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Kochi: Kathalki Theatre and Dinner Experience

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A visit to Kerala is incomplete without watching the ancient classical dance form of the state called Kathakali. It is not just mesmerizing but very colorful, incorporating an intriguing farrago of drama, music, dance, vibrant makeup and costumes.
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  • View live Kathakali, an ancient dance form of Kerala
  • Enjoy a mouth-watering and sumptuous dinner at a city restaurant
  • Take in this authentic and surreal musical experience
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After being collected from your hotel lobby at around 5:30PM, you will be taken to the Cochin Cultural Center to watch the enchanting dance form of Kerala, Kathakali. The duration of this dance ballet will be approximately 1 hour (6:30PM-7:30PM). The performing artists will be decked out in heavy costumes of myriad colors and resplendent makeup, capped by a huge crown. The artist display an amazing array of expressions on their faces to narrate the tale along with nifty footwork. The dance drama is mostly inspired by ancient Hindu epics such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharat and the Purana, punctuated by rhythmic music in the background.

The colors on the faces of the artists help in understanding the nature of the character. For example, Red (Tati) symbolizes an evil character such as Ravana or Dushasana, whereas green (pacca) is reserved for the protagonists or fighters, with red color dots and lines on their cheeks portraying the evil present inside them. The color black is basically for hunters or dwellers, and yellow is for monks. Shiny yellow, orange and saffron stand for the purity of woman’s spirit.

At the end of the dance, the musicians give a thrilling musical experience in the concluding segment. After the Kathakali, you are bound to come out from the theater having been thoroughly entertained, and with your heart in your mouth. Following the riveting dance performance, you will be taken to a hotel or a restaurant for an enjoyable dinner to complete a memorable evening.
  • Collection from and return to your hotel
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • All parking and toll taxes
  • Fixed menu dinner in a local South Indian restaurant
  • Kathakali dance show ticket
  • All taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Gratuities (optional)

From US$ 50 per person

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Product ID: 174096