The Virgin Beauty of Banasura Island Resort in Wayanad
The Banasura Sagar in Wayanad, Kerela which is the second largest earth dam is Asia is truly one of the most breath taking places in God’s Own Country. In midst of this huge reservoir lies the Banasura Island Resort, a 15 acre spread of heaven on earth. Both the landscapes as well as the surroundings are mesmerizing in their effect on the human soul. The lush green environs at the island resort at Banasura offer the ideal getaway to rejuvenate the body and the mind. One almost feels that enlightenment is round the corner on this island.
Reaching the Banasura Island Resort One can get to the island from any of the major cities of the south as it lies located at ideal proximity from Bangalore (300Km), Mysore (150 Km), Mangalore (300Km), Ooty (120 Km), Kochi (290 Km) and Kozhikode (90 Km). The drive to this green patch of earth is equally pleasant as it soothes the eyes with calmness that is so rare in urban life. Entering the very premises of the island resort one can feel the warmth of hospitality of the place and the people.
The Stay at Banasura Island Resort Surrounded by the serene waters of the reservoir the island presents an extremely tranquil setting to spend a few days with your loved ones. The accommodation at the resort is at the Nalukettu Mansion which is built in the traditional Kerela design complying with elements of Vastu. The harmony of clay tiles with wooden roof lends a feel of timelessness to the building which is laced with all the comforts and modern amenities that one may desire. The sit out of the building provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding reservoir and smaller islands scattered across. There are single and double wooden cottages also to cater to varied requirements of visitors.
Sights around the Banasura Island Resort There are a host of wonderful sightseeing and adventurous spots all around the island. The Pookote natural lake nestled amidst lush green hill sides and meadows has facilities for boating, picnics, Children’s Amusement park and restaurants to some great time in an enchanting atmosphere. The natural splendor of the Meenmutty and Soojipura waterfalls lying next to the resort is awe inspiring. There are the Thirunelli and Jain Temples that speak eloquently of the rich architectural heritage of these interiors of Kerela. The Banasura reservoir itself has many engaging activities ranging from speed boating to ride in traditional round bamboo traditional boats. The reservoir and the adjacent wild life sanctuaries are a photographer’s delight.
Taking the Road Less Traveled at Banasura For those who are sick of the hustle bustle of city life the island is the ideal chance to unwind. The resort arranges a host of mild as well as difficult nature trails with trekking on the nearby hillocks. Apart from guided jeep tours of the sanctuaries there are provisions for bike hikes to interiors of the sanctuary. Natural therapeutic treatments available at the resort can also be tried out for the tired body and soul. Some of the treks include visits to nearby tea and coffee plantations leaving life long memories to cherish.
The trek to the Edakkal caves through the lush green jungle replete with hanging wooden bridges is truly one its kind of experience that is beyond description through words.
Planning a trip for couple days of enchantment at the Banasura resort is certain well worth the time and money that will leave with a longing to return soon to soak your soul in this sublime environs.