Theyyam

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Theyyam is a form of worship where man dons the guise of God and propitiates the Gods through possessed dancing; Theyyam is also known by the name Kaliyaattom. The performance of Theyyam is supposed to make life prosperous and remove all hazards. Theyyam is perhaps the most significant ritualistic art form of Kerala - God's Own Country.
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Oleksandr P
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Mar 2020
We rarely book an agent to organize a trip but this time we made an exception and it was worth it.

We actually hired TravelKannur (Asha and Santosh) to organize the whole 5 day trip in northern Kerala. We did
1. Tour around Bekal: Bekal Fort, the ancient Mosqueue, the lake temple
2. A day on a Houseboat
3. 2 days in the beach. One on the private island, another in Kannur
4. Theyyam, Theyyam, Theyyam, so much Theyyam

In the end the highlight of the trip was Theyyam

We did two fire Theyyams: 8pm and 5am which was just mesmerizing.
It was not performance of tourists. It was not performance for locals. This was a real religious ceremony which involved a lot of dancing, drumming, costumes, body paint. We were a mere guests at someone's house. So that was the first two Theyyams we saw. Small private temple at somebody's home. ~100 people. It was so cozy and real

The next day we saw another Theyyam now in a bigger public temple. At the end there were at least a dozen hundreds locals watching the ceremony. There were many more dancers (priests?) this time. Constumes were more complicated, head pieces were just insane.

Santoch was our guide and he gave us all needed information about Theyyam. How to behave, what to do and what not to do.

I highly recommend TravelKannur to your trip to northern Kerala
Written March 15, 2020
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kinitaac
San Francisco, CA13 contributions
Mar 2020
I rarely book through a travel agent but TravelKannur was able to organize our five day trip for four people amazingly! Santosh and Asha worked with my requests and were very adaptive. The price they quoted was fantastic and included lodging and most meals, in addition to the Theyyam performances (a Northern Keralan Hindu religious ceremony that happens in the winter). All four of us were completely blown away by the Theyyam. Some was in a local temple and others were held in the private temples of people's homes. Every ritual was astounding and felt like the real deal--not just a performance put on for spectators. TravelKannur are definitely the top experts on experiencing this. They were also able to book us an amazing overnight houseboat, as well as hotels/homestays that were right on the beach. It often felt like we had a private beach just 20 feet away. If you are at all interested in experiencing Theyyam or the unspoiled Kannur/Kasaragod/Bekal area, this is definitely the best and most economical way to do it.
Written March 9, 2020
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Minakshi
Agartala, India13 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Breathtaking performance by the artists. A nice evening spent . We were literally feeling goosebumps by the performances. A must do activity.
Written July 8, 2019
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MarkKingscliff
Chennai (Madras), India138 contributions
Dec 2018
I had read about Theyyam and with the help of an agency, Travel Kannur, I was able to experience small village life and the spectacular Theyyam Ceremonies of northern Kerala. They arranged to pick me up from Mysuru and then taken by car to a homestay in the countryside north of Kannur. I went to probably 4 different ceremonies in remote village temples to witness up close and to be surrounded by the ritual performance with not another 'western' visitor in sight. A fascinating experience that is well off the tourist track, and north Kerala has its own backwaters, unspoilt beaches and life that is well worth the effort to get there.
Written April 2, 2019
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Kumar sujith
32 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Dance or invocation is generally performed in front of the village shrine. There are 400 types of theyyam. Normally from October to April is the season of theyyam.
Written August 22, 2018
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harry w
Burlington, Canada962 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Dalit (low caste) performers are trained for years to provide these shows where they, through lack of food and water, enter a trace-like state and a god/godess inhabits their body and they are able to bless the assembled Hindu believers. It is an interesting spectacle for tourists, but is a serious religious ceremony for believers.
Written April 5, 2018
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Smilingface H
Navi Mumbai, India10 contributions
Jan 2018
Theyyam incorporates dance, mime and music and enshrines the rudiments of ancient dravidian tribal cultures which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors. With its root steeped in the age- old Dravidian culture of South India, Theyyam Festival of Kerala runs from December to April making it the best time to visit India for cultural tourists and art photographers. The musical dance performance is ritualistically held at some 1200 temples from north Malabar to south Malabar.
Written February 8, 2018
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Sameer C
Kannur, India13 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
Vayanattukulavan is a special traditional art performed in this Tharavad (accient home) . There are lots of foreign visiters will visit this yearly on this event.
Written February 5, 2018
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RAJATH220
Toronto, Canada151 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Theyyam is a folklore art popular in northern Kerala (Malabar area).KANNUR is famous for Theyyam.Theyyam basically a folk art.
Written August 17, 2017
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itinerarirasta
Kolkata District, India144 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
This was a deeply spiritual and moving experience so please come to it in silence and faith, even if you don't know, as we didn't, what it was really going to be like! And for that it is ESSENTIAL that you go to a genuine theyyam & not the kitsch events in schools and city halls that some hotels send you off on - usually at thrice the cost. A real theyyam is always held in a local temple, usually small & visited only by the village people, and does NOT ask you to pay (though you may feel like contributing to the donation box). The best way to find the genuine theyyam is go through Mr Kurien of the Costa Malabari; in fact stay there as regular groups go to theyyam, so it works out cheaper (transport) and they make an effort to go really close by. He is also the gentleman that facilitated the story in Dalrymple's Nine Lives (a must-read for knowing about theyyam).
Written February 3, 2017
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