Since Ancient times traders from all over world came to Kerala for its abundant wealth of spices, gold and ivory. But today one can shop these items in Kerala without much hassles. Kerala has much more to offer as delightful memoirs to visitors such as Wayanand coffee, Munnar tea, patta koda, bell metal items, coconut shell crafts, bamboo items, wood carvings and antiques.
M.G. Roadin Trivandrum is best place to witness Malayali Art. Wooden models of Kathakali dancers painted in bright colors are famous all over world and are must buy for tourists. Jew Street of Kochi is famous for Chinese ceremics and antiques. Metal mirrors made with old techniques by skilled craftsmen cannot be missed in Aranmula. Government Emporia Kairali has wide display of souvenirs from Kerala at reasonable prices.
Markets of Alappuzah and Kuttanad are full of items made up of natural fibres such as bags, durries, wall mats, rugs, carpets and furniture. Natural fibres are colored to make product more appealing and decorative.
The indispensable part of Kerala is spice market. Visit to one of the spice market is must to have a glance of shops filled with whole areca nuts, pepper, dried ginger, turmeric and many more spices. The fragrance of spices can be felt in air in this market.
Drive to Munnar in Idukki district to get the true flavor of world famous Indian Tea. Kalpetta in Wayanand district has coffee culture. Tea and coffee is also available in shops run by Tea Board or coffee Board in all Major Kerala destinations.
One of your major reasons to spend your holidays in Kerala can be the shopping spree. Pay a visit to all the major destinations of this Land of Spices and you can't control your hand for buying.