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Reviewed 16 March 2020

We rarely book an agent to organize a trip but this time we made an exception and it was worth it.

We actually hired TravelKannur (Asha and Santosh) to organize the whole 5 day trip in northern Kerala. We did
1. Tour around Bekal: Bekal Fort, the ancient Mosqueue, the lake temple
2. A day on a Houseboat
3. 2 days in the beach. One on the private island, another in Kannur
4. Theyyam, Theyyam, Theyyam, so much Theyyam

In the end the highlight of the trip was Theyyam

We did two fire Theyyams: 8pm and 5am which was just mesmerizing.
It was not performance of tourists. It was not performance for locals. This was a real religious ceremony which involved a lot of dancing, drumming, costumes, body paint. We were a mere guests at someone's house. So that was the first two Theyyams we saw. Small private temple at somebody's home. ~100 people. It was so cozy and real

The next day we saw another Theyyam now in a bigger public temple. At the end there were at least a dozen hundreds locals watching the ceremony. There were many more dancers (priests?) this time. Constumes were more complicated, head pieces were just insane.

Santoch was our guide and he gave us all needed information about Theyyam. How to behave, what to do and what not to do.

I highly recommend TravelKannur to your trip to northern Kerala

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank oleksandrp139
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

I rarely book through a travel agent but TravelKannur was able to organize our five day trip for four people amazingly! Santosh and Asha worked with my requests and were very adaptive. The price they quoted was fantastic and included lodging and most meals, in addition to the Theyyam performances (a Northern Keralan Hindu religious ceremony that happens in the winter). All four of us were completely blown away by the Theyyam. Some was in a local temple and others were held in the private temples of people's homes. Every ritual was astounding and felt like the real deal--not just a performance put on for spectators. TravelKannur are definitely the top experts on experiencing this. They were also able to book us an amazing overnight houseboat, as well as hotels/homestays that were right on the beach. It often felt like we had a private beach just 20 feet away. If you are at all interested in experiencing Theyyam or the unspoiled Kannur/Kasaragod/Bekal area, this is definitely the best and most economical way to do it.

Date of experience: March 2020
3  Thank kinitaac
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Reviewed 8 July 2019 via mobile

Breathtaking performance by the artists. A nice evening spent . We were literally feeling goosebumps by the performances. A must do activity.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Treepaul
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Reviewed 3 April 2019

I had read about Theyyam and with the help of an agency, Travel Kannur, I was able to experience small village life and the spectacular Theyyam Ceremonies of northern Kerala. They arranged to pick me up from Mysuru and then taken by car to a homestay in the countryside north of Kannur. I went to probably 4 different ceremonies in remote village temples to witness up close and to be surrounded by the ritual performance with not another 'western' visitor in sight. A fascinating experience that is well off the tourist track, and north Kerala has its own backwaters, unspoilt beaches and life that is well worth the effort to get there.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank MarkKingscliff
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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Dance or invocation is generally performed in front of the village shrine. There are 400 types of theyyam. Normally from October to April is the season of theyyam.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank sujitthhh076
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