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15 Days Kalari Yoga and Meditation in Kerala, India

Waynroots Villa, Wayanad, Kerala, Nadavayal - Nelliyambam Rd, Nadavayal, Kerala 673579, India

Empowering Meditation and Yoga Retreat Kerala

You are all set to empower woman by making her healthy in all aspects and self-defensive in today’s unsafe world. Yes, ‘self-defensive’, you heard it right. What is Kalarippayattu? Kalaripayattu is a Kerala’s traditional martial art form, based on the science of yoga for its forms an exercises and its medical treatment is based on the science of Ayurveda.


  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily group meditation sessions
  • Ayurveda yogic cooking workshop
  • Daily personal lifestyle and fitness evaluation and counseling
  • Daily Ayurvedic therapies, skin treatment, or steam bath
  • Use of the library and all indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 14 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Calicut International Airport
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You will stay at Waynroots Villa in a single villa room or single wooden cottage. The accommodation integrates the traditional architectural concepts and modern amenities. The accommodation provides guests with a tranquil atmosphere to experience the essence of Kerala. The place is aesthetically furnished so as to give home comfort.


Holistic approach of Kalarippayattu

Mythology credits Saint Parasurama as being the father of Kalaripayattu, having learned from God Shiva himself. Kalaripayattu means the fighting art of the Kalari. In ancient South India, the Kalari was the place of learning for subjects such as medicine, philosophy, astrology, architecture, and geometry in addition to combat art and yoga.

Another definition is ‘Kalari’ (battlefield) and ‘Payattu’ (training in the art of combat). Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry, and healing methods. According to Indian history, in India, the practice of martial art made compulsory during the 11th century, which was the period of Chera-Chola war Kalaripayattu become popular during this period itself. In the 16th century, northern Kerala was a battlefield for various wars. The importance of Kalaripayattu is an inspirable one in the ruling and also in historical writings.

There are various Kalari systems such as Nalpatheeradi Kalari, Anpatheeradi Kalari, Pathineteeradi Kalari, etc. This classification was according to both sizes of Kalari yard. But now there are only two systems, Northern Kalari and Southern Kalari. Kadathanadan Kalari system belongs to northern Kalari system. Kadathanadan Kalari system is very much popular for its peculiar Kalaripayattu practices. Kadathanadu is famous for its Kalari practice.

The peculiarity of Kadathanadan Kalaripayattu practice is based on the “Thanthra Sasthra” (tactics science) which is a basic one for all Indian scientific system and ruling. Kalaripayattu is not only a system for martial arts alone but also a medium for prayer, meditation, personality, mind control, concentration, tact building. In this art through the rituals, reciting mantras and breathing techniques, students will generate strength, patience, commanding power, posture, training, expression, and sound.

Kalaripayattu have a different image among other martial art forms in its warm-up system, practice, and treatment system. Complete dedication of body and mind, strict discipline, devotion, etc. are very essential for practicing Kalaripayattu. Over and above, a holistic ”Gurushishya Bandam” (teacher-student relation) exists in the Kalaripayattu system. Kalari is not only a means of self-defense but, becoming determined and self-disciplined.


In this session of Kalarippayattu, the trainees uses their hands and legs instead of weapons. In Meithari, the trainees' practice with the legs in different style are Valmpiri and Edampiri. Also, they practice jumping styles like 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 this session, the trainee uses sharp metal weapons like Kuntham (lance), Urumi, Sword, and different type of daggers respectively for attacking and defending in Angathari session.


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

We arranged above described four Kalarippayattu training sessions for easily learning in a short time in our different courses.

Two hours practicing all morning and evening along with regular trainees. While practicing in the Kalari yard trainees can wear suitable sports dress. At the time of practice, the trainees have to apply Kalari medicinal oil all over the body as the Kalari training custom.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:30 Kalari practice
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Rest
  • 12.00 - 13:00 Rejuvenation treatment
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Free time
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Kalari practice
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Meditation
  • 18:45 - 19:45 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Spiritual / Vaidic talk and music
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Spiritual music ecstasy

Retreat location

Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala.

Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 kilometers from the sea shores of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests, and wildlife.

Nearby places

  • Banasura Dam, 10 kilometers
  • Edakkal Caves: a journey into the forgotten past, 8 kilometers
  • Kuruvadweep Island, 25 kilometers
  • Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary, 12 kilometers
  • Pookode Lake, 20 kilometers
  • Repon Tea Estate nature walk, tasting, and shopping, 4 kilometers
  • Soochipara Waterfalls, 8 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) vegetarian only are included. Unlimited supply of herbal-water and juice or herbal tea after every treatment are provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

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

What's included

  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily four hours practice on the ground
  • Morning two hours and evening two hours
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) vegetarian only
  • Daily allotment of in-room mineral water (one per person per day, maximum of two bottles per room per day)
  • Unlimited supply of herbal-water
  • Juice or herbal tea after every treatment
  • Group-meditation session daily evening (individual classes are available on chargeable basis)
  • Lecture on Ayurveda (once a week)
  • Demonstration on Sattvik Ayurveda cooking (once a week)
  • Jungle walk (once a week)
  • Complimentary sightseeing (once a week)
  • Daily personal lifestyle and fitness evaluation and counseling
  • Use of the library and all indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Internal medicines given for your treatment can only be ascertained as your treatment progresses and will cost extra
  • Single accommodation in Villa or wooden cottages
  • Ayurveda doctor consultation
  • Includes Ayurveda treatments on site
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • 3 meals
  • Juice and fruits
  • Ayurveda yogic cooking workshop
  • Personal spiritual counseling
  • Surprise gift on site

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer from the venue
  • Internal medicines given for your treatment can only be ascertained as your treatment progresses and will cost extra

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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