Yodha Cultural Village Thekkady

Yodha Cultural Village Thekkady

Yodha Cultural Village Thekkady
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9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:15 PM
About
We offer an unequaled range of cultural programs and events focusing on art, like keral’s traditional art kathakali, kalarippayattu and magic show. Our mission is to deepen your understanding and enhance your appreciation of the achievements of civilizations around the world. For travelers, kerala’s performing arts makes the feel of a different land easy to sink in, it affords them a peep into history and a deep meaningful understanding of the Kerala social structure.
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  • Sneha D
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great show of culture in Thekkady
    A Culturally rich event. The artists of both kathakali and kalarippayattu(one of the oldest martial arts form of india) give immense amount of effort in this show. The ticket price for each show is 200 rupees per person and the show time is 1hr for each.we went there on weekday , on that day they had 2shows for kathakali (5pm and 7pm) and Kalarippayattu show timing was 6pm. If the sound system for the kalarippayattu show can be revamped, because it was echoing and the voice was not clear then the experience will be even better (not a major complaint though)
    Thanks for the suggestion
    Written 3 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Shilpi Jain
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Show.
    It was an Amazing show . Life time experience to watch it live. Not to be missed if you are in Thekkedy. All the yodha's were very good , they performed so well. We really enjoyed the Kalaripayattu Show at Yodha Cultural Village Thekkedy.
    Thank you
    Written 8 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • the free soul
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Power, Art, body control and practice....real yodha ...close to heart, strength to mind.
    Hard work, practice, trust, consistency, self-confidence & belief on ancient culture. ' kalarippayattu the traditional Martial Arts performed by ' Yodha' make my blood warm. I was thrilled, touched and inspired by all the performer. All of you are real life hero, strength, focus & achievers of universe. Brothers, kudos. Touch wood every single moment I was feeling goosebumps. And your power was connecting my soul throughout KUDOS!! God's Jai shiva. Deva.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Go10311209008
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing performance
    Mesmerizing performance. Time just zipped through. One place for improvement could be better speakers and clarity in explaining. Most people had difficulty understanding the announcements. Anyone travelling thru Thekkady/Kumily should not miss this performance
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Diane D
    Mumbai, India1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye catching performance
    "Immersive and captivating, the cultural martial arts show seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary flair. The choreography is a breathtaking dance of skill and precision, showcasing the rich tapestry of martial arts styles from around the world. The fusion of cultural elements adds depth to the performance, making it a visually stunning and culturally enriching experience for audiences of all ages."
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Pritam C
    San Jose, California178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kerala traditional Kathakally show
    True experience of Kerala culture seen in Kathakally show. 1 hour show worth for money. Do go for 5pm show as you will also able to see how artist prepare for show and how they dress up. The show was almost full with 10% foreigners. The storytelling act could have been bit longer. The English pronunciation are difficult to understand .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 2023
  • ksUS
    United States5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining cultural experience!
    Our family loved the kathikali and martial arts show. The length of each is about an hour, so we did them back to back, and even our 5 yo had attention span throughout. The kathikali was fascinating in that the dancer even did his make up and dressing on stage prior while the audience were arriving. So you got to see some of the "behind the scenes" experience. They also did a nice introduction of the movements and meanings prior to the formal dance. The martial arts was impressive! The strength and feats were amazing to watch. Definitely was a worth while experience!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2024
  • neeta p
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mindblowing martial art performance
    We attended both Katthakali and Kalaripayattu show. Its great to see 2 dimentions of Kerala culture. In Kathakali dance the artist facial expression was amazing. The martial are performance was outstanding. Everyone in the family loved the performance. It was superb demonstration of team collaboration, artist diciplinary moves and the couragious acts. Ticket pricr is bit expensive, its 300 rps per person but worth attending the shows
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Ranjjiet V
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous MUST DO
    The Kalari was stunning with fire play and exciting with choreographed sequences. Brilliant display of the martial art form. I thank all the Kalaru performers and the owners from the bottom of my heart for keeping alive this art form. Same with Kathakali, extraordinary performance by all including vocalist and drum player. The facial control required for KK is mind blowing once again thanks for the keeping our tradition alive. My shastanga pranams 🙇‍♂️
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
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Ranjjiet V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Kalari was stunning with fire play and exciting with choreographed sequences. Brilliant display of the martial art form. I thank all the Kalaru performers and the owners from the bottom of my heart for keeping alive this art form. Same with Kathakali, extraordinary performance by all including vocalist and drum player. The facial control required for KK is mind blowing once again thanks for the keeping our tradition alive. My shastanga pranams 🙇‍♂️
Written 16 March 2024
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Keras G
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We booked the Periyar reserve jeep safari tour from Yodha Cultural Village Thekkady, and this review is for the jeep safari tour only.
Even though the brochure shows a 70% chance of seeing wildlife, in my opinion, the true chances of seeing wildlife is close to nil (we didn't see any wildlife and the driver doesn't make any attempt to spot wildlife). The route of the safari is such that it is not conducive to spotting wildlife. The safari is mainly a viewpoint tour. The road is extremely rough and bumpy and people with back and neck problems should exercise great caution. The safari stops at three viewpoints of mountains - and that's basically it. Considering the very rough road and that it's a mountain viewpoint only, it provides a very low value for the time and money spent. The Periyar lake boat cruise is far superior to the jeep safari. It's well organized, very scenic and peaceful, and has a significantly higher probability of spotting wildlife (we saw deer, boar, cormorants, and kingfishers).
To further add to our disappointment our jeep driver was aloof and unhelpful. We were lucky to be joined by other safari jeeps and those drivers helped in answering our questions. The worst part of our trip was that our driver completely skipped the third viewpoint. He had already exited the park after the second viewpoint and it was too late for us to question and remedy. For those interested in the mountain viewpoints of the reserve, it would be better to book the jeep safari through a dedicated Safari provider rather than through the Yodha Cultural Village (which mainly hosts the traditional art shows of Kathakali and Kalarippayattu).
Written 19 January 2024
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neeta p
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We attended both Katthakali and Kalaripayattu show. Its great to see 2 dimentions of Kerala culture. In Kathakali dance the artist facial expression was amazing. The martial are performance was outstanding. Everyone in the family loved the performance. It was superb demonstration of team collaboration, artist diciplinary moves and the couragious acts. Ticket pricr is bit expensive, its 300 rps per person but worth attending the shows
Written 12 January 2024
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ksUS
United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our family loved the kathikali and martial arts show. The length of each is about an hour, so we did them back to back, and even our 5 yo had attention span throughout. The kathikali was fascinating in that the dancer even did his make up and dressing on stage prior while the audience were arriving. So you got to see some of the "behind the scenes" experience. They also did a nice introduction of the movements and meanings prior to the formal dance. The martial arts was impressive! The strength and feats were amazing to watch. Definitely was a worth while experience!
Written 3 January 2024
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ashish
Bengaluru, India289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
As others have written, you can buy tickets to the Kalaripayattu (martial arts) show but avoid Kathakali. Price is on the higher side for both here (300/- vs 200/- elsewhere).

