The martial art form is taught free for kids from the neighbouring areas comprising both girls and boys. Sreejayan teaches Kalari to girls at the local government school.
Prasanna and Sunil Kumar M, an ex-serviceman (Army) manage the academy.
Today, nearly 90 girls and 70 boys are trained in the age groups between 7 and 22 years.
A Kalari trainer is a masseur too. They are the medicine men, adept in the massage therapy for wellness and rejuvenation of the body. Here at the academy too Sreejayan is the masseur.
In times such as now when the lifestyle, food habits and the indescribable stress of living and working in cities take its toll on people, a Kalari massage in the hands of a seasoned Kalari trainer would be a welcome luxury.
For those wanting to break away from the din of city life and revive their body and spirit, the academy is the place. Under one roof it offers Kalari training and the much-famed Kalari massage.
Perform Kalari, take a massage and enjoy the food from the region. Experience the quietude and reconnect with the self.
Peravoor –Look around
For those who wish to explore, we have Mridanga Shaileshwari temple-the family deity of Pazhassiraja, the warrior chief after whom the centre is named, Kottiyoor Siva temple, Pazhassi Dam and garden, Meenmutty falls, Brahmagiri falls, the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary…
For sports enthusiasts, Peravoor is the hometown of the volleyball legend Jimmy George-the first Indian professional volleyball player to have played for Italy and Abudhabi.
And for those who don’t want to chart a predictable path, the opportunities are immense…
Relax at the centre nestled in the green cover and grow silent with the River Baveli, the birds and the butterflies; the bees sucking honey from Samudra Pachche with purple flowers leisurely, and feel the rains.
Rains arrive unannounced, pours and takes leave. It then reappears and the peekaboo continues; you are drawn to its sound, the patterns and the periodicity; something in you lights up and you are cleansed.
Rains here have a character of their own.
Take a walk in Peravoor or in the neighbouring villages Manathana, Tondiyil…board a local bus, look at the temple ponds with emerald-green waters, watch people for whom rains form an indispensable part of their lives, stalls with wall paintings of Che Guevara, posters can be spotted here and there, youths discussing assiduously, while the men and the women go about their daily business; sip the hot ‘kattan chai,’ and savour a host of snacks Pazham pori, Pathiri, Neyyappam, Ullivada, Sugiyan, Elayada, Achappa, Kalthappam, Unnakaya…
Come enjoy a slice of life and carry the beauty with you.