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30 Day Kalaripayattu, Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Kerala
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Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam, Kammana PO, Mananthavady, Wayanad, Kerala India 670645

Meditation and Kalaripayattu Training in India

This course focuses on efficient self-defense techniques that will help men and women deal with any dangers that they may encounter in everyday life. It is based on the ancient wisdom of Kalaripayattu and adapted to the modern living environment to create a proven method of self-defense. Women will gain an increased sense of confidence thereby giving them more in there lives.

Meet the instructors

Sri. K. F. Thomas Gurukkal
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  • Daily pranayama sessions
  • Introduction to herbal plants
  • 2 daily morning and evening classes
  • Pranic health: reconnect with the cosmic energy
  • Horse riding and a chance to visit traditional farms
  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • 3 nutritious meals daily

Skill level

  • Beginner


30 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Malayalam, Tamil
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Calicut International Airport (US$50 per person)
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You will be accommodated in dormitory and single rooms. Separate accommodation for females is provided.


Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Morning session Kalaripayattu and meditation
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Theory class on Kalaripayattu
  • 11:30 Rest and free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Spend time with the horse and the other farm animals and learn horse riding
  • 17:00 Teatime
  • 17:30 - 20:00 Evening Kalaripayattu session
  • 20:30 Dinner

The student will become part of everyday family life, enjoy the local lifestyle, culture, and food. The student will have the chance to explore a farming life surrounded with horses and other animals, many fruit trees, various spices, and an organic vegetable garden. They may help out and learn with the master if interested. Special medicinal oil is made from local herbs grown in the farm which is used for massage and flexibility for Kalaripayattu training.

What is Kalaripayattu?

Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial arts form from India. The movements and exercises are based on the science of yoga and the medical treatment is based on the science of Ayurveda.

Kalaripayattu is not only a system for martial arts alone but also a medium for prayer, meditation, personality, mind control, concentration, tact building etc. Kalaripayattu has a different image than other martial arts form in its warm system, practice, and treatment system. Complete dedication of body and mind, strict discipline and devotion are very essential for practicing Kalaripayattu. There is also a strong focus on "Gurushishya Bandam" (master-disciple relationship) in the Kalaripayattu system.

What to expect

The 14-day program includes basics of Kalaripayattu, short stick and long stick fighting techniques and self-defense techniques. At the end of the program, the student will be awarded with a basic level Kalaripayattu certificate.

Kalaripayattu training

Kalarippayattu one of the martial arts, consist of four major parts of training. Kolthari, Meithari, Angathari, Verumkai (freehand) are the main four sessions.


In this session of Kalarippayattu, trainees use their hands and legs instead of weapons. In Meithari, the trainee practices with the legs in two different styles: Valmpiri and Edampiri. Also, they practice jumping styles such as Malarnnuchattam, Chavittipongal, and Thirinjuchattam. Students can obtain maximum physical fitness and flexibility by doing Nilavittumarichilukal and some other steps (Chuvadukal). It includes 12 different types of physical exercise.


In Kolthari session, the trainee learns to use wooden sticks with different lengths. Students use 9 chaan length stick in “Kettukari” and 3 chaan length stick in “Cheruvadi” for attacking and defending in Kolthari Fighting. “Otta” is elephant ivory shaped stick it’s also included in kolthari in the same way as in Kettukari and Cheruvadi.


In this session, the trainee uses Sharp metal weapons like Kuntham (lance), Urumi, Sword, and different types of daggers for attacking and defending in Angathari session.


After Angathari (weapon session) well-trained disciples can use this technique to overcome an opponent without a weapon. Verumkai (freehand) includes Adi, Thadavu, Ozhivu, Pidutham, Poottu, Earu, Eduthadi and Marmma techniques.

The above explains the four Kalarippayattu training sessions that allow anyone to easily learn Kalaripayattu through different courses. Two hours practicing in the morning and two hours in the evening along with regular practitioners. While practicing in the Kalari yard, trainees can wear suitable sports clothing. At the time of practice, the trainees have to apply Kalari medicinal oil all over the body according to the Kalari training custom.

