At a distance of 45 Kms from Kozhikode Railway Station, Vadakara or Badakara is a small coastal town located on NH17 towards Mangalore.
Vatakara is the land of Kalarippayattu (Martial Arts). Vadakara is known as the birth place of Thacholi Othenan, the legendary warrior. Kottakkal near Vadakara is famous for Kunjali Marikkar who fought against the British. Vadakara boasts a great martial tradition and was a flourishing trade and commerce centre in ancient times.
Kottakal Bhagavathy Temple is located in the heart of the town near the old bus stand, the temple is known for its festival called Thera.