If you able to take in a performance, try and go see the 'Kathakali Dance'. The masks and costumes of the dancers are very bold and the makeup is unique. The dances usually recount popular folk tales and scenes from the Ramayan, India’s oldest epic. 'Kalarippayat' is the traditional martial arts form practiced in Kerela. Taught since the 12th century, masters train their students in a gymnasium, usually located in a temple. The school emphasizes strict discipline. Typical Malabar cuisine is famous for its rich, spicy, coconut-based graves.