Kerala has many tourist places with breath-taking views. You cannot just enjoy all these views without being part of the Kerala tourism destination to explore the beauty of God’s Own Country. Some of the activities you could get involved in while...READ MORE
Munroe Island is a great weekend getaway for those looking for a lovely, scenic location to hang out. Located in Kollam, and comprising of tiny 80 islands, the place is a dream and your trip will be an event to remember. Here is a short guide on...READ MORE
Tourism season in Kerala starts from October and the state would see an influx of tourists until March (when the summer starts). Even though there are many places worth visiting in the summer months, but we will discuss that in another...READ MORE
Best Season to visit Munnar – Weather and Climate There are four distinct seasons in Munnar and Munnar is an all season destination that you can visit in all four seasons even though the flavour of visit will be very different. KERALA TOUR Munnar...READ MORE
The Vallarpadam Church of the Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom is a place of worship with an interesting history of its own. Located in Ernakulam, Kerala, the church was built by the Portuguese Missionaries in the year 1524. The main deity in the...READ MORE
Top 9 Monuments of Kerala Kerala which is famous for palm fringed beaches, rich green backwaters, blooming hills, cool coconut groves, dense paddy fields, rain forests and much more also noted for great collection of architectural monuments. It’s...READ MORE
Day 1 : Munnar Arrival at Cochin Airport and warm welcome by our representative thereafter head to Munnar, the beautiful hill station of south India. Munnar is blessed with stunning water falls, tea estates and wildlife. On the way you can see...READ MORE
DAY 01 – COCHIN TO MUNNAR (5 HRS DRIVE) Welcomed by Travel Planners representative at the Cochin Airport/Ernakulam Railway station and thereafter drive to Munnar a hill station(150 Kms/5 Hrs drive), located 1600 meters above sea level. Once...READ MORE
1. Munnar Associated with ending rolling hills of lush green tea plantations, Munnar is a town straight out of a dream for tourists visiting Kerala. Thick storm clouds ready to burst open, the scent of the sandalwood groves and waterfalls gushing...READ MORE
Art forms of Kerala
Kerala is world known for its art and cultural forms which includes classical arts, rituals, religious arts, folklores, martial arts etc. Kerala art Forms have appreciated and awarded in many international venues and the art lovers from across the world is coming to Kerala for the fulfillment of their artistic ambition on Kerala art forms. Kerala has its glorious heritage in both classical as well as Traditional folk arts. UNESCO has recognized Kerala’s Koodiyattam as a unique art form as well as Kathakali, Kalarippayattu, Drum Processions etc are well known in many foreign countries. Most of the art forms have a mythical back ground and legendary story to tell to the world, so that it reveals the story of the region and life. kerala tours and travels cochin is arranging various travel prgrammes to experience these art forms at the stages where it plays. KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR
Kalarippayattu is the only form of the most ancient traditional systems of physical, culture, self-defence and martial techniques still in existence. It is believed to have had its origin in Kerala, the tiny state situated South West of India. There are two forms of Kalari, one Vatakkan ‘Northern’ and another one Tekkan ‘Southern’. In Vatakkan, three types viz Arappukkai, Pillattaanni and Vatteel tirippu were the most important and they had wide publicity. It is believed that Sage Agastya was the Guru of Tekkan form of Kalari. The Tekkan type was more important than Vadakkan. But the use of different kinds of weapons and the beauty of performance made the Vadakkan Kalari become famous. KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR
Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world which is originated in the area of southwestern Indian state Kerala . Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. One of the most interesting aspects of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up code. Characters are categorized according to their nature. This determines the colours used in the make-up. The faces of noble male characters, such as virtuous kings, the divine hero Rama, etc., are predominantly green. Characters of high birth that have an evil streak, such as the demon king Ravana, are allotted a similar green make-up, slashed with red marks on the cheeks. Extremely angry or excessively evil characters wear predominantly red make-up and a flowing red beard. Forest dwellers such as hunters are represented with a predominantly black make-up base. Women and ascetics have lustrous, yellowish faces.
The classical dance form of Mohiniattam was nurtured in the region of Kerala in southwestern India. The name Mohiniattam literally means ‘Dance of the Enchantress,’ and it does have a mesmerizing quality. The white and gold costume, arresting hairstyle and the highly graceful movements in medium tempo, contribute to this aesthetic effect. Mohiniattam is characterized by swaying movements of the upper body with legs placed in a stance similar to the plie position. The eyes play an important role in accenting the direction of the movement.
