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Official name is Kozhikode. Itfs the central town of Malabar region and very famous with Vasco Da Gama who landed India at first time on the coast of calicut. Around the era of Ming dynasty of China, Captain Zhèng took go on a voyage to Southeast Asia, India and Africa, anchored here in Calicut for trading. It was very centre of the global spice trading.

Now it is a bursting merchant city with endless wave of customers. In some scense, it is more sophisticated than Trivandrum the Capital city of Kerala. Around railway station, there spread old bazar with middle east   atmosphere for a good walk. Apart from the centre, there spread residential area with rustling Coconats leaves by the Arabian sea breeze. Mananchira Square, a new land mark of the city is very popular for weekend.

Access

From Trivandrum, 380km to the north. Many buses and trains are available. Night trip by express train is cooler and easier, but I recommend day trip because of its scenic beauty. From Bangalore, Mysore in Karnataka State, you can take long distance direct bus. On the way from highland of Western Ghats to Malavar coast, you can enjoy panoramic view.

Move

Private city bus and middle, long distance bus are enough organized. Auto Rikshow is running under perfect meter system, so you never worry about the cheatings. Within 40 Rs you can get everywhere inside the city.

KSRTC Bus Stand and Moffusial Bus Stand are basement for around.

Stay

Because of troublesome police report, many budget hotels donft accept foreign guest. So itfs little difficult to find out a cheap and good accomodation.   

Food

Beef & Chicken Biriyani are very famous and recommendable. Shavarma Kevab from gulf tradition is highly delicious.

Beside of rich tropical fruits, frozen milk shakes, especially Sharjha Shake is highly recommendable.

 

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Address

Nadakkavu, Calicut, 673001, Kerala, India

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Master

Anil Narayanan Gurukkal                                @@mail

History

Established by late Narayanan Gurukkal, and succeeded by three brothers, Anil, Sunil, Gopan in 2000.

This is the most major Kalari Dojo for foreigners in Culicat city.

Coment

Compere with East Hill, it has uptown atmosphere with very strict disciple. The level of senior students is pretty high. They have rich experiences of demonstrations and film shootings. The Myth film of Jacky Cheng was shot under coaching of this kalari. It also has the long history of guiding foreigners include Japanese. Inside kalari premises, there stands house of Gurukkal with cozy guest rooms. They have many small kids so you can never be bored.

They have original DVD for promotion. And once National Geographic Channel has covered this kalari.

Stay

The guest rooms are pretty good quality, 3000Rs. For one month. For the class, it costs 1000Rs for a month. This info is the case of 2007, so please make direct enquiry.

Access

From railway station and bus stand, you can take both auto rikshow and city buses for Nadakkavu stop. If you could get bus route, you can go around the whole city.

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Address

Gopalan Gurukkal Road, East hill, Calicut, 673005, Kerala, India

Tel 0495-2381766

 

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V.M. Vijayan Gurukkal                      @@@@            mail

History

The founder of this kalari, Gopalan Gurukkal was the beloved disciple of both C.V.Narayanan Nair, Kottakal Kanaran Gurukkal. Established this around 1943 at easthill.  After he passed away, Vijayan Gurukkal has succeeded it. Now he is running it with his son, Vikaas, concentrates on teaching martial arts and treatment local people. His whole family is enthusiastic Sai Baba follower, teaching students in Puttaparthi and White field.

Coment

Vijayan Gurukkal(57)Ahis wife, KanchanaAson, Vikaas(25)Adaughter Kavitha(22)Aare family member. Staying there is really like home stay. Kavitha was the best English speaker and taking care of foreign students, but shefs got marriage and gone out of kalari in April 2007. So communication is little problem now.

It has down town atmosphere and very popular among locals both for martial arts class and treatment.

Stay

Kalari is on ground floor, and first floor has gurukkals resident and guest room. Now planning to make separate guest house nearby. It costs around 2000Rs for room, 2000Rs for class and 1000Rs for food per month. But this research was made in 2007, so please make direct enquiry.

Access

It situated in East Hill just 20 minutes by city bus or auto from bus stand.

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Address

Netaji Road, Puthiyara, Calicut, 673004, Kerala, India

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Master

Sami Gurukkal M.                                           mail

Coment

Indipendent School.@Son of Sami Gurukkal is running kalari now. Massage technique is purely sophisticated. Mostly, gurukkal give treatment, and kalari class is taught by assistant teacher whose stick skill is pretty high. You should put on gkacchah traditional role up pants in daily class.

They have many repeaters of westerner.

Also original DVD is available.

Stay

7500 Rs. For 1 month include stay, food, and class fee. Guest room is pretty established one. So cost performance is really high.

You can enjoy whole life staying here with relaxed at home mood.  They have small children, and practicing and playing with them are much enjoyable. They can arrange non spicy food for foreigner.

Access

10 minutes by auto from bus stand. The kalari locates middle of serene residential area. It is 10 minutes walk to national hgh way, but city bus route has not good connection.

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Address

Kunnamangalam (11km from) Calicut Kerala India

Ph:0495-2800826

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Master

Anandan Gurukkal@(Photo up)                                mail

History

Successed from his father Sami Gurukkal, Anandan Gurukkal is the one of most remarkable master in his generation, who was born in 1964. He teaches both kalaripayattu and yoga in high quality. Every student here has great bodily control, so you can satisfy many needs in martial arts, dance, and yoga.

Coment

Beloved disciple Biju and Shibu (Photo down) have great combination. Their breath taking performances got many prize in kalari champion ship 2007. In this research, I got great cooperation with them and took many good photos which are now in Gallery. The kalari is located little remote area, but many students are practicing here, means high quality of this kalari and master.

Stay

You can rent big house in 5000 Rs per month. You should cook by yourself. Class fee is 10000 Rs / month include oil massage. Whole surrounding atmosphere is just fantastic.

Access

From Calicut, take city bus toward Thamarassery, then get down at Kunnamangalam stop. There change bus to Payambra, and get down at Peruvettipara stop. They have treatment office side by Kunnamangalam bus stand, so visit there and ask Nithin to bring you to the kalari. He is staying Anandan gurukkals house as resident disciple, has really good nature so you should make first contact with him.

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Address

Nr.Ganapathi Temple Kunduparamba Road Edakkad Calicut Kerala India

Ph:0495-2391808

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Master

T.Sudhakaran Gurukkal@@(Photo down left)                  mail

History

Sudhakaran gurukkal is the disciple of Gopalan Gurukkal who is the founder of C.V.N.East Hill and the most beloved disciple of C.V.N. Nair gurukkal. He can speak English well and has much experiences of teaching foreigners.

Coment

Very simple, basic and real traditional kalari construction look very nice. The nature of master is calm and rational, then his teaching method is also very practical. He can tell you many backside stories about kalari history. The one of the most recommendable kalari for foreigner. But his son a lawyer has no plan to succeed the kalari, So itfs big and common misery that good and high status modern works are taking many successors from kalari field.

Stay

Monthly fee is from 260 US $ include stay, food and class. The quiet guest room is inside house of gurukkals brother, and they can arrange non spicy food for foreigner.

Access

From Calicut, taking city bus to Quilandi / Vadakara then get down at Puthiyangadi stop. 5 mnutes by auto from the stop.

 

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