Kerala Folklore Museum Tour with Traditional Performance

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: India, Kerala, Kochi
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Kochi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Built in three different architectural styles, the Malabar, Cochin and Travancore, this edifice is a treasure trove that showcases the rich heritage that Kerala exudes through its numerous art and dance forms. A 3-hour tour through this incredible museum walks you through the history of Kerala, where every step you take takes you deeper into its culture and heritage. It has over 4000 artifacts, which are all preserved with utmost care. The topmost floor is a beautiful wood lined theatre conducting authentic stage performances of traditional dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, and Kalaripayattu. You can acquire a few treasures for yourself from the Souvenir shop and experience the real culinary taste of traditional Kerala from the Spice shop. This museum in Ernakulam district of Kerala is a real treat for art lovers, researchers, and travelers all around the world.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Fully narrated tour

This cultural hub is the only architectural museum in Kerala with the essence of the life and culture of the common man over the past 1000 years. This architectural gallery is built from the dismantled buildings, reconstructing around 25 traditional and heritage buildings from different parts of Kerala, making it the biggest architectural installation of Kerala. Each floor of the mansion is dedicated to three different architectural styles of Malabar, Cochin and Travancore styles of architecture.
At the start of the tour, you are greeted by the host with a traditional welcome. From the beginning till the end, the magnificence of the museum, as well as the artifacts, keeps you awestruck. The entrance to this marvelous structure is constructed from the remnants of a 16th century temple in Tamil Nadu and wooden carvings collected from across Kerala. You can see the reminiscent of the intriguing style of Malabar architecture in the pierced wooden windows. The first floor, created with the Cochin style of architecture in mind, is astutely named as Kalithattu (floor for play), as it displays the costumes of various traditional and ritual dance forms of Kerala like Theyyam, Kathakali, Ottamthullal, and Mohiniyattam. The second floor named Kanjadalam (lotus petal) is adorned with fascinating mural paintings.
This museum is a treasure trove of over 4000 artifacts from forgotten centuries, comprising of stone, wood and bronze sculptures, ancient terracotta, Stone Age objects, jewelry, paintings, oil lamps, musical instruments, tribal and folk art, wood works, utensils, masks and traditional art forms etc.  This is a perfect opportunity to shop for some pieces of ethnic antiques or tribal artifacts for yourselves at the souvenir shop. A spice shop is also available for you to experience the real culinary taste of Kerala.
The tour ends with authentic stage performances of traditional art forms of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam or Bharatnatyam conducted by the beautiful wood lined theater on the top floor of the museum. It can be arranged for you to watch the make-up and preparations involved for the performances prior to the programme. This tour is a chance to gain visual and academic knowledge on the heritage of Kerala.

Inclusions
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Traditional performance
  • Entry/Admission - Kerala Folklore Museum

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Price is fixed per group
  • A maximum of 15 people per group
Departure Point

Folklore Museum, Thevara


Departure Time

2:00 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Package is not cancellable.

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