Mention of Mohiniattam is found in some eighteenth century texts, but the practical aspect of the style was revived in the reign of Maharaja Swati Tirunal, a 19th century ruler who was a great patron of the arts. Under Swati Tirunal, Mohiniattam crystallized as a solo dance tradition with musical compositions set to the Carnatic style of music and a distinct repertoire. Later, in the twentieth century, the great poet Vallathol established the Kerala Kalamandalam to promote the arts of Mohiniattam and Kathakali. Here, further research was done and Mohiniattam was codified and revived.KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR
Thullal, the folk dance form of Kerala is yet another gem in the vast repertoire of Kerala’s performing arts. It has from its very inception, enjoyed a ready appeal with both the commoner and the connoisseur for unlike forms such as Koodiyattam, Krishnanattam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, it requires no initiation to intelligently respond to it. One can easily react and enjoy Thullal without any prior exposure or sophisticated understanding. As this is composed in the language of the layman, it is known as the ‘poorman’s Kathakali’. The word Thullal belongs to the Dravidian family of languages and literally means ‘jumping’, this however can be extended to mean ‘to leap about’ or to ‘cut a caper’.
It is believed to be india’s oldest form of classical dance. This dance form which is called poetry in motion, has its hoary origins in the natya sastra written about 4000 b.c. by sage bharatha. This art form grossly disallows new fangled innovations or gimmicks except in repertoire and forms of presentation. It was originally known as ‘dasi attam,’ a temple art performed by young women called ‘devadasis.’ Bharatha natyam is commonly performed by women, but sometimes by men also. There are strict guidelines laid down regarding every single aspect of the art including the attributes required in order to be an accomplished dancer.
Also called koothu, is one of the oldest classical theatre arts of kerala. The solo dance is usually presented in the koothambalam of temples to the accompaniment of the mizhavu and elathalam. The performance begains with an invocation to the presiding deity of the temple. The narration is enlivened with the thandava dance movements, gestures and facial expression according to the guidelines in natya sastra. Koothu is distinct for its comic element which adds to its dramatic character. Themes are usually from the epics. The costume is colourful and bizarre with a strange headgear
Kootiyattam literally means “acting together”. This is the earliest classical dramatic art form of Kerala. Based on Sage Bharatha’s ‘Natyasasthra’ who lived in the second century, Kootiyattam evolved in the 9th century AD.The only extant classical Sanskrit theatre in India is Koodiyattam. This one thousand year-old theatre is the traditional privilege of Chakyars and Nambiars (temple-castes of Kerala). Chakyars enact the male roles and the Nangiars (women of Nambiar) take female roles. The actors and actresses render verbal acting in stylised Sanskrit and Prakrit (a colloquial form of Sanskrit) respectively. The make-up and dressing is less exuberant and more stylised. Mizhavu and Edakka provide the background music to Koodiyattam. Through sound modulation, the percussion instruments augment the effect of acting in this dance drama.Vidooshaka (Royal clown) in Koodiyattam tells the audience in the local language, Malayalam, with running humour, the thematic development of the text.
Thiruvathirakali is a classical dance form, which is a pointer to the old customs followed in the nair tharawads (joint families). In this dance form, the women of the house dance elegantly around the ceremonial lamp or floral decoration on festive occasions to the accompaniment of the thiruvathira pattu (song). Thiruvathirakkali or Kaikottikkali is a popular dance form of the women folk of Kerala. In this, eight to ten girls perform forming a circle by themselves. They sing and dance to the rhythm of clapping hands. Well-versed padams of Kathakali and Mohiniyatttam come alive in Thiruvathirakkali with a folk accent. The music and movements of Thiruvathirakkali has a native simplicity and lyrical grace. This graceful systematic group dance is performed on festivals like Onam and Thiruvathira. KERALA TOUR KERALA TOUR
Mohiniyattam is a dance form said to have originated in Kerala. It is closely related to Bharathanatyam of Tamil Nadu, which was originally called ‘Dasiyattam’. Originated as the temple dance performed by Devadasis, it portrays feminine love in its myriad forms – carnal, devotional and maternal- with accent more on Lasya and Bhava. In the main items Cholkettu, Padavarnam and Padam, Mudras and facial expressions are more important than the rhythmic steps. Costumes and ornaments of Mohiniyattam have much in common with female characters of Koodiyattam and Kathakali. Once Mohiniyattam was performed only in Temples premises and royal courts. The first reference to Mohiniyattam is found in ‘Vyavaharamala’ composed by Mazhamangalam Narayanan Namboodiri, of 16th century AD. Major contributions to this art form were given by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, Irayimman Thampi and Kuttikunju Thankachi.
Day 01 – Munnar You are greeted on arrival at Kochi International Airport/Railway station by The Travel Planners representative and thereafter drive to Munnar hills (130 kms / 4 hrs). Enroute visit Cheyyappara Waterfalls. On the way to Munnar you...READ MORE
01 Cochin On arrival at Cochin International Airport, you are greeted and whisked away to historic Willingdon Island or to Fort Cochin. In Cochin, you may explore the ancient harbour, with its rich colonial past, the old spice market at...READ MORE