Banasura Sagar Dam

Lake / Backwaters

Photo Credit: Flickr

Distance (From Wayanad): 22 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: Reach before 3 PM to get boating ticket

About Banasura Sagar Dam


At a distance of 21 km from Mananthavady, 22 km from Kalpetta, and 46 km from Sulthan Bathery, Banasura Sagar Dam is an earthen dam situated in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The dam was built across the Karamanathodu River, a tributary of River Kabini, and is one of the most popular Wayanad tourist places.

Ideally placed in the foothills of Banasura hills, it is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The dam got its name from Banasura, the son of King Mahabali, the famous ruler of Kerala. It is said that Banasura undertook severe penance on the top of the hills. Banasura hill is the third-largest peak in the Western Ghats.

History of Banasura Sagar Dam


The dam was built in 1979 under the Indian Banasura Sagar Project which was started to support the Kakkayam Hydro Electric Power Project. This project also aimed at contributing to the drinking water and irrigation requirements of the locals during the hot summer season. Banasura Sagar Dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders. The reservoir is marked with a cluster of small islands which were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas during monsoon season. These islands with the background of Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the tourists as part of Wayanad packages.

Boating at Banasura Sagar Dam


About a 1 km walk from the dam entrance will lead to the boating area which offers a speed boating facility in the breathtaking backwaters of the dam. Speed & pedal boats are available & are major hits with tourists. Speed boat ride, in particular, is an exhilarating experience & not to be missed. There are also Jeeps available that charge Rs. 100 per person to take visitors from the entrance to the boating area. There is a small garden and children's play area near the dam. This place is also famous for its fish spa. Many people visit the place to go trekking at Banasura Hill.

Boating Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM

Boating Fee: Rs. 450 for 5 persons (Speed Boat)

Best Time to Visit Banasura Sagar Dam


The best time to visit Banasura Sagar Dam is from November to May. Monsoon is also the best time to enjoy the glory of the reservoir and the dam. The green surroundings overlooking the dam are something to cherish.

Banasura Sagar Dam Timings


Monday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM

Banasura Sagar Dam Entry Fee


Entry Fee: Rs. 40 for Adults, Rs. 20 for Children, Rs. 40 for Camera & Rs. 40 for Parking

How to Reach Banasura Sagar Dam


The dam is near Aruval, which is connected by a few buses with Kalpetta.