Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kochi (Cochin)

Witness the ancient dance-drama of India at Kerala Kathakali Centre, an intimate wooden theater and home of the Kathakali for over 20 years. Sacred religious scriptures are often performed here through a mixture of dance, martial arts, and rituals. Learn about the native folklore and religious texts, and observe iconic headgear and expressive make-up that complete the experience. Reserve your seat online, and come an hour early to see the performers put on their make-up and costumes. Plan to see Kerala Kathakali Centre and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kochi (Cochin) online holiday planner .
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  • This is a must to go if you are in Kochi..... believe me if you don't go there you just wasted your trip money, time and opportunity to see such a great and good art..... I was very disheartened to fi...  more »
  • Best place to see kathakali dance. It’s a training Center also for the same. You must not be avoiding this place  more »
  • This was part of our itinerary and watching the actors put on their make up was interesting for a few minutes. There was a printed sheet explaining the story and it was also explained by a narrator, b...  more »
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  • A surreal experience by professional performers! A must visit for tourists wanting to explore, understand and experience one of the most authentic theatre performance's of Kerala. It is advisable to book tickets in advance if you're visiting on weekends to get a better choice of seating as it gets crowded. The place has air conditioning and has seating on 2 levels. They have performances 365 days a year which is an added bonus.
  • Highly recommended! Brought my friends from London for the make-up and kathakali show. Gives a very nice introduction to the traditional art form and you come out truly appreciating the talent of the performers. The theater is air-conditioned and so is very comfortable. Customer service at the front desk also commendable. Keep up the good work!
  • Something very different than I have ever seen before. Not sure how to describe it but definately worth going to see to experience it. Makeup application is from 5-6 before the show, we went around 5.20 which was more than enough time to see it. 350 rupees we paid per person. Nice to experience their culture etc.
  • They are very cordial... Well behaved... Always smiling face.. performances are awesome both dance and martial arts.
  • Right from the make up to the demonstration to the actual performance, the center is ideal for those uninitiated in Kathakalli. The tickets are reasonably priced and one shouldn't hesitate in paying for them given it keeps the traditional art alive. I would have given it five stars had the seating arrangement had a rational given the ticket prices were the same across the board.
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