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Reviewed 22 February 2015

Given that this kind of ancient ritualistic event only takes place in this part of Kerala, being here and not witnessing Theyyam would be a crime comparable to visiting Athens and ignoring the acropolis. Theyyam is a kind of shamanistic performance and community event blending old folklore with Hinduism. The crowd gathers to watch as the drummers are whipped into a frenzy by the dancing shaman who has taken on the spirit of a particular goddess. Much fire and mayhem ensues. Unmissable!

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 21 February 2015

Enjoy the culture, colours, sights and sounds of this ancient art. Contact your hotel rep to find out where you can see Theyyam but don't forget, it is a religious experience for the locals!

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 18 February 2015

We were picked up at the train station and immediately taken to a Theyyam. It was unlike any experience I have ever seen and i felt grateful and excited to see such a wonderful ritual first hand. We watched the rituals, which were amazing and had the opportunity to talk with the other people at the rituals, they were all so kind and eager to help us understand more about what we were seeing. The second Theyyam we went to was the Tiger Dance and other rituals late at night, we were there through about 2:30am and it was such an incredible experience. We were the only westerners there, definitely not a tourist attraction, this is local culture and religious rites as they have been for a very long time. We were careful to dress appropriately and be respectful observers of these amazing rituals. We had an incredible time!!!

Date of experience: January 2015
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Reviewed 18 February 2015

The great ritual art form. Its really interesting to watch.. Waiting for the next season to enjoy the best....

Date of experience: April 2014
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Reviewed 15 February 2015

This is NOT a tourist attraction. The best person to arrange it with is Mr Kurian from Costa Malabari guest house. He's a mine of information, and will advise you on how to approach a visit to the Theyyam in a respectful manner. The best time to go is at 4. Am apparently..we didn't do that and regretted it! We went during the day, also ok and the photos were better than at night.

Date of experience: February 2015
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