Kalaripayattu traditional martial art performance - private: Kalaripayattu the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and more scientific in the world. Training in combat is given at the kalari (training school). The principles of kalari education stipulate that training in martial art begins with an oil massage of the body which goes on until the body is agile and supple. Feats like chattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault) etc. are then taught, followed by the lessons the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, spears, maces, the bow and arrow and so on. Kalaripayattu training aims at the ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body. The traditional training in a kalari includes specialization in indigenous medical practice too.
Kalaris are also centers of religious worship. The general guidelines to be followed in kalaripayattu demand that once the course is complete, a person should undergo oil massage and engage in the practice of the feats at-least once a year to help him keep in shape. The duration of the Kalari show is 45 minute to 1 hour and 6 to 7 warriors participate in the Demonstration.
The show starts with introduction of Kalarippayattu. Kalari is decorated with traditional oil lamp and flowers. The performers perform the Kalari items accompanying by the traditional musical instruments, such as ‘chendamelam’, ‘panchavadiyam’, edaka and other musical instruments. The visitor gets an opportunity to watch the handling of weapons used in Kalarippayattu. Explanation is given before the start of each performance to help the visitors understand thrilling experience one is going to watch.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Two to three hours.
Start/opening time: At 4pm. Pick up at 3.30pm.
Others: The pick-up time may vary depending upon your hotel. Please check for exact pick-up times.