Pick up from Kannur International airport, check in to the hotel in Kannur, after fresh up proceeds to St. Angelos Fort. back to the hotel by 7.30pm after dinner proceed to visit Theyyam performance. An ancient art form, more than eight centuries old, Theyyam is one of the most spectacular of the ritual arts forms of Northern Kerala. Theyyam performances include the myths and stories of the many gods and celestial spirits in Kerala mythology, and its performers are vigilant and committed to guarding the purity of the art form and preserving its ritualistic heritage.
Theyyam, believed to have been derived from the word Daivam, meaning god, is based on the belief that immortal spirits enter into mortal bodies to perform a ritual dance of divine revelation. The spectacular variety of Theyyam performances are possible through the use of elaborate facial make-up, captivating headgear, special costumes and unique ornaments. Theyyams are staged in various temples of Malabar, usually in front of the village shrine, with regularity each year. As performances are on an open stage they can also be showcased in traditional Malabar households during festive or special occasions. late night back to the hotel.
After Breakfast visits Mangrove forest, Mangrove Man of India- Sri. Kallen Pokkudan, This Farm Labourer Planted and Protected Coastal Forests for Over 25 Years! The sleepy village of Ezhom, on the banks of Pazhayangadi river in Kannur district, has, at 500 acres, the longest continuous stretch of mangroves in Kerala. A natural shield against flood, erosion, salinization and natural calamities like tsunami, this lush green coastal forest is the reason why there is always a cool breeze sweeping across the village even at the height of summer. The man responsible for nurturing these rich wetlands was an agricultural laborer from Ezhom who dropped out of school in 2nd standard.
Kallen Pokkudan spent over two decades of his life planting, preserving and tirelessly campaigning for the protection of mangroves. In that span of time, he planted over one lakh mangrove seedlings along riverbanks and the seashore. Have lunch from there prepared by villagers with their on cultivates and fish. back to hotel and late evening visit Theyyam performance. back to hotel by late night.
After breakfast proceeds to handloom village, where the world-class handloom is made. Azhikode is a small village in Kannur district and is famous for its handloom industry. The quality handloom products, locally known as /‘Kaithari/’, are made by hand by the weavers with the help of handloom machines. To promote the handloom industry here Azhikode has been declared as a handloom village. Afternoon visit Kunhimangalam, a village in Kannur, is famous for its craftworks in bronze, popularly known as Odu. They include the different traditional articles and vessels like /‘kindi/’ (water container of a particular shape with a sprouting nozzle), /‘uruli/’ (wide shallow cooking vessel), vattalam(also called as vaarpu/” (a large, shallow, flat vessel with handles on either side), and other such bronze pooja articles used in various Hindu religious functions and rituals. The craftsmen of Kunhimangalam use no modern machines in their work and every piece is crafted uniquely in the traditional style. Kannur is a northern district in Kerala, India. by evening back to the hotel.
After breakfast visit Parassini Kadavu temple, The ritual of first feeding or first rice-eating ceremony is one of the important rituals in this temple, the family reaches the Muthappan temple with kids for their first rice feeding. Afternoon Visit Snake park-The park houses a variety of snakes and other small animals, including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell/’s viper, Krait and various pit vipers. There is also a large collection of non-venomous snakes including pythons. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, many species of which are gradually becoming extinct. In a live show, trained personnel play and /’interact/’ with a variety of snakes, including cobras and vipers, and try to quell mythical fears and superstitions about snakes. It has also been proposed that a laboratory to extract venom from snakes for purposes of research be set up here.
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