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Cultural Evening: Kathakali Dance Performance

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Key Highlights

  • This is one of India′s most spectacular classical dances
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 1700h (5:00pm)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cochin.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cochin

  • Overview & Itinerary


    India is home to many classical dance and drama forms. One of the most popular and spectacular dance-drama forms is the Kathakali of Kerala. Dating back to the 17th century, the dance-drama involves exaggerated movements, heavy makeup and flamboyant costume. Watch the artistes prepare for the performance as they put on their elaborate makeup according to the established code.

    The artists use gestures to convey emotions and entire stories. Usually enacting themes and stories from two of India’s best loved epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, the performance is visually arresting, extremely graceful and magnificent in execution.


    You will be picked up from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the venue to watch a mesmerising Kathakali performance.

    Let the magic of this unique art form envelope you as you watch the emotions displayed by the performing artistes. One of the most interesting aspects of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up code. The dance-drama is arresting because of its elaborate get-up as much as the theme – stories from the epics - and its execution. The artistes wear flamboyant costumes and use a highly developed language of gestures to convey entire sentences and stories. The body movements and footwork are very rigorous.

    One of the highlights of this tour will be that you will get to watch the artistes prepare for the performance. Watch them put on their elaborate make up and masks which is as arresting as the performance!

    After the show, you will be dropped back to your hotel where the tour ends.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • English speaking local guide


    • Meals
    • Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fee for still or video camera, tips to drivers, local guides
    • Entrance ticket to Performance
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
    The performance may be cancelled with/without notice. Please re-check before starting for the tour.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveYou will travel in an air-conditioned medium-sized car if there are 1-2 passengers, Toyota Innova if there are 3 passengers and a Tempo Traveller if there are 4-7 passengers.