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Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kochi (Cochin)

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4.3/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Everything, from watching the players apply their makeup, to demonstrations of the various hand gestures and facial expressions, to enactment of a scene, was excellent. It's obvious the players have a...  read more »
  • This place was the real thing with exquisite local musicians and dancers giving their all. If you like classical singing and Indian percussion and dancing shows here are a MUST SEE. 
  • Performances Hktkli simply fascinating. I am not a Hindu and I enjoyed every minute, even got to watch each evening. Just great and highly recommended! 
  • We visited this nice center in december 2015 to see one Kathakali-performance and were absolutely excited about the wonderful event! We started early with the public make-up session before the actual show, where you can watch the dancers/actors apply the complex make-up on their faces, which takes approx. 1 hour. The show starts right after the welcome of the owner and some explanations of make-up and story of the performance as well as the music. The music was also fantastic and of course performed live. This was by far the best Kathakali-show we have ever seen! The staff is also nice and friendly and is pleased to explain everything in a chat before or after the show. We had a great time there! The building is a nice traditional Kerala-style wooden house, slightly hidden behind other houses, and nicely ornamented, as is the stage. (Only the bright ceiling of the stage doesn't match the rest of the furnishing.) There is air-conditioning and fans, also toilets and of course a souvenir-shop downstairs. We liked the show and the people so much, that we came back in january 2016 to see classical music and also classical temple-dancing, which are also offered. Check out the schedule, since Kathakali is not the only interesting show in this great center of South-Indian traditions. ;-)
  • Here we saw traditional kathakali dancing, which as very interesting, equally good was the explanation of the moves and significance of the dance. We saw the lead character put on his makeup and prepare for the dance. Overall, well executed. A very informative experience.
  • Worth a visit to watch the Kathakali dance show, which is interpreted and explained. Get in early to watch the dancers put on their elaborate make up. It's quite a long performance, so wouldn't be suitable for the impatient or restless.
  • The show was good. But I hate that the guide was not very friendly to me. He was obviously very courteous to white people.
  • Great place which gives importance for arts which are directly from the heart of Indian culture .
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