Kalpetta is situated on the border of Tamilnadu and Karnataka, Wayanand is the district in Kerala which came into existence in year 1980 by carving out areas from Kannur and Kozhikode district. It is one of the bustling towns which are surrounded by dense tea and coffee plantations and mountains. It is lying on the Kozhikode-Mysore National highway NH766 which is at the altitude of 780 m above the sea level. Kalpetta is just 72 Km from Kozhikode and 140Km from Mysore. Wayanand is having the pleasant weather across the year. It is one of the famous tourist destination with numerous waterfall, lakes/Dams, Hill stations, wild life sanctuaries and of course pilgrimage. It could be regarded as the Hindu pilgrimage as it is having many of the temples and shrines. Some of the famous temples/ shrines are- The Maha Vishnu temple, Ayappa Swamy temple etc.
With respect to weather it is quite favourable across the year but still the suitable and best time to visit is mentioned as winter season.
How to reach Kalpetta?
Even though it’s a small sleepy town which is filled with the aroma of coffee, still there seems no issue with respect to transport. You could reach out to this small town through all modes of transport like Air, Rail and road.
Nearest airport is Kozhikode International Airport which is just 56Kms distance away. Even though it is available it is recommended that people or tourists should travel via train. From railway station there are numerous options for travelling like private buses, cabs and state buses. When you are on the route to Mysore on NH212, Past Wayanand boundary district (known as Kerala state boundary) it passes across Bandipur national park. There has been restriction imposed on the stretch of NH212 since 2009. In such situation you are advised to take the alternate route where you would be leaving NH212 at Kalpetta and then proceed towards Mysore via Kutta, Gonikoppal, Hunsur and Mananthavady.
Top 10 places to visit in Kalpetta
- Pookode lake
- Banasura Sagar Dam
- Karalad Lake
- Soochipara Falls
- Chembra Lake
- Neelima View Point
- Sunrise Valley
- Phantom Rock
- Chain Trees
- Wayanand Ghats Road view point
Where to stay and eat?
The major cuisine which is offered in town of Kalpetta is Konkani. Rasam and Sambhar are the spicy curries which are served. But when it comes to go out and eat, then you would come across plethora of eating joints and restaurants stacked in the location for serving authentic cuisine. Cuisine of Kerala is marked with the dominance of coconut, rice, variety of non-vegetarian dishes, seafood and ample use of the cloves, pepper, Ginger, Cardamom, chillies etc which are adding flavour and taste to foods. There are balanced blend of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes which comprise of various root and tabular basis. Traditionally, food is served on the banana leaf in Kerala and almost every dishes which are prepared in Kerala has spices and Kerala to the flavour of the local cuisine.
Some of the renowned hotels or restaurants around Kalpetta are- The Woodlands Hotel Restaurants, By-The-Way, Jubilee restaurants, Green Gates Hotel, Blue Ginger Resorts, Haritagiri Ecotel etc.
Kalpetta is offering wide range of tourist attractions and are having well grown industry. It is offering specific kinds of accommodation from hotels with luxury and mid level accommodations. Almost all the hotels are providing marvellous and amazing views for comfortable stay. Some of the well known hotels which have flourished across the area are mentioned below-Babas Holiday nest, Verdure Plantation resort, Green Gates Hotel, Wayanad Silver Woods resort etc. Best suggested time for visiting the location is during the month from October till March.