Kadathanadan Kalari Centre


14.4/5(19 Ratings)

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre Overview

Ranked 1 of 16 sightseeing in Thekkady(Periyar)

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is a major Kalari fight centre located in Thekkady where this martial arts form is practised in a designed gallery. The gallery is built keeping in mind the safety of the viewers. The complete name of the art practised here is Kalaripayattu, which is more of a traditional martial arts form of self-defence discipline representing Kerala’s unique culture.

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What travellers are saying about Kadathanadan Kalari Centre

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Subramania Pallavoor

Subramania Pallavoor4.6/5

35 reviews


We were a little skeptical about the place when we entered. But what followed in the next 3 hours left us spell bound. First was the beautiful rendition of Katahkali by a group of devoted artists who perform for arts sake. The entire troupe brought out the full emotions associated with the story. No wonder this art form is revered throughout the world . Next was Kalari performed with life threatening acts by skilled artists. We have never witnessed anything like this before. Must see attraction.

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Shvetang Gupta

Shvetang Gupta5.0/5

34 reviews

Traditional art

This is a art belongs to Kerala. Really a nice place. Everyone should visit this place. This is a life saving art and really they teaches us how to save life anyone and self. First I was not thinking to see this art but when my wife told me then decided to see this. After seeing I realise if I missed this I really lost one important thing in Kerala. Really appreciate people who learn this art.

Subramania Pallavoor

Subramania Pallavoor5.0/5

35 reviews

Traditional art form

The place is a must visit for those who are interested in understanding and appreciating the traditional and dying art form. These have handed down to us by our forefathers who used these art forms as a form to highlight the cultural tradition of the State and bring the people together. We watched the Kathakali performance by artists for an hour and the way the performance was synchronised by all the artists including the singer, the stage performer, chenda player etc: was so rhythmic that one do not leave like leaving the place much after the performance was over. The performance was preceded by the main artist showing the various bhavas brilliantly and was accompanied by lucid explanation. We then moved on to watch the Kalari performance by dedicated artists displaying their wonderful skills including fire jumping, sword fighting etc; The way the artists synchronise their movement is a lesson in discipline, dedication and team work. Sadly, these art forms are dying and needs all the encouragement lest our future generations remember our rich tradition and culture. The sight of these artists asking for contribution to sustain themselves is heart rending.

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Nagendra Revooru

Nagendra Revooru4.3/5

8 reviews


We saw periyar lake by boat. Elephant ride is amazing only thing is that two people allowed per ride not single. In kalari centre the we saw kalari fight which is ancient one, how one can protect from any dangerous situation with robbers, terrorists, animal attacks etc. The art of kalari is very famous and calls for rigorous training and stamina. It involves various types of pattus for safeguarding us. Satram area which is the border thick forest range covering three states and walkable nearest route to sabarimala temple around 15 km. Also the hills where the jyothi on makara sankranti day is seen in a hilly region with thick forests and only tribals will live there. It is told that many tigers, elephants, lions, cheetahs, etc will come for drinking water and for food.

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Akanksha jain

Akanksha jain4.6/5

42 reviews

Amazing talent Show

It is a fun filled way to spend you time. Some really nice artist here to show the Kalari art with dangerous stunts as well. I really liked the arena where it is presented, it is a paisa wasool performance and you do not get bored even for a single minute. It is a must visit for Art lovers.

Partha Sarathy

Partha Sarathy5.0/5

8 reviews

A breathtaking Kalari Show

The Kalari Show is really awesome, especially the fire show at the end is really breathtaking, they were giving explanations for each and every moments in English too. End you can take photo sections with the warriors.

Sri chandra

Sri chandra4.6/5

3 reviews

Worth visiting

One of the oldest arts of ancient India. Do not miss it if you visit Kerala. The arrangements made by Kadathanadan Kalari Centre were good and worthy.

Hemans Pandey

Hemans Pandey5.0/5

33 reviews

Best Kalari (Martial Arts Kerala) Experience

It's my one first kind of live experience to see performing Kalari - Martial Arts. It was indeed a experience of lifetime. Hats off to all the performer's. Must see attraction and No. 1 in Thekkady no doubt.



3 reviews

A glimpse of our rich Indian culture

We had an awesome time there. The Kathakali show and the kalaripayattu show both were really nice. We love it. It is a glimpse of our rich Indian culture.

Yeswanth Devisetty

Yeswanth Devisetty5.0/5

8 reviews

A unique culture of Kerala

Kalaripayattu is a traditional warfare tactic of Kerala. It's very pleasant and thrilling to see people performing that. They charge you around 200rs and it's definitely worth your money. Cameras are allowed and you can shoot what interests you :)

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Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady(Periyar)

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Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady(Periyar)
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady(Periyar)

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Subramania Pallavoor

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady(Periyar)
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady(Periyar)

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Subramania Pallavoor

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady(Periyar)

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