Kalpetta (Malayalam: കല്പറ്റ) is a city and a municipality in the Wayanad district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a small town surrounded by dense coffee plantations and mountains, is the headquarters of the Wayanad district. It lies on the Kozhikode-Mysore National Highway (NH 212) at an altitude of about 780 miles above sea level.
Kalpetta lies on Kozhikode-Mysore National Highway NH766. It is 72 km from Kozhikode and 140 km from Mysore.
Kalpetta – Bangalore (280 KM): Sulthan Bathery – Gundlupet - Mysore(NH212)(Night travel not allowed)
Kalpetta – Bangalore (312KM): Mananthavady - Kutta- Mysore (Night travel allowed)
Kalpetta - Mysore : 140KM via Sulthan Bathery (NH212 - No Night Travel), 172KM via Mananthavady, Kutta (Use for Night Travel).
Kalpetta – Ooty (127KM) : Meppadi – Gudalur
Kalpetta – Madikeri (135KM): Mananthavady - Kutta
Kalpetta - Kannur (123KM) : Mananthavady - Koothuparamba
Kalpetta - Malappuram (99KM) : Thamarassery - Areekkode - Manjeri
Kalpetta - Kozhikode (72KM) : Vythiri - Thamarassery
Buses: There are 4 KSRTC buses (1 sleeper, 2 Airavat Volvo and 1 Rajahamsa)that leave Bangalore in the night. There are also private buses that ply on this route from Bangalore.
Railway: The nearest Railway station is Kozhikode (72 kms from Kalpetta).
Flight: Nearest Airport is Calicut International Airport.
Kalpetta is quite a small town and one can get around the main town centres by foot. There are also shared and independent auto rickshaws that one can hire for nominal charges (most places in town will cost you Rs.20).
There is also a new bus stand in Kalpetta main town.
To go out, your hotels can arrange taxis for you.
There is not much to see in Kalpetta town, per se, but it is located at the centre of many tourist attractions at close distances.
1. Pookote Lake: 10 kms from Kalpetta town. A serene lake and a popular tourist destination, which has boating facilities and an aquarium.
2. Lakkidi View Point: This is the gateway to Wayanad and one can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the zig-zag ghat section highway below. The view point is on the highway itself.
1. Banasura Sagar Dam - 24 km - considered the largest earthen dam in India.
2. There is also the Banasura waterfalls, which is a short hike from the main road. The monsoon makes the falls come alive and sheer force of the water is impressive.
1. Soochipara Falls, also known as Sentinel Rock Falls - 20 km
2. Meenmutty Falls - 25 km - 2 km jungle hike to spectacular waterfall
3. Kanthanpara Falls - 22 km
4. Chembra Peak - 17 km - a 2100 meter peak, the highest in the area
5. Neelimala View Point -near Meenmutty Falls - 27 km
6. Sunrise Valley - a great place to watch the rising and setting sun set amidst dramatic mountain scenery - 22 km
(Note: A few of the waterfalls might be closed in the monsoon).
Towards Sulthan Bathery:
1. Karapuzha Dam - 40 km
2. Edakkal Caves - 28 km
3. Chethalayam Falls - 37 km
4. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary - 42 km
5. Wayanad Heritage Museum, Ambalavayal - 25 km
6. Uravu - an NGO that works in the area of indigenous sciences and technology. They run a successful bamboo crafts design and production centre along with a bamboo nursery - 12 km
7. Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple - 24
8. RARS (Regional Agricultural Research Station) - 25 km
9. Phantom Rock - 26 km
1. Kuruva Islands - 40 km
2. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary - 59
3. Pakshipathalam - 71 km
4. Pazhassi Raja's Tomb - 35 km
5. Thirunelli Temple - 64 km
6. Papanasini, Thirunelli - 64 km
7. Pallikkunnu Church - 19 km
8. Korome Mosque - 47 km
9. Jain Temples (Ruined) at Punchavayal and Puthenangadi (near Panamaram) - 20km
10. Valliyoorkav Bhagavathi Temple - 24 km
11. Seetha Lava-Kusha Temple - 50 km
12. Thrissilery Shiva Temple - 50 km
13. Brahmagiri - a 1608 meter peak (Actually, situated with in borders of Karnataka State) - 61km
14. Paingatteri Agraharam -a settlement of Tamil Brahmins organised in the classic architectural typology of row houses - 28 km
Trek the Chembra Peak:
At 2100 metres above mean sea level, Chembra peak, with its lakes and meadows makes for a fascinating trek and offers breathtaking views. The climb is not very difficult, nor dangerous. The first 2 phases is easy to moderate and the final phase is slightly steep.
You have to take permission from the forest department and pay Rs.500 entry fee (for Indians) for upto a group of 10 people. The department is obliged to send a guide along with you.
There are numerous trek blogs out there which give a lot of information about this trek.
Non-Vegetarian: There are quite a few restaurants in Kalpetta that serve meat. Fish fry is the local delicacy.
Vegetarian: Veg options are generally limited here. There is one Udupi hotel that serves south and north Indian veg food, which is quite decent. It is located in Affas complex, opposite main bus stand
There is only one bar in Kalpetta and one wine shop.
The wine shop is government owned and though cheaper than Bangalore, can be quite a daunting task to purchase from. There will be huge queues and beer will not be refrigerated and options are limited.
Suggestion is to carry your own and ask your hotel to keep the beer in the refrigerator.
There are numerous budget hotels in Kalpetta that are not listed on Trip Advisor or other hotel booking sights but can provide decent accommodation on arrival at relatively low cost.
Wynd Valley Resort
This is a beautiful Malabar style clump of cottages in Kalpetta. Prices are on the higher side but one liking to spend will get their money's worth.