origin of the famous Changampally family arises in the period in
association with Mamanka festival in Thirunavaya. They were invited
from Thulunad to perform in the famous Mamanka festival as marital
artists by the kings of Perumal dynasty of Northern Kerala. Later they
were forced to settle in Thirunavaya.
Changampally Gurukkal Family in Kattipparuthi, Valancherry, Malappuram District. They are considered as one of the oldest and renowned Ayurveda practitioners specialized in Asthi marma chikilsa (treatment based on vital points of the body and that of bone). Their ancestors were Tulu Brahmins. Centuries back Cheraman Perumal, the king of ancient kerala hearing about their prowess in Kalarippayattu,the marital art of Kerala, brought them from Tulunadu for performing Kalarippayattu at the legendary Mamankam held at Thirunavaya.
Later when the Zamorin of Calicut became the patron of Mamankam, they settled at Thazhathara Changampally hill near Thirunavaya for imparting training in Kalarippayattu to Zamorin soldiers and for their treatments. From then onwards they are known as Changampally Gurukkal. Later they converted into Islam under the Islamic Saint Sainudheen Makhdoom. In the course of time the Changampalli family divided into two branches and the former remained in "Changampally Mankuzhi Madathil Tharavadu" in Thirunavaya and the latter shifted to Kattipparuthy.