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.It was one of the Rajas (Chieftain) of Kottarakkara, who wrote the first play intended for Kathakali performance. They form a cycle of eight stories based on Ramayana.
The oldest of martial arts is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts. Kalarippayattu originated in ancient south India. It was 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.Shrouded in deep mystery and mists of secrecy kalarippayattu was taught by the masters in total isolation, away from prying eyes.
Jungle Jeep Safari
This is one of the most popular programmes in Thekkady. The jeep safari to Gavi, picturesque land, is the major off-the-track destination ideal for a wilderness retreat replete with trekking, birding, canoeing and facilities for boarding. This biological garden, with hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grass lands, sholas,cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantation, is home for many endangered species like lion tailed macaque; nilgiri tahrs etc. Trekking through forest under trained Guide after break fast.Return by 12.30,have south Indian Vegetarian lunch and thereafter boating in Gavi Lake(row boat),visit cardamom plantations and curing house,Sabarimala view point..Return after evening tea by 3.30 PM.
As you take a walk along the streets of Kumily or the winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air.The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices.The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.One of the major spices produced in the area is cardamom.The variety,Cardamom Small, botanically known as Elettaria Cardamom, is the one that is mostly grown here.The thick shrub-like cardamom plant usually grows at an altitude of 600 to 1200 metres from mean sea level (msl).Kerala contributes about 70 percent of the national production of cardamom with the major chunk coming from the plantations of Kumily.
The elephant ride through the jungle, organized by the Forest Department, is an unforgettable experience. Not only is it a great option to observe the wildlife, it is also guaranteed to be a fun experience. As you make your way through the jungle on top of a tusker, you will, most likely, feel like one of the kings of yore out to survey his hunting ground.
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