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Kathakali, Alappuzha

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Experience an Indian cultural tradition at Kathakali. The arts center hosts performances showcasing the elaborate, stylized dance-drama, as well as martial arts. Learn about the meaning of various movements as dancers in vibrantly colored traditional costumes and makeup explain their significance. Enhance your learning of this demanding art by engaging in lessons offered at the arts center. You can make reservations to shows via the website. Add Kathakali and other attractions to your Alappuzha trip itinerary using our Alappuzha itinerary maker.
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  • April 28, 2017
    You can watch here many Cultural Programs of Kerala like Kathakali, Classical dance and music, a martial arts called Kalaripayattu etc.  more »
  • April 8, 2017
    A must if you want to experience the true culture of Kerala. There are other shows too like the martial arts show that should be checked out.  more »
  • March 27, 2017
    Our guide had booked us front row seats. Watches as the 2 principal characters applied their make-up. It took them an hour! Story narrated as to how the dancers are trained, with examples given by one...  more »

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The accommodations of Alappuzha vary greatly in style, with the beach, main urban area, and waterways splitting the focus of the city. The area between Alappuzha Beach and Finishing Point contains the highest concentration of accommodations here, with hotels offering sea views and large resorts by the coast, a number of upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses by Finishing Point, and an array of largely standard hotels in the urban area between these two scenic spots. Many visitors to Alappuzha opt to stay on a houseboat for all or part of their visit, with the accommodations taking a range of different routes through the backwaters.
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