Kerala entertainment

Live Performance 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 Frid…
Live Performance 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 …
Live Performance 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.
Live Performance 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.
Live Performance 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)…
Live Performance 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 …
Live Performance 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…