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Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kochi (Cochin)
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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Kochi (Cochin) attractions like Kerala Kathakali Centre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Small theatre located inside an alleyway, this surprising place by its size (over a hundred seats) offers episodes of the Indian sacred story every night. The room is open to the public from makeup artists. It is an activity to see and hear ;) Total discovery of this art danced and mimed. For 5 euros the show really worth it.
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  • Very Nice & entertaining show. Arrive early and you can see artists applying makeup and explaining various hand mudras. My 3.5 year kid also enjoyed the show. 
  • In this Center, offer an efficient and clear introduction to dance Katakali. Interesting preparation and explanations before the show
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  • The make up of those artists is just amazing. Make time for it before the play. The place is nice and authentic. Kathakali is part of the Kerala culture. It has to be seen once in your life. You will also realize how many muscles your face is made of. Very nice performance.
  • Great place to spend at least half day there The program start at 4pm with Martial Arts its around 45mn show with 2 martial artists. 6 to 7.30pm Kathakali performance its going to be one event that you'll not want to miss! makes up start ar 5pm and 8pm to 9pm Classical Indian music and dance
  • A great way to take in some culture in Kochi. The kathakali dance was amazing. Their makeup, costumes, hand movements... everything was mesmerising. Definitely recommend!
  • The experience was amazing. Right from how they make up to how they turn their eyes red for the drama, to what each facial expression and mudras(movements) mean, it was such an enriching experience to have experienced it. Tickets are priced at INR 300 per head. Try to get a front row or a gallery seat if you can for the best view.
  • Extraordinary. I visited Kathakali center along with my family (includes a daughter aged 6 and she loves dance). I was not expecting much but they gave a good introduction to the dance, gave a demo and performed half an hour dance. It was more than what I hoped for. The people at Kathakali Center are really passionate and committed and it showed in their performance.