Kalaripayattu meditation

Meditation is of great importance in Kalaripayattu. It’s believed that through the disciplined Kalari training, it is possible to wake-up the Kundalini power within the spinal nervous system and the human body. To train ‘Meaipayattu’ and other weapon applications in Kalari requires much attention and concentration. So, each training sessions of Kalaripayattu becomes a meditation.

The completeness of the Kalaripayattu is meditation and spirituality. History records show that in preparation for war, Kalari warriors would spend long periods of time in meditation and follow a strictly vegetarian diet including certain days of fasting. As a result, the warrior had no fear of death.

In the ritual and spiritual traditions of Hinduism, chakra is used to denote any phenomenon which has a cyclical or circular motion or aspect to it. For example, it is used to describe the Wheel of Time (Kala Chakra), The Wheel of life (Jeevana Chakra), etc. All these are cyclical in nature.

In Svetasavtara Upanishad, the highest God Brahma himself is the Source of order and regularity or rhythm of things. Kram means order. Chakram donates the orderly progression of a thing or phenomenon.

Muladharam (the base chakra)

Muladharam, the base of the root chakra is related to security, Survival and the basic human potentiality. The center is located in the region between the genitals and the anus, in the human body between 48 fingers top and bottom. This remains at the bottom of sushumna vain. A parallel is drawn between the sperm cell and the ovum, where the genetic code lies coiled, and the kundalini. Symbolized by a lotus with four petals and four letters such as “Va, Sa, Sha, sa”. The power of Lord Shakthi, Shiva and Ganapathi exist here.

Swathishtanam (the sacral chakra)

Swathishtanam or the sacral chakra is located in the groin, and is related to emotion, sexuality, and creativity. It is located four fingers above Mooladharam and below Anahatha Chakra. Symbolized by a lotus with six petals and six letters such as “Bha, Ba, Ma, Ga, Ra, La”. Lord Bhrahma, Bharathi, and Shuklavahini vain also exist here.

Manipurakam (the solar plexus chakra)

Manipuraka Chakra or Solar Plexus chakra is related to metabolism, energy, assimilation, and digestion. This Chakra is located ten and a half fingers above the Swathishtana Chakra. It is symbolized by a lotus with ten petals and ten letters such as “Da, Dda, Nna, Ta, Da, Dtha, Dha, Na, Pa, Pha”. Lord Maha Vishnu with Lakshmi Devi exists here.

Anahatham (the heart chakra)

Anahatham or heart chakra is related to love, equilibrium, and well-being and acts as the source of emotional intelligence. The Anahatha Chakra is located in the chest, 14 fingers above the Manipuraka Chakra. It is symbolized by a lotus with twelve petals and twelve letters such as “ka, kha, ga, gha, nga, cha, ccha, ja,jha, nja, da, ta”. 10,000 of Pithrukkal, seven corer Bhuthanganagal, eight corer Dikpalakar and 1000 corer Rishi's exists here.

Visudhi chakra (the throat chakra)

Vishudhi Chakra or The Throat Chakra is the source of scared speech and related to communication and growth, growth being a form of expression. This Chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat. The Vishudhi Chakra is located six fingers above Anahatha chakra. It is symbolized by a lotus with 14 petals with 14 letters such as “A, Aa, E, Ee, U, Uu, ER, Ea, Ai, O, Ou, Am, Aah”. Supreme sound, life, Lord of music Saraswathi is placed in this Chakra.

Ajna chakra (the third eye chakra)

Ajna or the third eye chakra is the source of intuitive or psychic knowledge and linked to the pineal gland. Ajna is the Chakra of time and awareness of light. The Ajna Chakra is located 9 fingers above the Vishudhi Chakra. It is symbolized by a lotus with two petals and two letters such as “Ha, La”. Lord Shiva exists here.