While I am no dance connoisseur, the overall presentation of the Kathakali show leaves a lot out. If the one hour duration, 15 minutes are spent in seating people, 25 in showing intro and basic gestures, and just 10 minutes of actual dance. Even that is boring.

Kalaripayattu is little better since stunts and actions are always more exciting but still underwhelming. 2nd or 3rd seating is preferable since they ask 1st row occupiers to move in this last act. Body flexibility exercises, long jump, and fire jumps show real talent, but other fight scenes feel scripted. Kids will love this though.

Entry and exit management is pathetic. A single narrow gate and stairs are used for both entry/exit for both shows without proper waiting place. Since your ticket has seat numbers allocated, you should not rush and get in at last.

Overall, go for Kalaripayattu since you don't have a lot to do in Thekkady but keep expectations low and stay away from the crowd while getting in and out.
Written 2 January 2024
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Pritam C
San Jose, CA178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
True experience of Kerala culture seen in Kathakally show. 1 hour show worth for money. Do go for 5pm show as you will also able to see how artist prepare for show and how they dress up. The show was almost full with 10% foreigners.

The storytelling act could have been bit longer. The English pronunciation are difficult to understand .
Written 25 December 2023
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Diane D
Mumbai, India1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
"Immersive and captivating, the cultural martial arts show seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary flair. The choreography is a breathtaking dance of skill and precision, showcasing the rich tapestry of martial arts styles from around the world. The fusion of cultural elements adds depth to the performance, making it a visually stunning and culturally enriching experience for audiences of all ages."
Written 20 December 2023
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Anshul G
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Both the kathakali and martial art performances were worth time and money. They involved people from audience which was excellent. Totally recommend it if you are in Thekkady
Written 20 December 2023
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Dream60419588764
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This guys are soo good...
Just wow moments there we have enjoyed..
Please go and must visit..you are not going to regret..
Written 4 December 2023
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Go10311209008
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Mesmerizing performance. Time just zipped through.

One place for improvement could be better speakers and clarity in explaining. Most people had difficulty understanding the announcements.

Anyone travelling thru Thekkady/Kumily should not miss this performance
Written 9 October 2023
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