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Shopping in Kerala

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.

Best Places for Shopping in Kerala

Shopping in Cochin

Kochi is great place to pick up handicrafts, may it be figurines, colorful jewelry made up of beads, or mats, bangles made up of sandalwood, wood, brass ivory, bamboo or shells. MG Road in Cochin is one place where you can buy decorative items, jewelry, toys, textiles, readymade garments etc. Broadway is well known for spices and clothes. For spices Mattancherry is major centre.
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Shopping in Trivandrum

Trivandrum city has shops spread all over packed with souvenirs of local handicrafts such as terra cotta, shell, copper, brass, bamboo work and wood carvings. Local craftsmen of this place are amazing sculptors creating figurines and idols. Other famous souvenirs are miniature Kathakali masks in vibrant colors,varied shapes and sizes. Coir products like floor mats and rugs are also produced locally and are hot items amongst the tourists. MG Road, Chalai, Saphalaya and Power House are major shopping districts. MG Road has best shopping craft shop scattered all over. In East Fort area Attakul Shopping Complex and in Kaudiar Narmada Shopping Complex have a lot of shopping malls.
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Shopping in Alleppey

Alleppey is not a regular shopper’s delight but it has a huge variety of coir products such as floor mats, carpets, bags and furniture made up of natural fibers to offer. It is also famous for coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom pepper and other spices. Markets here have fresh local fruits and vegetables which can be purchased.
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Shopping in Kovalam

Kovalam beach has innumerable shacks and shops selling trinkets, small handicrafts, carpets clothes etc. Area of beach is treasure trove for shopping. Statues made of teakwood and rosewood is very famous in Kovalam. These shops on beach side are full of varied items from all over India may it be Kashmiri shawls, Tibetan items, chunky or ethnic jewelry, Malabar spices, Kerala artifacts, paintings, curios or hand woven saris.
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Shopping in Kumarakom

In Kumarakom spices are in abundance. You can buy fresh and aromatic spices from here. Kumarakom shops are also packed with hand woven textiles, antiques, jewelry items, ready made garments, metal ware, camel-bone carvings, items made from cane, bamboo and coconut shell, wood carvings, grass mats, embroidered colorful screw pine mats and many other types of handicrafts items. Oberon Mall near Kumarakom is good place for Shopping, Food Route and Entertainment.
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Shopping in Munnar

Munnar known for its Tea and spice plantation gives ample opportunity to tea and spice enthusiasts. Munnar has several outlets , shops and factories which can be explored and you can buy different types of teas and spices from there as ideal gift options. You can also buy traditional Kerala items such earthen utensils, copper and bronze utensils, Nilavilakku (a traditional lamp- lit on auspicious occasions) and other artifacts. Handmade models snakeboats and artifacts made of sandalwood make some other memorable souvenirs to pick from Munnar.
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