Kalpetta at a glance:
Coordinates: 11.6103° N, 76.0828° E
Kalpetta is a town and a municipality. Kalpetta is the headquarters of Wayanad district, as well as the headquarters of Vythri taluk. It is a bustling town surrounded by dense coffee and tea plantations and mountains. Apart from the administrative capital of the district, Kalpetta is also the centre of tourism activities in Wayanad due to its central location within the district and its proximity to most visited tourist sites. There is a good number of hotels and resorts within and surrounding Kalpetta town.
How to reach Kalpetta:
By Air :
The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport. Take a cab from outside the airport to the required destination.
By Rail :
Kozhikode railway station is the nearest railway station. Taxies are available from the airport.
By Road :
Kalpetta is easily approachable from many neighbouring cities.
Places to visit in Kalpetta:
Banasura Sagar Dam:
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Earning a title of India’s largest earth dam, Banasura Sagar Dam is a mini-hydro project located 21 km from Kalpetta. It also forms an ideal path to hike and trek towards the Banasura Peak.
Given the terrain, landscapes and sceneries, Hiking is also a popular activity in the town.
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A 30 m high waterfall located 22 km from Kalpetta, Kanthanpara Waterfalls is quite a bewitching sight. To visit this waterfall, the best way is via the main road.
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Karapuzha Dam offers a splendid sight of this wonderful man-made marvel built over a Karapuzha River, nature’s creation. The scenic view of the river from the dam is simply amazing.
Koottamundu Glass Temple:
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An important pilgrimage for Jains, Koottamunu Glass Temple was created to honour the famous Jain saint Parshawanatha Swami. Situated 22 km from Kalpetta on the hillside Vellarimala, devotees come here to pay their respect and meditate.
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Meenmutty Falls lies in Kalpetta offering a mesmerizing sight and is considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in the region. Falling from an altitude of 300 m above the sea level, it is a three-tiered waterfall. Must visit attraction for bouts of fresh air and enchanting nature’s beauty.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary:
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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Wayanad in Kapetta region is a popular destination among tourists. Spread across an area of about 345 sq km, the place is covered with thick forest and provides a natural habitat to a variety of birds and animals.
Neelimala View Point:
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A place for adventure seekers, Neelimala Viewpoint can be reached via trekking all the while offering several amazing trek trails. The view of the valley from the top is simply enchanting along with the picturesque vision of Meenmutty Falls.
Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary:
Habitat of a variety of exotica rare birds and animals, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is located at an altitude of 1740 m above the sea level. It is a delightful place for nature lovers as well as the wildlife buffs.
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One of the most popular and sought after pilgrimage centre in north Kerala, Pallikkunnu Church is also referred to as ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’. Situated about 19 km away from Kalpetta, this Latin Catholic Church was created by a famous priest Fr.
Puliyarmala Jain Temple:
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Dedicated to Saint Ananthanatha Swami, a well known Jain saint Puliyarmala Jain Temple is an ancient place located 4 km north of Kalpetta.
Shopping in Kalpetta:
Kalpetta is a small town where you have many options available for shopping. If you are a coffee lover, this place is paradise. Other than that, this town is well known for its spices especially pepper, artefacts, honey, tea, bamboo products, ivory craft and coconut shell craft.
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Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, this three-step cascade waterfall presents a beautiful art of nature. Located just 22kms from Kalpetta, it falls from a height of 200 m and offers visitors leisure activities like bathing, rafting and swimming.
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Thirunelly Temple is an ancient temple established about 3000 years ago. Situated in Wayanad, it is known for its incredible architecture adorned with 30 granite columns.
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Located 16 km from Kalpetti, Vaduvanchal is a place known for several attractions including Phantom Rock and Cheenigeri Mala. The Cheenigeri Mala is a famous place housing a fascinating skull-shaped rock lying in the proximity to Ambalavayal town.
Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple:
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Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple is a temple with Goddess Durga as its presiding deity in three forms namely: Vana Durga, Bhadrakali, and Jala Durga.
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Varambetta Mosque is a beautiful mosque constructed about 300 years ago. It is believed to the oldest mosque of the town and is known for its annual celebration held in March on quite a grand scale.
Wayanad Heritage Museum:
A place for history buffs, Wayanad Heritage Museum offers its visitors an intriguing collection of artefacts belonging to 2nd century that are tagged as rare.
What to eat in Kalpetta:
Local Food and CuisineThe main cuisine offered by the town of Kalpetta is Konkani. Sambhar and Rasam are the spicy curries served their which are must-try. When it comes to eating out of your place of stay in the town, you will find a plethora of restaurant and eating joints stacked in the area serving their local authentic cuisines.