Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kalaripayattu and Kathakali in Thekkady

Date: 3rd April 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy, Vijayalakshmi and Sneha

Timing: Kalaripayattu - 6PM to 7PM and Kathakali 7PM - 8PM

Fee: 200 Rs each. Children Free.

After finishing the elephant ride we were going to the hotel to check in. We were asked if   we are interested in watching kalaripayattu and kathakali. Also since there was nothing much to do in thekaddy after the boating we decided to see this. Shilpi and I wanted to see kalaripayattu and my parents wanted to see kathakali so we booked tickets for both. We were glad we booked for 6PM show as the 3:30 PM boating got over at 5 and it took 40 minutes to come back to the town from the periyar wildlife sanctuary. The kalaripayattu show was good. The martial arts performance was done by kadathanadan group. It was a nice performance by the group. There are four more places in thekkady where these performance happens so you can check it and book. Gopi took us here and we did not know much so we just booked it. There were plenty of seats left and you get a good view from everywhere. The same was with kathakali. We were told if we book it soon we will get front row with good view and they were right. We got front row seating for kathakali but later we realized we did not want first row. It was too loud and bright at front. The place was just 10% filled up and lot of space behind. The artists performing kathakali had put nice effort and the show was good. I would prefer back seat if at all i go next time. These are some learning from the package tours.

Few pics from the performance.





The grandmaster's son put up a cute show.







Only option left in thekkady to spend evening. After the show take a walk along the kumily-thekkady road. There are plenty of spices shop near the thekkady circle and can shop for different spices and home made chocolates.

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