Entertainment in Kerala

  • Entertainment in Kochi (Cochin)

    Kerala Kathakali Centre

    In an intimate, wood-lined theatre, this recommended long-running arts centre provides a useful introduction to Kathakali. It also hosts performances of kalarippayat (4pm), classical music (8pm to 9pm Sunday to Friday) and traditional dance (8pm Saturday), plus early-morning yoga (₹400) and meditation (₹250) sessions and a range of short- and long-term courses, including Kathakali (from ₹650 per hour).

  • Entertainment in Periyar Tiger Reserve

    Mudra Cultural Centre

    Kathakali shows at this cultural centre are highly entertaining. Make-up and costume starts 30 minutes before each show. Arrive early for a good seat; use of cameras is free and welcome. There also two kalarippayat performances nightly. Schedules are usually reduced during the low season.

  • Entertainment in Periyar Tiger Reserve

    Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali Centre

    Hour-long demonstrations of the exciting Keralan martial art of kalarippayat, as well as Kathakali, are staged here every evening. Timings may change depending on the season.

  • Entertainment in Munnar

    Punarjani Traditional Village

    Entertaining (though aimed at tourists) daily performances of Kathakali and kalarippayat, 7km southwest of Munnar. Same-day tickets are usually available but for the best seats consider booking ahead.

  • Entertainment in Kochi (Cochin)

    Ens Kalari

    To see real professionals practising kalarippayat, seek out this renowned 65-year-old training school 6.5km southeast of central Ernakulam. There are daily one-hour demonstrations (7.15pm; one day’s notice required) or you can watch training sessions from 5.30pm daily except Sunday. The centre also runs intensive courses from one week (₹5000) to one month (₹19,500).

  • Entertainment in Kochi (Cochin)

    Greenix Village

    Primarily aimed at tourists, this 'cultural village' seeks to put the full gamut of Keralan music and arts under one roof, with a small cultural museum (₹50), yoga classes (₹550; 8am), performances of Kathakali and kalarippayat (₹350) and other cultural shows (₹650) in an impressive complex.

  • Entertainment in Kochi (Cochin)

    See India Foundation

    One of the oldest Kathakali theatres in Kerala, this snug venue has small-scale shows with an emphasis on the religious and philosophical roots of Kathakali, though it was closed for renovation work at research time.