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Cultural Evening: Kathakali Dance Performance

Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Start time

    4 hours

  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cochin

Key Highlights

  • This is one of India′s most spectacular classical dances


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.


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


  • Meals
  • Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fee for still or video camera, tips to drivers, local guides

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.

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