Karyathanpara awaits the promise of dawn. Fresh, green and quiescent, it earnestly looks forward to its metamorphosis into a holiday hub when world-weary travellers would put up their feet and watch the Kuttiadi river quietly embracing battalions of acacia trees.
Karyathanpara has better known neighbours — the Kakkayam Dam site and the Urakkuzhi waterfalls. Situated in the Koorachund panchayat of Kozhikode district, Karyathanpara nestles next to the Western Ghats and Wayanad and enjoys soothing weather most of the year. If on a late April afternoon, with brooding, dark clouds looming in the sky, it tends to become sweaty and sticky, residents are quick to blame the impending rain for the humid air.This serene catchment area has not risen beyond being an ethereal backdrop to wedding videos and music albums. Karyathanpara at its scenic best, when the rains have retired and the sun is still edgy, is a painting. Miles of grass rolling over mounds and dips is fenced by the mild river. Like soldiers guarding the river are scores of acacia on its banks planted by the Irrigation Department and it now lends the place its landscape.