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Kathakali

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Address: Puthencavu | Chengannur, Alappuzha, India
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+91 87144 14309

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fighting and theatre side by side

A fascinating chance to see the local drama dance with 3 different characters, close up. At the same time it is worth booking to see the local fighting men who are just nearby... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Julie D
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the Kathakali centre in Fort Kochi. Definitely an interesting experience. What I missed was the user friendliness of the performance. The evening performance consists of 4 parts: 1. watching actors putting on their make-up (1-1.5 hrs) 2. Explanation of the characters, hand and eye movements, etc. (30 min) 3. "Drum concert" (15min) 4. The actual play Don't get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fascinating chance to see the local drama dance with 3 different characters, close up. At the same time it is worth booking to see the local fighting men who are just nearby.... this was also amazing to watch and unlike anything we had seen before.

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Thank Julie D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A culture of kathkali is just amazing . quite a costly but please see once they are doing very hard . worth for money

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most unusual traditional dance form I have ever seen. I guess the fascination is partly in watching the preparation which takes about an hour to do the make up and have the costume fitted. Usually you'd just see the dance but 'they' were keen to show us and explain what it was all about, so we could... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

It's certainly not expensive and it's always nice to see some local culture. The actors are great to watch, but the music is really really loud and jarring. The show is an hour-we came 30 minutes late and I suggest that's plent of time to get the gist of it...

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Thank cbw2009
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Nothing interesting had being done no the show.. Its cost of show per person is 200 rs.. It's totally waste of time, show will be for one hour..

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Thank Santhosh23
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

It starts with an artist showcasing the human emotions(rasa). After that the story is narrated in English. The kathakali dance is performed by two artists, depicting the story. And in the end you get to take pictures and selfies with the artists. We watched the Kathakali dance in Thekkady. And the cost per person was: Rs 200

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Uttar Pradesh, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

In India there are 30 states and Kerla is known as GOD's own country. Entire Kerla is very beautiful and one must visit in his life. Surrounded by coconut trees and rivers and sea. Alappuzha is a place where you can see the traditional Kerla India. The Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical Indian dance. It is... More 

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Regensburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

It's definetly a must have when you are in fort cochin! We were very facinated by the coulours and the musik and the whole Theatre. We loved it!!

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Thank Pauline S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

One thing must see if one is in kerala... esp their dress up n eye movements. Its totally a dance of expression with no words and then one realizes how they perform their traditional story tales..

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