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Theyyam: The Divine Dance - Tyndis Theyyam Tour in North Kerala provided by Tyndis Heritage Travel

Theyyam: The Divine Dance - Tyndis Theyyam Tour in North Kerala

Theyyam: The Divine Dance - Tyndis Theyyam Tour in North Kerala
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Duration:
2–3 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2–3 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Theyyam is the dance of gods, a ritual art that is performed in the sacred temples of in the Northern Malabar regions. It bears roots mainly in the Kolathunadu region in the Kannur- Kasaragod area. The Tyndis Theyyam Tour takes the guests along with the annual performance of Theyyam in the Sacred Groves of North Kerala, showcasing the enchanting dancing of the gods with enigmatic rituals! Local Storytellers passionate and having deep knowledge about the folklores and Theyyam stories will accompany the guests to the Theyyam Performances. Storytellers will make the tour informative with stories regarding the divine dance and the divinization of local legends in the past. The storytelling will take the guests along the bygone era of Kolathunadu and the Chirakkal Kingdoms that flourished in North Malabar. Note - Theyyam is a seasonal ritual and the availability depends on the Schedule of Theyyam Calendar. The location of the Theyyam changes every time.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 120925P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Storyteller Service
  • Entry/Admission - Theyyam
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Any additional expenses
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Duration
2–3 hours
Departure details
  • Payyanur, Kerala, India
  • Nileshwar, Kerala, India
  • Thalassery, Kerala, India
  • Kannur, Kerala, India
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Storyteller Service
  • Entry/Admission - Theyyam
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Any additional expenses
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Departure details
  • Payyanur, Kerala, India
  • Nileshwar, Kerala, India
  • Thalassery, Kerala, India
  • Kannur, Kerala, India
Duration
2–3 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 4 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Theyyam
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Theyyam
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Jennifer Williams
Berlin, Germany9 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a great experience of Theyyam and especially of the night fire Theyyam.The experience was really fascinating. Big thanks to Naveen and Tyndis Tours who organised our wonderful Theyyam Tour in Kannur! Tyndis arranged for Midhun, who was a specialist theyyam storyteller.He knows everything about Theyyam and he is from the same place.
We especially appreciated that, while giving us all information about the numerous theyyam performances (our trip was in January) sending videos to help us to decide which Theyyam we wanted to attend, Naveen let us take the final decision! This helped a lot to cater for my photography interests! I could click a lot of great snaps. Through WhatsApp messages Naveen shared a lot of photographs of the Theyyam dance.
I requested for the best Theyyam for a photoshoot, Tyndis suggested Kandanar Kelan Theyyam , A rare night theyyam with Fire.
As per the itinerary, we headed to the temple at morning 2 with Tyndis coordinator Midhun , He arranged everything locally. He discussed with the local Theyyam committee and helped us to settle a very near place to get the best shot. We spent there till 11 in the morning where we shot a few face painting sessions and some morning theyyam as well.
Wow Service - Tyndis arranged Coffee/ Tea in the flask!!
Midhun always kept accompanying us at the performance, and it was really helpful. I felt without a storyteller like him, it will be difficult to make out the rituals happening before our eyes and understand the stories.
This Theyyam tour experience was one of the best experiences I have never had anywhere else in India...and I have been travelling in India every year for the last 10 years!!!!! I really recommend this wonderful experience from Tyndis!
Written 28 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear William, Greetings from Tyndis Tours and Travel! Thank you for reviewing us on Tripadvisor. We are happy to hear from you about your Theyyam experience and have conveyed your appreciation to our community members and glad that we exceeded your expectations. We look forward to hosting you again. Assuring you the best experience at all times. Warm Regards, Team Tyndis
Written 3 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ayushdinker
New Delhi, India4 contributions
Feb 2020
Ever since I saw the Theyyam visuals somewhere on the internet, I made up my mind that one day I shall go and make a video on this. Luckily, I got in touch with the right people at Tyndis Heritage. They understood my requirements well and went out of their way to make sure I get what I want.
Theyyam with all its historical background, undocumented aspects and the visually stunning setting is a perfect place to get creative for photographers and filmmakers. Best thing is that it happens for a few months and you can choose your dates when you want to dive in. Absolutely recommended.
Written 20 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rajiv244
Bengaluru, India49 contributions
Our group had a fantastic time experiencing various Theyyams and the Arrangements made my Naveen and his team were fantastic. Excellent accommodation, lovely food and all our travel and transport, were organised flawlessly. Will definitely go back to cover other parts of Kerala and witness other festive events
Written 21 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Samuel
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
Nov 2019
I experienced the Theyyam tour arranged by Tyndis and it was overwhelming for me!
This is going to be a long one…yes, I have a lot to tell about Theyyam!!! I heard this word for the first time when I was travelling in South India from Hampi to Mangalore last year. Mr Akhil, one of my friends, who was also a photographer mentioned about it. I’ll be ever grateful to him for that!
Theyyam is a ritualistic dancing art form, performed sacredly in the groves and temple shrines in northern parts of the state of Kerala in India! Some rituals involve blood sacrifices!!!!! Well, it’s a sight one must experience – words are just insufficient!
I was introduced to Theyyam sometime in June by Akhil. I soon started researching about it and planned for my visit to Theyyam in Kannur. The Theyyam season falls between the periods of late October to early June. During the Theyyam season, small temples and shrines across the northern regions of Kerala host hundreds of Theyyam dance performances.
