. The best time to visit this dam is from November to May. If you are planning your vacation to Wayanad during these months, make sure you visit this beauty for an enthralling experience. Interestingly, you will also find some wildlife sanctuaries such as Kozhikode Wildlife Sanctuary, Bramhagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Also, never miss visiting Shri Ayyappa Mandir and Shri Nath Mandir which are located nearby the dam. Make sure you also cover these places for a lovely experience as visiting them are some of the best things to do in Wayanad.

History of Banasura Sagar Dam

Here is a quick history of Banasura Sagar Dam. This dam was constructed at the foot of Banasura Hill for two major purposes. It was constructed to support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric power project and to satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in the region. The hill is named after Banasura who was an asura king. Banasura was also the son of King Mahabali. The locals say that Banasura undertook a severe penance on the top of this hill and thus the place was named after him.

Activities to do in Banasura Sagar Dam

 Banasura Sagar Dam
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  • Trekking is one of the best things to do here. Make sure you trek through the mist-covered hills of Wayanad.
  • It offers an exciting jungle safari and is quite close to Kuruvadweep, which is a great island destination with mangrove trees.
  • Banasura Sagar Dam is also a picnic spot. You can plan your evening here with your family and friends for a scenic experience.
  • Make sure you visit the nature park which is nearby the boating area.
  • You can admire the beauty of this place with your loved ones and make your day a memorable one.
  • Horse riding is also available in this area. Get into some adventure by choosing horse riding.

Entry Fee

The entry fee for Banasura Sagar Dam is 10 INR per person. However, the speed boat charge is around 450 INR for 5 people. Also, you will be charged 10 INR as a parking fee.

Timings

Banasura Sagar Dam is open for the visitors from Monday to Sunday. Visitors can visit the dam from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Quick Tips

Elephant in Wayanad
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  • You will find a lot of elephants near this place. Also, make sure you view them from a distance.
  • The place is quite breezy in winter. So, make sure you wear woollen clothes.
  • Carry a mosquito repellant if you are planning to hike here.

Banasura Sagar Dam is a beautiful tourist spot in Wayanad. Your getaway to Wayanad is never complete without visiting this magnificent beauty. Get ready to be mesmerized. You can reach out to Pickyourtrail website and avail some cool travel packages. Also, download Pickyourtrail App to get 24/7 support during your vacation. In addition, follow this space for some amazing travel contents. It’s time to explore!!

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