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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  • I think we wasted 3 hours of our lives here. Wish we'd have gone for Indian classical music instead. Very weird and monotonous. Left with a throbbing headache.  more »
  • I would highly recommend going to see Kathakali traditional dance if you get a chance when you are Kerala. The performance was split into 3 sections; make up application, demonstration and story dance...  more »
  • Is taken will take first begins with makeup, but I started makeup, makeup for the first didn't face more interesting can change (woman helps people in particular). Now I can take pictures together at the end of the show, Memorial...
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  • Amazing performance. Two and half hour show. Includes one hour of make up by all the artist and one and half hour of acting and dance. They give you script beforehand so that you get to know the conversation in scenes being enacted . They also give a 15 minutes of introduction about what a mudra means and which expression means what. Overall amazing experience.
  • We came here for a traditional Kerala dance performance and were simultaneously impressed and disappointed. Some of the dances we saw very incredibly intricate, requiring coordination at a degree I couldn’t believe. But just as many dances were done by amateurs that struggled to dance well. (At the end of the show, the dance teacher explained that there were beginners and advanced dancers performing.) The other problems were more basic—the sound system was ill-managed to align with the dances, leaving dancers stranded on stage waiting; children ran around and talked during the performances; and you couldn’t enter the theater early, leaving people on the streets to be hassled. Easy improvements could have made this a much better experience.
  • The program included Kathakali dance as well as an exhibition of the local martial arts, the oldest martial art in the world. You can go early and watch them putting on their makeup.Classical dancing is only on a Saturday. Have seen it several times over the years and it is fantastic. The costumes, dancing and facial expressions are amazing.
  • It's very interesting. It's a short play which includes make up session, explanation of gestures and the actual play. Enough to appreciate this amazing kind of Kerala art.
  • A must go-to place for the most authentic kerala feel and an amazing time - whether you are a native or a tourist. The Kathakali performance is splendid and complete with a good explanation at the start for all those who are unfamiliar with the art form. Perfect for all those interested in understanding Kerala's culture.
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