Seldom there are places in Kerala even in India, which are
well known for its cultural heritage as Vatakara. The overall cultural
awakening was noticed here in the mid of 1870s . In history Vatakara is the
capital of old Kurumbranadu, a tribal flock known as Kurumbrar where the main
inhabitants of this place. This is the story behind Vatakara getting the name
This place was also known as
Kadathanadu about 300 years back.
Vatakara is not known as Kadathanadu today. Vatakara's governing those days were
the feudal rule that existed in Europe during 19th century. It was proved beyond
doubt that Cherusseri who was the author of "Krishnagadha" was from
Running down on the history lane, one can not neglect the efforts of Kadathanattu Madhavi
Amma and her contribution to contemporary literature.
Even during her youth, this well-known lady had shown
both in prose and poetry. The heroes of
modern literature regard her contributions as matchless diamonds that
sparkles the corridors of all-time history of literature.
is situated to the
west of Kozhikode
by the side of historical Kotakkal
puzha. Initially known as Vadakkekara due to
it's position with respect to the Kottakkal puzha came to be called as Vatakara
by popular usage later.
Kadathanadu, apart from its cultural richness is also bestowed
with the presents of famous temple Lokanarkavu. Here we get to see the best examples of ancient handicraft
skills. 64 types of various sexual images are carved on these temple walls
which itself prove the peak of that times handicraft.