At a distance of 29 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Kerala Kalamandalam is located in Cheruthuruthy on the banks of Bharathapuzha River, on SH22 towards Shoranur.
Founded in 1930 by Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon and Manakkulam Mukunda Raja, it is one of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala. This temple of arts has preserved and propagated Kathakali, the classical dance of Kerala. Many of the internationally renowned artistes of Kerala and India have been trained here. The Koothambalam, the traditional dance theatre at Kalamandalam is the only one in the State which is built outside a temple complex. Constructed according to vikrushtra madhya, one of the three natya grihas specified in sage Bharatha's Natyasasthra, the theatre is 14.62 meter long and 7.31 meter wide. This unique institute has been involved in giving training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam and Thullal.