Culture & Cuisine
To watch a kathakali performance or listen to the musical ensemble called panchavadyamin Kerala is to experience transcendence. A wide array of classical and folk art forms – Mohinattam, Chakkyarkoothu, Kalaripayattu, Margom Kali, Koothu, Kummattikali, Sopanam, to name just a few, and festivals like Onam and the Thrissur Pooram– reflect the vitality that infuses not only the people and their customs but the very soil of Kerala itself. Ancient, unique,graceful and filled with vitality. Borrowing from various sources yet remaining true to its essence, it is no wonder that Kerala culture touches a deep common emotional chord within human beings everywhere.
And like its culture, Kerala’s cuisine, too – remember, this is the land of spices, coconuts and fish!– is unforgettably out of this world. To partake of a traditional Kerala meal served on large and luminously green banana leaves, with its over a dozen accompaniments – of rice and varieties of vegetable, fish and/or meat preparation – is to attain gastronomic fulfillment!