At a distance of 22 km from Kalpetta, 21 km from Mananthavady, 46 km from Sulthan Bathery, Banasura Dam is the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia. The dam was built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River. This is one of the prime attractions in Wayanad district.
The dam was built in 1979 to support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric Power Project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water of the region. The reservoir is marked with a cluster of small size islands. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the tourists.
About one km walk from the dam entrance will lead to the boating area which offers speed boating facility in the breathtaking backwaters of the dam. There are also Jeeps available that charge Rs. 100 per person to take visitors from entrance to the boating area. There is a small garden and children play area near the dam. This place is also famous for fish spa.
The dam is a place of great natural beauty. The dam is near Aruval, which is connected by few buses with Kalpetta.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM, Boating Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children, Rs. 25 for Still Camera and Rs. 150 for Video Camera.
Boating Fee: Rs. 750 for 5 persons (Speed Boat)