Vadakara 

City 

Itfs realy local town rather than city. Town center is situated at just west of National high way, and still in old fashion. Lokanarkavu Temple is located just suburban of the town which is the most famous holy place of Kalarippayattu with the legend of ancient hero Tacholi Othenan.

Late Kottakal Kanaran Gurukkal, the master of C.V.N.Nair Gurukkal was born in the town.

Access

From Kannur north, 1.5h by exp bus. From Calicut south, 1.5h by exp bus. Frequent buses are available from both directions.

Stay

Arankal Residency Hotel near bus stand is recommendable

 

 School List

                 Kadathanad Chekor Kalari Sangham@@  movie link

Address

Puthuppanam Vadakara, Kozhikode 673105, Kerala, India

Tel 0496-2524067

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Master

Paroth Karunan Gurukkal  (photo up)               @@@@@@@mail

Coment

This kalari is Mecca of Kadathanad style in wadakkan schools which has long glorious history. Very famous among Vadakaras local people. Chekor means the Samurai in the duel judge of ancient keralan society. The kalari has typical village atmosphere which stands in the deep serenity together with Baghavati temple nearby. Paroth Karunan Gurukkal is now under treatment in hospital, then classes are almost closed these days. But you can ask some special arrangement for your practice to senior disciples. Every body say that their performance is pretty great, so itfs worth trying to see them.

Kadathanad@style is very deferent from major C.V.N style, and its bodily movements are similar to Chinese Kung-fu.

Stay

You can stay in local house nearby. But everything depends on circumstance. Or you can stay lodge hotel near central bus stand.

For more detail, please contact to Mr. P.Premanand

iMobil:9447075944j

Access

The kalari is located few Km south from Vadakara central bus stand, just west of National high way. Its possible to go there by local bus, but taking autorikshow is much easier

             Kadathanad K.P.C.G.M. Kalari Sangam      movie link

Address

Reg. No. 25/63 Puduppanam Vadakara Calicut Dist. Kerala India

Ph:0496-2528135

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Master

Madu Puduppanam Gurukkal @(Photo BelowAwith Cloth)       mail

Comment

The school has more than 200 years history. Father of the master is a famous Otta Payattu player, called Kadathanad Chandran Gurukkal.

The Dojo is located in greenery village just up to steep hill from National High Way. Compare with another school, its way of practice is purely traditional. The construction of the arena is also very old fashioned. Many children are practicing kalari here, and they have  high level of techniques and stamina. So after few years, this school must be the one of the most brilliant kalari in this region.

Stay

In the year 2007, itfs possible to stay private house in the village around 2000 Rs. Per month. For the lesson, it costs around 5000 Rs. Per month. About food, you should cook by yourself, or they can arrange local maid for that. Anyway every price is changing always, so you should ask directly by yourself.

Access

From Vadakara new Bus stand, take a bus to Quilandi. Then get down at the stop of Aravinndagosh Road. Turn to east at the corner of small shop by auto rikshow for 5 minutes. By walking from the shop, it takes 20 minutes. The most easiest way is just take auto rikshow from Vadakara bus stand.

                 Choorakkodi Kalari Sangam        movie link

Address

Villiappally Vadakara Calicut 673542 Kerala, India

Ph:0496-2535292

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Master

M.Kunhimoosa Gurukkal  (Photo up, right)

Comment

Master Kunhimoosa is a disciple of Paroth Karunan Gurukkal, Chekor Kalari. He has unique sense of method and the way of practice. It looks like very modernized rather than traditional. Many boys and girls are practicing here means itfs on the trend of nowadays.

They do very practical way, and their bodily movements are pretty sharp. Master Kunhimoosa is famous for spear technique.

Stay

You need direct enquiry

Access

From new bus stand, take local bus to Viliyappaly then get down at the last stop. There is the treatment office at shopping complex nearby, so ask  gwhere is the kalari ?h then somebody will pick you up to there. The kalari is located in a little remote area so it difficult to reach there by yourself.

Kadathanad Ankham Kalari Sangam

Address

Puduppanam Vadakara Calicut 673150 Kerala, India

Mobil:9847191749

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Master

M.E.Suresh Gurukkal  (Photo up, right)                 @@   mail

Comment

Ankham means ancient duel judge in malavar aria. It was highly Horner to get win for the duel. And specific caste was selected for the battle.

Itfs really simple local kalari with pure atmosphere of tradition with dig out arena. Master Suresh, math teacher in local high school, can speak English fluently, has rich knowledge of kalari ethnology.

Stay

There is a private cottage for foreign students near the kalari. Monthly fee is around 15000Rs include room, food, and kalari class.

Access

From Vadakara new Bus stand, take a bus to Quilandi. Then get down at the stop of Chinnakadda. Little back to bus stand, turn to the east at the sign board of the kalari. Then go forward along the path, you can get the kalari within 10 minutes.   The easiest way is just take auto rikshow from Vadakara bus stand, but I recommend by walking on village road for shanti scenary.

 

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