Jaalakam is a Sanskrit / Malayalam word meaning a window. In our context, Jaalakam is a day experience intended to give you an authentic and informed introduction to the culture and traditions of Kerala. Jaalakam springs from our intent and effort to curate organic experiences around the rich cultural heritage of central Kerala, experiences that even local art lovers would cherish and find meaningful rather than watered down affairs meant only for ‘tourists’ from abroad. Each edition of Jaalakm would run be based on a special theme from the following:
We will anchor our afternoon around a prominent temple festival in central Kerala, in or around Thrissur.
We will try and connect to this magnificent flagship art form of Kerala and try to develop a preliminary understanding and appreciation that goes beyond just appearances.
This ancient theatre art for of Kerala is a hidden delight for most visitors (and many locals). We will try to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the same.
Each of the classical dances of India have their own unique appearance and character. Here we will try to understand better one of the classical dances of South India and through the same we will also try and develop a wider appreciation of performing arts of India in general.
|Afternoon (around 3.00 pm)||Arrive in Neelambari||We will serve you a welcome drink and light snack and make you comfortable.|
|Afternoon (around 3.30 pm)||Culture session 1 - Introduction to Kathakali||With an actor and a culture guide we try to take peek under the mesmerising surface of Kathakali|
|Evening (around 4.45 pm)||Tea and snacks||We will serve some authentic Kerala delicacies for a snacks break|
|Evening (around 5.00 pm)||Village exploration||We will take a short exploration of the beautiful surroundings and village of Neelambari. We will do this as a combination of a canoe trip and rural walk. We will use our time outside for some interesting discussions and try to put our cultural exploration in better context|
|Evening (around 6.15 pm)||Cultural performance||We will have a performance in sync with our art introduction earlier in the day.|
|Evening (around 7.30 pm)||Dinner||We will have a sumptuous dinner themed around a specific region or tradition of Kerala|
The above schedule is only indicative and may undergo small changes for each edition. For example, if we are going out for a live performance or temple festival we may have an earlier dinner.
If you are someone with a genuine interest in arts and culture and would like to indulge in an authentic cultural exploration, Jaalakam would be to your taste. The program is intended for guests (especially groups) who are not able to stay at Neelambari but would like to have a taste of our food and culture. The program is structured in such a way that guests staying within a one hour driving distance (like Kochi or Guruvayur or Athirapally) can attend the program and get back to their location conveniently. No background in art or culture is expected. English would be the medium of interaction, so a basic ability to understand and communicate in English would be needed to ensure meaningful engagement.
EUR 80 per person inclusive of applicable taxes.
If you would like to come in as a group of three or more guests, please contact us for a group price.
Cancellation: No refund is possible. If you let us know seven days or more before the program, we will issue credit for future use after deduction of EUR 10 per person. WIth more than three days notice, EUR 40 per person would be deducted and balance would be credited. No cancellation is possible within the three days window of the program.
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Sreeni and Meera made our stay at Neelambari feel more like visiting close relatives than staying at a resort. They made every effort to make us feel welcomed, comfortable and happy. Sreeni was very kind to take us on multiple occasions to the local music and dance festival with him aswell as organising day trips around the area to keep us entertained and excited. Meera spoilt us rotten with a desgistation of delicious local dishes for every meal! We were there for 7 days and not one meal was a repeat from the other and much of the produce was grown on the property or region. She even gave us a cooking lesson so hopefully we can recreate some of the meals at home. The resort itself is a work of art, literally! It feels like it has been part of the landscape for centuries. That being said the accommodation was luxurious and has all the comforts and percs you would expect from a 5 star resort. We had booked in for daily yoga and Ayurveda treatment, our Yogi and and Dr were really great and our daily routine left us invigorated and relaxed. I would stay at Neelambari again in a heartbeat.