About KalpettaThe headquarters of the Wayanad district, Kalpetta, is a small busy town in Kerala. Brimming with people, it is a bright town bounded by tea and coffee plantations from all sides. One can also see lush green mountains in this town. Due to its central location in Wayanad, it is also the tourism headquarters of this district. One can find a number of good hotels and resorts in Kalpetta.
History of KalpettaUntil AD 930, this beautiful town was under the reign of Western Ganga Dynasty. It came under the direct rule of the Kingdom of Mysore. After Mysorean invasion it came under the rule of Tipu Sultan.
The birth town of Indian Independence movement in Wayanad was Kalpetta, the first conference being held in 1921.
The town became the headquarters of Wayanad district on 1st November, 1980.
The etymology of Kalpetta is believed to have been derived from Jainism. It is believed that the town was named by Jain migrants from Karnataka. Kal and pettah implies deposits of stones. And all sorts of stones are found across this town. Thus, the name!
You will find a number of government offices in Kalpetta because it is the main headquarters. Almost all the offices of the press and of the political parties operate from here.
Caution: If you are going to Mysore from Kalpetta, avoid taking NH 212 as there is a ban on traffic on this road at night as it passes through the Bandipur National park. Instead, leave NH 212 and proceed to Mananthavady, Kutta, Gonikoppal, Hunsur and then Mysore.
Trade and Shopping in KalpettaBeing one of the major trade centers of Kerala, it is one of the 18 markets of (Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam. It is so important that coffee prices prevailing here are reported in national newspapers like the Economic Times.
Recently, it has seen innumerable shops and showrooms being set up. The major ones are jewelry, electronics and merchandise clothes. All of Kerala’s book publishers have their outlets in Kalpetta.
Industries in KalpettaMilma, one of the big dairy brands of Kerala, is located at Chuzali which comes under the Kalpetta Municipal Limits. It daily process over 1 lakh litres of milk and then market it to Wayanad, Mallapuram, Kannur and Kozikodhe. Ghee is also manufactured here. The market for ghee is Middle East Countries as well.
Tourism and hospitality industry has also prospered here since last couple of years. This has been accompanied by various resorts being setting up in Kalpetta.
Kalpetta is also the banking capital of Wayanad. SBI and SBT also has two branches each here.
Tourism in KalpettaThere is enough to see in this small town. This place is also renowned its famous Kalpetta religious locations where numerous pilgrims and tourists arrive every year and visit many famous temples in Kalpetta like Sri Maha Vishnu temple, Ayyappa Swamy temple, the Grammam Devi temple and numerous well known Jain temples. Kalpetta is a beautiful location which appeal every travel lovers from round the world. One can see astonishing waterfalls situated in Kalpetta which encompasses Kanthapara, Meenmutty and Soochipara. It is like a painting of an environment.
This location can be called as a Hindu pilgrimage as there are many religious places in Kalpetta and has numerous well known shrine and temples. The Maha Vishnu temple, dedicated to Lord Vishu - as its title proposes, is one of the few Vishnu temples in this district. The Grammam Devi Temple is very desired for the local women. The Ayappa Swamy temple is devoted to Lord Ayappa. This temple is located on the outskirts of the Kalpetta. Besides, there are some Jain temples in Kalpetta and Puliyarmala Jain Temple being the most documented one. Apart from these temples, Kalpetta furthermore houses the 300 year old Varambetta Mosque. The surrounding natural attractiveness is yet another feature bringing people to Kalpetta. The cascading waterfalls of Soochipara, Meenmutty & Kanthapara are all located in close proximity - making it a perfect spiritual - natural attractiveness combo! The most popular places are:
Mahatma Gandhi MuseumIf you are someone, who loves Indian history then this museum is a must visit. This is the place where Gandhiji rested during his visit to Wayanad. The museum has small souvenirs from his short visit. Must see!
Regional Coffee Research Station (RCRS)This Research Station comes under the Coffee Board of India. One can see what types of technologies are employed to get a good coffee yield, particularly from the robusta crop of coffee (a type of coffee seed)
M S Swaminathan Research FoundationThis centre is again a must visit. It was established to cultivate and promote community participation amongst the rural and the tribal people of Kalpetta. The centre also looks after developing sustainable methods of farming for the rural people.
It hosts a butterfly as well as a botanical garden. Various species of flora and fauna can be found in these gardens.
Puliyarmala Jain TempleOne of the few Jain temples hosted by Kerala, thus making it a must visit.
Utilities and Services in KalpettaServices are the essence of any town/district. Let’s have a look at the main amenities provided by Kalpetta.
Kalpetta North Post Office
Bangalore-Calicut Highway, Kainatty
Tel : 04936 202 270
Kalpetta Head Post office
Tel : 04936 202 333
Professional Courier Services
Nayana Tower, Behind ChemmannurJewellery, Pallithazhe Road
BanksWayanad District Cooperative Bank
NH 766, Silver Hills
04936 202 975
How to Reach Kalpetta
Via Road: Kalpetta is well connected by the roads. While NH212 connects Kalpetta with Mysore and Kozhikode, State Highways connect it with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Via Rail: Sadly, Wayanad has poor rail connectivity. However, the nearest railway station is Kozhikode Railway Station.
Via Air: The nearest airport is some 100 km fair from Kalpetta, the Calicut International Airport.
Quick FactsArea: 40.74 km²
Population: 31,580 (2011)
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