10 Best Things to Do in Kalpetta For a Fun Filled Trip

Activities to Do in Kalpetta

1. Visit heart-shaped Chembra Peak
2. Soochipara Falls aka Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
3. Be mesmerised by the green beauty of  Karapuzha Dam
4. Edakkal Caves Expedition
5. Visit Wayanad Heritage Museum
6. Dip in the beautiful Meenmutty Falls
7. Pray at Thirunelli Temple
8. Explore Kuruvadweep exhibits
9. Birdwatching at Pakshipathalam
10. Picnic at Kanthanpara Waterfalls 

Nestled in the verdant landscape of the Western Ghats, Kalpetta is a wonderful addition to your Kerala trip. Kalpetta is a tranquil haven, calling out to those seeking respite amidst nature's bounty.

Popular things to do in Kalpetta range from challenging treks and birdwatching to exploring spectacular waterfalls and visiting tribal villages. Nature enthusiasts can indulge in invigorating treks to Chembra Peak, where the allure of a heart-shaped lake awaits. You can visit the mysterious Edakkal Caves, adorned with prehistoric petroglyphs, and take a promising journey through time.

Kalpetta’s attractions go beyond historical and natural marvels. The rich cultural heritage of this vibrant town can be seen in its bustling markets where the aroma of freshly ground coffee mingles with the scent of spices. Adventure seekers can explore the expansive coffee plantations that are located on the hillsides.

Characterised by rolling hills and lush green valleys, Kalpetta is like one giant playground for those who love exploring the outdoors. You can go trekking through its winding trails, visit waterfalls or just enjoy the enchanting tranquillity. Kalpetta promises a forgettable journey into the heart of nature.

Here are some of the best things to do in Kalpetta:

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Visit Heart-Shaped Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is the highest mountain peak in Wayanad offering a serene environment. The mountain slopes offer wonderful trekking trails through lush green forests. You can ascend the watchtower and enjoy panoramic views.

This is a great place for nature photography as well. Trekking in Chembra Peak is one of the best things to do in Kalpetta. Your trek will take you past lush forests, waterfalls and a wonderful trail that leads to the heart-shaped lake.

Location: Chembra, Wayanad, Kerala, 673586

Timing: Monday to Sunday 7 am to 5 pm approx.
             Trekking Time 7 am to 2 pm approx.

Entry Fees: Entrance Fee - INR 20 approx.
                    Trekking booking charges - INR 750 for a group of 10 people approximately

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Soochipara Falls aka Sentinel Rock Waterfalls

Soochipara Falls or Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a beautiful cascading waterfall located in the lush green forests near Kalpetta. The waterfall is 200 metres high and forms a beautiful crystal-clear natural pool below. The water is simply mesmerising, inviting and perfect for a refreshing dip.

The trek to the waterfall is a treat on its own. The trekking trail is surrounded by tall, imposing evergreen trees and wild ferns and flowers the whole way. While you are here you can also try out rock climbing as well.

Location -
Soochipara Falls, Vellarimala, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673577

Timings -
Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm approx.

Entry Fees -
INR 80 per person approx.


Be mesmerised By The Green Beauty of Karapuzha Dam

Karapuzha Dam, a tranquil oasis near Kalpetta in Wayanad, enchants its serene ambience and scenic beauty. Nestled amidst lush greenery, the dam boasts pristine waters that reflect the azure sky above.

Things to do in Kalpetta Karapuzha Dam include leisurely walks along the dam's perimeter, boating, photography and more. This is also a great place to enjoy a picnic while soaking in panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

Location: Karapuzha Dam, Wayanad, Kerala 673593

Monday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm

Entry Fees:
 INR 30 per person for Adults approx.
 INR 10 per person for Children approx.
 INR 50 for Still Camera approx.
 INR 200 for the Video Camera approx.

Edakkal Caves Expedition

Don’t miss the 7000-year-old petroglyphs inside Edakkal Caves These are not exactly caves but they are prehistoric rock shelters and the petroglyphs found here are phenomenal in size as well as complexity.

The engravings feature human figures, animals, tools, day-to-day activities and lots more. Scripts in many languages were also discovered suggesting that these caves were inhabited at different times in history.

Location: Edakkal Caves, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 4 pm

Entry Fees:
INR 50 per person for Indians approx.
INR 60 per person for Foreign Tourists approx.
INR 25 for Still Camera approx.
INR100 for Video Camera approx.
INR 70 for Jeep Shuttle Service (for 8 people) approx

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Visit Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum is a treasure trove of Neolithic relics which captivate you during your visit. You get to see ancient tools, pottery, and artefacts dating back to the Neolithic age.

You can marvel at the ingenuity of the Neolithic man as you explore the curated collections of this fascinating museum.

Location: Wayanad Heritage Museum, Ambalavayal, Kerala, 673593

Timing: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees: 
INR 50 per person for Adults approx.
INR 50 for Still Camera approx.


Dip in the Beautiful Meenmutty Falls

Meenmutty Waterfalls is a spectacular hidden gem found in the lush green forests of Kalpetta Wayanad. The cascading water of the falls drops in tiers making for a truly breathtaking sight. The best things to do in Kalpetta are to take a refreshing dip in the cool water and enjoy a leisurely swim.

