Banasura Reservoir, Wayanad, Kerala – A sight to behold: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 27

Trees without leaves and fruits standing in the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
Trees without leaves and fruits standing in the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala

The Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad is the largest earth dam in India. Without getting into technicalities or its environmental impact (if any), I would say it has resulted in creating some stunning features.

The resulting reservoir is a large water body whose water level rises dramatically during the monsoons. Sprouting throughout are islands created when the reservoir submerged surrounding areas.

A view of the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
A view of the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala

And coming through are trees shorn of any leaves; they paint a ghostly image when it is misty and around sunset. A good place to film a horror flick.

The Government runs a motor boat that you can rent for a joyride. It is good fun actually, bringing you closer to many water birds. Pity they don’t start early morning before the sun becomes too harsh.

Savour the sights through the images here.

A view of the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
A view of the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
A nice place for a bath - Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
A nice place for a bath - Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
Mountains around the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
Mountains around the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
A motor boat ride in the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala
A motor boat ride in the Banasura reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala

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