Banasura is the largest earth dam in India, and second-largest in Asia. The Banasura Sagar Dam is situated at a distance of 20 Km from kalpett, the district headquarters.
Banasura Sagar Dam is named after the Asura King Banasura, son of Mahabali. Being an important tourist attraction, the Banasura Sagar dam is situated at the foot of Banasura Hill. The dam provides water for kakkayam reservoir situated in the Kozhikode district. Banasura Sagar Dam supports kakkayam Hydroelectric power project that contributes to irrigation.
Banasura Sagar Dam is an ideal place for boating and trekking. Tourists visit this place to enjoy the scenic locations.
Banasura Sagar Dam is opened all days including weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.
Tourists can also see small islands in the dam's reservoir. Many new islands will be formed upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill and the classic backdrop offered by the rain-bearing clouds will provide a hypnotizing sight to tourists.
The green hills surround the dam nearly all the way and plantations of various kinds- coconut, betel nuts cover the remaining boundaries. A small park with a flower garden also can be seen on the dam top. Banasura Hill Resorts is a nature resort beyond compare.
One can also experience thrilling activities such as boating, trekking, horse riding etc.
It is said that Banasura hill peak is one of the most challenging treks.
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport situated 90kms away. One can avail of taxi services at the airport itself.
There is no rail route for the Wayanad district. Tourists can opt for a train to Kozhikode which is the nearest railway station to Wayanad.
As Banasura Sagar Dam is located 21kms from Kalpetta, tourists can board buses or taxis for travelling.
Tourists can reach kalpetta by road easily.
If you are planning to visit Banasura Sagar Dam, you should definitely try speed boating which is the best pass time. For photographers, the view from the top of the dam provides a wonderful experience.
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