FISHING HIS a major ocupation in Thalaserry (once known as Tellicherty ), and observing the bartering of the day’s catch can be an enjoyable experience. The British East India Company¬† established one of their first trading posts at Thalaserry at the end of the 17th century. In 1708, they built the enormous laterite fort on the coast. An old lighthouse still stands on its ramparts, and there are also two secret tunnels, one of which leads into the sea.

The Thalaserty Cricket Club, founded in 1860, is one of the oldest in India, as cricket was introduced here in the late 18th century. This region is one of the main centres of kalaripayattu a fact that has made it a training ground for circus artistes as well. It is a common sight to see young men in the kalari (gymnasium), exercising to tone their muscles and practising with wooden weapons. Many images of deities adorn the kalari, giving it a sacred character.

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