We reched out hotel and in the evening went out exploring the street food, we had Beef / Chicken with mallabar paratha, the taste was ok.
The place is situated near Sultan Bathery. You need to trek a lot to get to this place. First we need to do steep trek of appx 1.5-2Km and then after reaching the caves, you need to do stair trek (approx 500). A very good city view awaits for you at the top. Also includes stone age writings.
On my way back, I enjoyed a sumptuous lunch in Bathery, another small town 30 kms away from Kalpetta. Sultan Bathery (popularly known as Bathery) in the ancient times was a reservoir of arms for Tipu Sulthan’s army, mainly due to its proximity to Mysore.The lunch was a gourmet on the platter. Several types of fish preparations are available. The one with a lot of organic herbs wrapped in a banana leaf was my favorite. Seasonally, one can also relish prawns. The black pepper juicy chicken was also something that I found unique in its preparation.On one of these days I also had a chance to enjoy the traditional Kerala meal. On a banana leaf they served six different types of curries with steam rice accompanied by papadam followed by a payasam (Kheer/sweet). It was authentic vegetarian food which included sambhar, rasam, beetroot, pineapple, payasam. Though serving on the banana leaf is not a very common tradition these days in Kerala but some restaurants on prior bookings can make the arrangements. Hotel Jubilee in Bathery is one of them.The rest of the evening was spent shopping in the local market. The most colorful lungis (traditional lower wear in South India) were available in some of the textile handloom showrooms. I also bought some spices like white pepper, cinnamon, etc. for the kitchen back home. Gandhi Gram outlets are some of the most genuine places for shopping.
Small town in Kerala with ATMs and Petrol bunks enroute Bandipur to Coorg, be cool with the coconut oil based cooking in order to enjoy the local cuisine