We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kerala Kathakali Centre

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: near Santa Cruz Basilica | K.B. Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Phone Number: 484 2215827
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
and up
Kochi Evening Excursion: Kathakali Dance Show including Dinner and Hotel...
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 920 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 462
  • 338
    Very good
  • 93
  • 18
  • 9
Surprised me!

Why would watching people put on makeup for an hour followed by a cultural dance performance interest a jaded traveler? I don't know but it did. It was just utterly fascinating.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

Similar Things to Do in Kochi (Cochin)

Add Photo Write a Review

920 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Level Contributor
123 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Why would watching people put on makeup for an hour followed by a cultural dance performance interest a jaded traveler? I don't know but it did. It was just utterly fascinating.

Thank VancouverDave
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed our evening watching the kathakali (admittedly my husband wasn't as impressed but he's more logical and I'm more creative). We went at about 5:30 to see them doing the make-up but they were still doing it at 6:30 so we could have gone later as we mostly just saw other tourists going up to the stage and... More 

Thank Alan_and_Barbara
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating insight into a major cultural activity. It was well worth going early to observe the painstaking makeup process, you can watch the last half hour of what can take four hours! The actual performance was fascinating, just the right length and most informative.

Thank Gerald W
Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw martial arts demonstration, Kathakali dancing and classical Indian sitar and tabla music. All of which was very interesting. We particularly enjoyed the Kathakali dancing, including the makeup session. It was interesting to see ordinary men transformed. The use of facial expressions during the performance was truly amazing. We recommend early booking, to get a front row seat.

Thank Bobsyouruncle251
Level Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited to experience the show it was amazing enjoyed it. The show was gr8. Loved the martial arts. Show it was a little scary. But to enjoyable experience....

Thank Raghav M
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Kerala Kathakali Centre allows visitors a glimpse into the full experience of the Kathakali art form - right from the make-up to the performance itself. The demonstration of expressions and the 'language of dance' makes it easy to decode the actual performance. It was enjoyable to see and understand the dance as well as read the information about what... More 

Thank Karishma M
Kanpur, India
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing. The experience is truly lasting. The make up, performance, singing takes you to the Kerala of traditions, art,music, expressions and hand gestures that speak their own unique language.

Thank VarunVidhya
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is nice to watch Indian Classical dances if you are interested. I would recommend to buy the ticket earlier. It is nice to see eyes movement, and facial muscle movement.

Thank 137Oldman
Paris, France
Level Contributor
22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was all right, don't come in advance for the make-up session. It wasn't majorly exciting but it's worth seeing.

Thank Katie D
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very nice show in a beautiful theatre. The make up part is a bit long. You can skip half of it I would say. But the show itself is quite appealing with the explanation the music and the dance. A must in Kochi

Thank Lobo1977

Travelers who viewed Kerala Kathakali Centre also viewed

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala
Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

Been to Kerala Kathakali Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Kerala Kathakali Centre and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Kerala Kathakali Centre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?