Weekend Getaways



Thekkady- the Spice town


Thekkady is a small town in the Idukki District of Kerala and is known for its spices, coffee and the Periyar Tiger Reserve and also for the performing arts like Theyyam, Kathakkali and the marshal arts of kerala Kalaripayyattu.

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The must visit places of Thekkady include :



Periyar Tiger Reserve-a boat ride safari on the back waters of Periyar dam- for a chance sighting of wild animals in their natural habitat, a full day trek inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, performing arts like Kathakkali, Theyyam and Kalaripayyattu. Accommodation is available in coffee plantation/spice plantation home stays, hotels and resorts.



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Kathakali


Kathakali, literally meaning 'story-play', is a dance-drama originated in the 17th century in Kerala, one of the smallest states in India lying on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. Scholars are of opinion that Kathakali is the result of a fusion between all Indian theater tradition represented by Koodiyattom and the indigenous tradition of folk dance forms

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Kalaripayattu


The oldest of martial arts form is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts. Kalarippayattu originated and crafted in ancient south India drawing inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms lion, tiger, elephant, wild boar, snake and crocodile.

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