There’s no better way to explore the city than navigating through its signposts of art and culture. From the ancient traditional art forms like Koodiyattam, Kathakali, Chavittunatakam, classical music and dance, to contemporary dance, flamenco, hip-hop, pop, rock or reggae shows and theatre fests, you will find them all here. Cultural organisations, the tourism department and hotels ensure that there’s something happening round the year. For unedited versions of the traditional arts and some of the lesser known ones, for chendamelam, panchavadyam and the procession of caparisoned elephants, look for the temple festivals that are on frequently. Art is a living tradition here, more so after the Muziris Biennale. Besides the art galleries, don’t forget the old temples and churches that have some amazing murals and the public statues.

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