Kuravarkali is mainly performed by Kuravar, the former untouchable class of people who were not permitted to enter the precincts of temples. It is usually conducted outside the temple walls in connection with festivals. Conical caps called pala thopi, white dhoti and red sash form part of the costume of the dancers. The dancers smear sandalwood paste all over the body and face, and have anklets tied to the legs. Kuravarkali is performed around a traditional lamp. It is accompanied by percussion instruments such as veekkan chenda.