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Shopping in Periyar

Sprawled over an area of about 780 sq. km. in the Idukki District of Kerala, Periyar is one of the major tiger reserves in India. Renowned worldwide as being home to a large number of wild elephants and tigers, and a host of other animals and birds, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is mainly visited by tourists for its great scenic charm and rich biodiversity.

Periyar being a land of spices, the most sought after items for tourists visiting the sanctuary is a wide variety of exotic spices. The slopes of the Western Ghats at Periyar grow a number of spices like pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise. Spice trading having been a mainstay of the local economy of the region, the spice-scented air at Periyar welcomes tourists and tempts them to shop for some excellent quality fresh spices that are grown in abundance here.

While shopping in Periyar, you can also buy T-shirts with exclusive Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary motifs of tigers and elephants. These can serve as excellent souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

But if you want to go on a shopping spree in Periyar, you can head for Kochi, located about 190 Km from the sanctuary. At Kochi you can find numerous shops and a large variety of items to buy including souvenirs and local handicrafts. Kumily, located nearby, is a famous shopping centre and spice trade centre. A wide variety of spices and handicrafts are also available at the shops in Kumily.