Tholpetty, located in Kerala and close to the border of Karnataka, has a charming landscape with winding roads over extensive stretches of mountains, valleys and forests inter-mingling with green paddy fields.

A part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty is an important part of the Nilgiri Biosphere with varied species of flora and fauna. It also lies adjacent to Nagarhole Park in Karnataka.

The primary attraction of this village is the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. The night camping experience on the shore of the lake with the park is highly popular.

Tholpetty is one of the significant tourist attractions in Kerala, South India. Tholpetty is a well-known and prominent place as tourist destination owing to a beautiful and charming landscape. It has an extensive stretch of mountain ranges towering on all the sides. Tholpetty is breathtaking with its spectacular and serene atmosphere attracting the tourists to visit and revisit this heavenly place.

Tholpetty is abundantly rich with flora and fauna. The richness in flora and fauna is a natural invitation to its animal wealth and bird’s species. One of the rarest species can also be seen here. A panoramic view with abundance of natural beauty is the best options that one would never wish to miss during his lifetime.

The showers present a green lush all around the region giving a pleasant feeling. The deciduous forests are abundantly opulent in bio-diversity and form one of the exceptional integral parts of the Nilgiri Reserve. This was the place the Malabar King Pazhassi Raja fought the British and has become the main reason to acquire historical importance.

Tholpetty is abundantly rich with natural wealth, a fact significantly obvious from the number of trees it has with medicinal values.


Tholpetty does not figure much in South Indian / Kerala's history. However, for the locals, Tholpetty is important for it is here that the revered Malabar King, Pazhassi Raja (fondly called the "Lion of Kerala"), waged one of his wars against the Colonial British.

Pazhassi Raja was the king of the Kottayam Royal family (near modern day Thalassery, Kannur district) of the Malabar region during the last decades of the 1700's. He achieved the title Veera ("Brave") when he fought a guerilla war against British occupation.


Air: Nearest airport is Karipur international airport at Kozhikode, which is about 120 km away from Tholpetty city. Karipur is connected to many cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Airline services are available from Karipur to many gulf countries, like Oman, Quatar, Kuwait and Saudi. Taxi services are available from the airport to Tholpetty costing about Rs 2500.

Rail: Nearest Railhead to Tholpetty is Kozhikode railway station, which is nearly 130 km away. Taxi services are available from railway station to Tholpetty costing about Rs 2500. Kozhikode is well connected to all major cities in India and regular direct train services are available from Kozhikode to Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai and Bangalore.

Road: KSRTC buses connect Tholpetty with all nearby cities. Public super fast buses connect Tholpetty with Trivandrum, Mangalore and Kochi. Deluxe bus services are available from Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum up to Kozhikode.

STD Code
Summer 23-35°C, Winter 10-24°C
Best time to visit
September to May