I searched for the best options to explore the Theyyam tour in Kerala. I came across Tyndis Theyyam tours through their website. I contacted them and came to know about the exclusive Theyyam tour they provide. I needed to explore as much Theyyam as possible - this was my main request to them. Tyndis team customized their existing package according to my needs and came up with a 2N/3D which had 9 different theyyam including all the day and night ones with fire dance and rare theyyam festivals called the ‘Perumkaliyattam’ which happen only once in every 12 years. Well, I could just say that I was lucky enough to find Tyndis website online!
If you are a traveler who is looking to experience a theyyam , they also have a short Theyyam storytelling tour of just 2 -3 hours experience. However, my requirement was different.
I had free time during November – Tyndis team scheduled my tour according to my dates and arranged the best possible Theyyam experience. Theyyam is seasonal as well as strictly scheduled. So, you must plan your visit according to the best available Theyyam festivals. Thanks to Tyndis and storyteller Sidharth for this effort! Tyndis team was extremely careful in organizing the entire tour – They picked me up from the Kannur International Airport on my arrival. My accommodation was arranged near a beach in a beautiful beach resort in Kannur. They served absolutely delicious malabar food!! Also, the taxi and the proper arrangements for shooting and experiencing each Theyyam was really professional. Tyndis had curated this Theyyam tour in a way that I could experience the rituals connected with the Theyyam , preparation of the artist, face painting called Mukhathezhuthu, interaction with Theyyam artists - altogether this experience had stories as well as local community engagement .Tyndis storyteller Sidharth is a person I cannot miss to mention. He assisted me throughout this Theyyam tour. He explained about each Theyyam and Theyyam festivals to me. I really cannot miss to mention the moment when Sidharth introduced me to Mr. Mohanan - the head of the Theyyam artists. It was wonderful to talk to Mohanan who have been dancing as the divine god for the past 45 years!! Though he talked in Malayalam, Sidharth translated each part to me in English. He even had tender coconuts arranged for me during the day time. Much recommended service by Tyndis!!
Though Theyyam performances happen at all times of day, be sure to catch one or two in the late night or early morning. That’s when the fire comes out! Theyyam attains heavenly feel with lamps, attires and the music. Traditional instruments such as the Chenda and Elathalam are used to produce ambient music during Theyyam performance.
As mentioned, Tyndis had arranged for my stay in a beautiful place called Thottada in Kannur district, near to a beach. I was picked up from my beach resort at 21:00 by Sidharth in a sedan car, and dropped off at 12:00 the next day. It was a bit hectic schedule, but I could really enjoy the essence of the Theyyam festival. During the break times in the night, I slept in the car, though I was offered a space in a household near the temple. The people were so welcoming!! There were curious kids smiling at me, wondering where I came from!
In this part of Kerala, the young and old alike cluster around for Theyyam festivals. For the night’s ritual, frenzied drummers begin beating a tattoo in perfect synchronicity. Young priests light palm frond torches, swishing embers off into the air. Older priests in crisp white lungi, south Indian sarongs, stand in front of a small temple, staring sternly. Suddenly, the collective breath released, and a sense of awe filled the void. The god arrived. The Theyyam began!!! That night, at that ungodly hour, I was standing amidst the crowd, watching the divine dance of the Kutty Theyyam, somewhere in a village shrine in Kannur! Sidharth explained the story of Kutty Theyyam to me as Theyyam stood atop a wooden stool before the shrine. Two young priests held his hands, steadying him as he circled in a tight, stomping dance to the drums. Bells and bangles clatter as he rattled his feet between rotations. It was a magical experience for me! It can be a magical experience for just about anyone! Thanks to Tyndis and Siddarth
Practical tips for seeing Theyyam in Kerala
You can take photos, but be respectful and avoid flash
Respect the norms and regulations at the temple
There are usually other attractions alongside the rituals, such as dramas or music. It varies by the festival
Try to make a donation to the temple -Not necessarily.
Theyyam is a must experience if you are travelling to northern parts of Kerala. I recommend that it is always good to arrange tours with operators like Tyndis who provide storyteller/ local guide assistance.
Written 28 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Sam, Greetings from Tyndis Tours and Travel! Thank you for reviewing us on Tripadvisor. We are happy to hear from you about your Theyyam experience and have conveyed your appreciation to our community members and glad that we exceeded your expectations. We look forward to hosting you again. Assuring you the best experience at all times. Warm Regards, Team Tyndis
Written 3 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nikkil
13 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This was my first visit to Kannur to experience theyyam, we had a completely curated story telling experience by tyndis storyteller, never knew each theyyam had it's own significance and a whole story behind it. Thank you Tyndis theyyam tour for the best theyyam tour experience.
Written 12 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Robert Jr
Wimblington, UK13 contributions
Apr 2019
Excellent tour to take to experience the culture of kerala. Vibrant dance of theyyam is a great visual treat. i like photography and theyyam gives you a great space for creative photography. The team made good arrangements for pick up and drop. theyyam festivals often are held at remote villages - so get yourself equipped for the adventure. Tyndis storyteller Mr. Sujith was exceptional in telling the stories and coordinating the tour. I expect to experience more tour like this one from tyndis tours! I definitely recommend this tour for others!
Written 11 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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