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Best Places in Kerala to Watch Kathakali

Written By: Siji Ram

Kathakali is the classical dance form of Kerala. The typical 'story play' genre of this dance is popular among the art lovers. The heavy make-up, the brightly coloured costumes and the face masks of the dancers make it an interesting art form.

Tourists and travellers visit Kerala to watch, learn and research about Kathakali and various other art forms of Kerala. There are several centres and organisations that conduct shows and organise workshops and courses for those who are interested in the dance form.

Let us check out some of the cultural centres and places in Kerala to watch Kathakali!


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Kerala Kalamandalam

Kerala Kalamandalam is one of the best places where you can enjoy Kathakali and many other traditional art forms of Kerala and other Southern states of India. The centre is a major learning platform for those who wish to pursue arts. Several shows, training programs and workshops are conducted here apart from the regular courses offered by the centre.

Address: Thrissur - Shoranur Road, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur
Opening Hours: 9am-5am on all weekdays. The centre is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


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Kerala Folklore Theatre & Museum

Located in the city of Kochi, Kerala Folklore Theatre & Museum takes you to a world of theatre arts and other art forms of Kerala. Shows performed by popular performers and amateur artists are conducted here. The shows can be booked in advance, all the details of the upcoming events are available on the official website.

Address: Pandit Karuppan Road, Near Thevara Ferry Junction, Kochi
Opening Hours: 9am-6pm


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Kerala Kathakali Centre

This school of traditional arts is a paradise for art lovers. From the dance shows performed by masters of Kerala Kalamandalam to the martial art shows, Kerala Kathakali centre offers the traveller a calm venue to watch and enjoy the traditional art form and meet the artists in person.

Address: KB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Opening Hours: 9.30am-9pm


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Ernakulam Kathakali Club

Ernakulam Kathakali Club in Kochi was organised by a few like-minded art lovers who wanted to encourage and promote the traditional art forms like Kathakali. Monthly shows are held by the club, either at TDM Hall in the city or at Ernakulathappan Temple hall. The details of the upcoming shows and events can be collected from tourism information centres.

Address: T D Road, Opposite L G Showroom, T D Road, Ernakulam

Visit the God's Own Country and take a cultural tour to watch and enjoy some of the unique art forms of Kerala. To know more about traditional art forms of Kerala, click here.

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