The forest offers perfect trekking trails for adventure enthusiasts. This is also a great place for nature photography as well as riverside camping.

Location: Meenmutty waterfalls Wayanad, Korome- Karimbil Rd, Thondernad, Kerala, 670731

Timings: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees: 
INR 30 per person for Adults approx.
INR 15 per person for Children approx.
INR 60 per person for Foreign Tourists approx.
INR 75 for Still Camera approx.


Pray at Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple is a timeless sanctuary located in the foothills of the Brahmagiri hills. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it resonates with 3000 years of spiritual history, serenity and devotion. Marvelling at the splendid ancient architecture of the Temple which stands tall amid lush forests and rolling hills is one of the most fascinating things to do in Kalpetta.

Pilgrims flock here to seek blessings, while history enthusiasts marvel at its enduring legacy, making Thirunelli Temple a sacred pilgrimage site of profound significance.

Location: North Wayanad, Thirunelli Road, Thirunelly, Kerala, 670646

Timings: Monday to Sunday 5:30 am to 12 pm; 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Entry Fees: No Entry Fee

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Explore Kuruvadweep Exhibits

The beautiful Kuruvadweep is formed by a cluster of small islands in the Kabini River. This uninhabited island is rich in rare types of flora and fauna such as beautiful orchids, medicinal herbs, etc. The forest is also home to a wide variety of migratory birds offering perfect opportunities for avid birdwatchers.

While here do not miss out on the special variety of fish cooked in Malabar spices with rice.

Location: Kuruva Island, Wayanad, Kalpetta, Kerala, 673579

Timing: 9 am to 3:30 pm

Entry Fees - 
110 per person for Indians approx.
200 per person for Foreign Tourists approx.
59 for Still Camera approx.

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Birdwatching at Pakshipathalam

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is home to an amazing variety of rare and exotic birds. It is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. The steep slopes of the Sanctuary provide exciting trekking trails that are challenging as well as exhilarating, making it one of the most adventurous things to do in Kalpetta.

Besides birdwatching, you can also catch a glimpse of elephants, bison, leopards, tigers, etc. Add a touch of adventure to your trip and explore the caves in the Sanctuary.

Location: Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary Wayanad, Tholpetty, Kalpetta, Kerala, 673121

Timings: Monday to Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fees:
INR 50 per person for Indians approx.
INR 200 per person for Foreign Tourists approx


Picnic at Kanthanpara Waterfalls

Hidden in the rich tropical forests of Wayanad lies the Kanthanpara Waterfalls, one of nature's most beautiful creations. The pool at the base of the waterfalls is refreshing and ideal for a leisurely swim. A picnic at this picturesque place is one of the most fun things to do in Kalpetta on your trip.

The area around the waterfalls is perfect for picnics and explorations. This is also a great place to catch a glimpse of the tribal communities that reside here and take a look at their artistry and handicrafts.

Location:  Kanthanpara Waterfalls Wayanad, Meppadi, Kerala, 673577

Timings: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fees:
INR 40 per person approx.
INR 1000 for Bird watching for a group of 5 people approx.
INR500 for Trekking for a group of 4 people approx.

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People Also Ask About Kerala

  1. How to reach Kalpetta?

    The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport (Kozhikode), located about 85 km away. It takes 2 to 3 hours from the airport to Kalpetta by cab or bus. The closest major railway station is also in Kozhikode, approximately 72 km from Kalpetta. From here you can take a bus or taxi. Kalpetta is also well-connected by road by frequent state-run and private buses from cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram directly to Kalpetta.
  2. How is the weather at Kalpetta?

    Kalpetta enjoys a tropical climate with moderate weather year-round due to its elevation in the Western Ghats. In the summers the temperature hovers between 25°C to 34° while in winter it dips to 15°C to 25°C.
  3. What is the Speciality of Kalpetta?

    Kalpetta stands out for its captivating natural beauty and cultural richness, nestled in the heart of Wayanad, Kerala. Some of the best things to do in Kalpetta are exploring its coffee plantations, learning about its rich biodiversity, visiting historical sites and trekking in the challenging trekking trails.
  4. Which is the best time to visit Kalpetta?

    Kalpetta is a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys moderate weather throughout the year. The ideal time to visit Kalpetta is during the cooler, drier months from October to February. During this period, the weather is most favourable for outdoor activities and sightseeing with temperatures ranging between 15°C and 25°C. This is also the time of several local festivals and events, adding a cultural richness to your visit.
  5. Which are the 5 best places to visit in Kalpetta?

    The most popular places to visit in Kalpetta are:
    1. Chembra Peak: The highest peak in Wayanad, Chembra is known for its heart-shaped lake and breathtaking trekking routes.
    2. Edakkal Caves: These ancient caves feature stunning petroglyphs that date back over 3,000 years.
    3. Meenmutty Falls: A magnificent three-tiered waterfall, Meenmutty is one of the largest in Wayanad and offers a challenging trek through dense forests.
    4. Wayanad Heritage Museum: Located in Ambalavayal near Kalpetta, this museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts from the Neolithic age.
    5. Thirunelli Temple: This ancient temple is revered for its sacred waters and serene environment.
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