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Kerala Kathakali Centre

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Address: near Santa Cruz Basilica | K.B. Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
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+91 484 221 5827
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US$ 29.00*
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Kochi Evening Excursion: Kathakali Dance Show including Dinner and Hotel...
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An excerpt of the Ramayana.

So glad that we indulged ourselves in this excellent two hour show which we found fascinating and which includes watching the artists apply their make up, comprehensive... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad that we indulged ourselves in this excellent two hour show which we found fascinating and which includes watching the artists apply their make up, comprehensive explanations and examples of the actors facial and body movements and finally a twenty five minute scene from the Ramayana which takes seven days to read out loud.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kathakali is a unique dance form in the Kerala region and it's well worth the time to learn about it. The Kerala Kathakali Center is a great place. What I liked about this venue is the ability to watch the makeup application before the performance. The performance itself starts with a brief introduction to the dance form and a demonstration... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The demonstration of facial expressions used by the actors was so interesting. The classic show goes on for an hour, a bit long for western audience members. This is one of the classic art forms of the Kerala region.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Watched an exhibition and explanation of Kathakali dance, costume and makeup, with a demonstration of the numerous facial expressions used to express different emotions. Very interesting to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed in Kochi an extra day just to spend more time at this brilliant arts hub. Run with great passion, it offers nightly music, dance and theatre as well as rooftop yoga at 6.30am followed by the most incredible meditation with live raga music. All the events are really reasonably priced and the welcome is always warm. It's an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw a Kathakali performance, the traditional dancing and the martial arts demonstration! Brilliant!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting experience. Slow start during make up preparation. Worth a watch. Set aside two and a half hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a daily performance of the famous Kerala theatrics, consisting of the make-up procedure which is done on stage, then some instructions and demonstrations of acting techniques, and finally a segment of the actual play. Definitely worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really worth a visit, great experience! We went early to watch them apply the make up, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it at first, as it was quite slow but they run through the facial expressions with you and give the outline of the story. When the actual performance started I couldn't take me eyes of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great show - definitely a must see when you are in Kochi since it's a Keralan tradition. They take some time before the show to explain the different movements and what they mean etc. Comfy seats.

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