Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum
Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum is the major attraction of kollam. It is located in the Kollam district that was built as the memorial of the father of Kathakali, Kottarakkara Thampuran. In this museum, an array of collection of antiques, ornaments, models of Kathakali, costumes, ornaments, musical equipments and sculptures of kathakali, costumes and models of dance forms. Kottarakkara is a village in the state of Kerala that lies 27 km to the east of Kollam. It is found 18 km to the west of Punalur on National Highway 208/220. It is also known as the headquarters of Kottarakkara Block and Taluk including six panchayaths.
The museum is totally inspired with a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama. This form is noted for its unique make-ups, their colourful costumes, refined gestures and well-defined body moments. These are properly presented with the tune of anchor playback music in feature dramas. This concept was originated in the 17th century AD. After many years, it has updated with better looks, sophisticated gestures and added themes as well as more ornate singing and precise drumming.
The best season to travel here is in between August to March. At this time, the climate has an average condition with Max 36˚C, Min 22˚C (summer), Max 28˚C, Min 18˚C (winter).