Sahasraram (the crown chakra)

Sahasraram or the Crown Chakra is the source of highest intelligence (Prajnanam). It is located at the tip or crown of the head, 2 fingers above ajna chakra. It is said to be the chakra of pure consciousness, the master chakra that controls all the others, and destination of rising Kundalini whereupon one enters the state of Samadhi or unified consciousness without the distinction of subject and object. Symbolized by a lotus with a thousand petal and the letter “Ksha”. Omnipotent God exists here with supreme power. So, the human body exists as a temple. The Kalari meditation aims to awaken such power centers in the body. Also, meditation can help you get rid of mental tension and fear.

Kalari massage

Kalari massage is a traditional massage, using hand and feet by applying appropriate pressure on the vital part of the human body. It’s a full body massage with medicated oil to stimulate the Marmma points on the body. It’s not only good for blood circulation but also a renewal of cells and removal of toxic waste too. Kalari Massage relieves various aches like back pain, stiffness, dislocations, injuries and also stimulate various body organs and systems.

Kalari massage is originated in northern Kerala as a scientific system to strengthen a warrior physically and mentally in order to face any kind of difficulties. This massage with herbal oils is applied according to a person’s body structure and nerve points in order to enhance mind-strength, joy, physical capability, health and flexibility of muscles by stimulating nerves and nerve points with herbal oils. This ancient system of Kalari Massage passed on through generations is still perfectly used in kadathanadan kalari.

Chronicles of Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam

Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam was established on 1949 at Vadakara, Kerala. The sangam was established by Sri V. Sreenivasan Gurukkal, Raghavan Gurukkal, Dhamu Gurukkal, Valappil Karunan Gurukkal. V. Sreenivasan Gurukkal reached in Wayanad in the year of 1962. He started Kadathanadan kalari sangam various areas in Wayanad.

M.A Vijayan Gurukkal was a pioneer in the field of Kalarippayattu in Wayanad. He learned martial arts under the guidance of Sreenivasan Gurukkal who hails from Vadakara. He was also trained by eminent trainers such as V.P Rakhavan Gurukkal and Valappil Karunan Gurukkal. He became a martial art trainer in the year of 1977 and established Kadathanadan Kalarisangam in the year of 2000 at Kammana.

K.F Thomas Gurukkal is the Chief Trainer and proprietor of Kadathanadan kalari sangam. He was trained by M.A Vijayan Gurukkal, the founder of the Sangam. He also learned a martial art from various teachers such as Sri V. Sreenivasan Gurukkal, V.P Rakhavan Gurukkal Vadakara, Sajeevan Gurukkal. He also went all the way to Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu to learn kalaripayattu from Mani Gurukkal.

C.K.Sreejith Gurukkal, T.N. Nishad Gurukkal, M.S. Ganeesh Gurukkal, E.A. Anoop Gurukkal are the present Trainers of Kadathanadan kalari sangam. those are trained by K.F Thomas Gurukkal the Chief Trainer of the Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam.


Sri. K. F. Thomas Gurukkal


The school is located in a small village in Wayanad in the highlands of Kerala, India around serene nature. Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala state, South West India. In the east, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush, forested region with areas of high altitude and home to many animals. The school is located in a lush green area surrounded by spice farms, coconut trees, and arecanut trees. A beautiful farm with lots of homegrown vegetables and fruit trees surround the school.

Please note that the school is situated about four kilometers away from the nearest town (Mananthavady). ATMs, foreign exchange, pharmacies, will only be at the town.


All food served will consist of healthy nutritious meals cooked in a traditional South Indian way. Vegetables are mostly used fresh from the school's own organic farm. Ayurvedic boiled water will be served at all times when required. Coffee is provided from coffee beans grown in the farm.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Visit local villages nearby
  • Help with farming and care of animals
  • Horse riding
  • Explore the spice farm

What's included

  • 3 nutritious meals
  • 30 nights accommodation in a 14-bed shared dormitory
  • Daily morning and evening classes (2 hours each)
  • Transport to and from the nearest airport

What's not included

  • Additional meals and drinks (alcohol consumption in the premises is not allowed)
  • Additional requested activities
  • Airfare
  • Any site seeing tours
  • Arrival visa
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Calicut International Airport Airport transfer available: Calicut International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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