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Reviewed 24 January 2015

Kannur district in the north of Kerala is famous for "Theyyam". It is not a entertainment show for the tourists, but real ritual of faith for the local people. At the same time, it's a great photogenic subjects for both tourists and Indians. If you are interested in the ethnology and folklore, or festivals and performing arts, I highly recommend to go to see Theyyam. You can taste a little National Geographic photographer!!

I visited Kannur in the end of the year for viewing and shooting Theyyam for 2 days. TRAVELKANNUR, the agent was my private guide. They're the expert in this field having perfect knowledge and information about Theyyam which is taken place in the isolated temples in this remote area according to Malayalam calendar (not fixed date every year). Though I was a busy traveler having very short holiday, I could have most enjoyable experience with the assistance of them. I think it's difficult to go to see Theyyam by yourself. Coz it's hard to identify the site and date exactly for foreigners. Definitely you need a car and local guide.

Also the villagers are very humble but open-minded. They allow aliens like me to enter the temple and to shoot their gods, even they teach me a photo spot in the make-up tent. To respond to their generosity, we have to keep the rule and manner when we view or shoot Theyyam. Remember it's their living gods. Enjoy...!

Date of experience: December 2014
3  Thank Kanako N
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Reviewed 22 January 2015

Theyyams are Hindu ceremonies that are open to tourists but not really geared towards them. We were the only non Hindus present in the extremely crowded small temple. The ceremony lasted about 45 minutes and was interesting to watch when it could be seen through the crowd. Some will enjoy more than others or another way of saying not for everyone.

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank seafare74
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Reviewed 18 January 2015

to visit the Theyyam at Kunnavu Muchilot Temple was an experiance.
the Theyyam only lasted for 3 days and we visited 2 evenings were the Diety was presented.
One evening there were martial arts performances.
we were given a lovely diner in the nearby tent.
a lovely experiance.

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank veroniek k
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Reviewed 17 November 2014

Many travellers come to northern Kerala for the Theyyams and we were fortunate to see 2 one evening. We were the only tourists and it was instructive to see the rituals which pre-date the Christian era.

Date of experience: November 2014
2  Thank alphabigrob
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Reviewed 9 October 2014

though couldnt see the Theyyam dance, as it was out of time - still managed to catch up with the artist, with the makeup... wow... too cool & nice... hope to catch the actual theyyam dance during next visit.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank ShivaGPrasad
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