Banasura Dam

#1 of 7 things to do in Wayanad

The Banasura Dam is a part of the Karamanathodu tributary, which consists of a dam and a canal. Its goal to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and also meet the demands for irrigation and drinking water. There is a set of islands that were formed in the dam’s reservoir when it submerged the area around it. The dam, which is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia, has a massive collection of stones and boulders. The Banasura Dam is located at a distance of around 21 km from Kalpetta, the capital of Wayanad district, located in the Western Ghats in Kerala. The dam has been named after Banasura, which means the son of Mahabali, who is believed as per Hindu mythology to be a much respected king of the state of Kerala. The dam attracts several tourists who visit the place for trekking at Banasura Hill and speed boating and pedal boating at Banasura Dam. The goals of the dam were not achieved and thus in the recent years, it is a part of the Hydel project and is India’s first Solar Atop Dam.