Kalpathy Temple, known otherwise as Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy Shrine, is ranked as one of the oldest Shiva temples of Kerala. With a history that dates back to 1425 A.D and a style of architecture that truly is enchanting, this temple attracts devotees and tourists alike. Located a few kilometers away from Palakkad town, the temple lies at Kalpathy village which grabbed the title of ‘the Varanasi of the South’ due to its significance in the cultural history of Southern India.
Kalpathy Ratholsavam, one of the most renowned temple festivals of Kerala, is celebrated here every year during the month of November. The Ratholsavam or the Chariot Festival attracts millions of devotees to Palakkad and has contributed extensively to the promotion of tourism in the region. The sight of extensively decked out chariots majestically drawn through the streets of the village is truly bewitching. The area surrounding the temple contains several Agraharams or old Tamil Brahmin Settlements which are part of the Heritage Protection Project initiated by Kerala Tourism Department.