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Kerala Shopping - What is Worth Buying!

By Ajay Kumar Subscribe to RSS | February 3rd 2012 | Views:
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Perhaps the most adorable state of India, Kerala needs no introduction. Astounding beauty of nature, varied traditions & customs, toothsome cuisines and tempting climate, the state has long been a travelers’ dream. Tourists to Kerala find a number of things to get enchanted with, and shopping is no doubt one of them. Offering a variety of goods with quality being non-to-second, this south Indian state is truly a shoppers’ delight. Kerala has assorted options, from world-class shopping arcades to local markets & shopping fairs, and caters almost every taste and budget of shopping freaks. So next time on your holiday to Kerala, get your shopping bags full of quality goods from the lively and vibrant Kerala markets. However, you would be better knowing what are worth shopping from these markets well ahead.

Coconut Shell Craft: As a territory dominated by plenteous coconut trees, Kerala features a superior selection of coconut shell crafts in its markets. These extraordinary handcrafts are known for their aesthetic designs and exquisite patterns carved out on their tough exterior. Those of you interested in these traditional Kerala handicrafts and wish to add them to your home laurel wreaths; Calicut is the right address to you. These crafts can be found made in various designs like flower vases, sugar basins, powder boxes, nut bowls and snuff boxes etc.

Metal Inlay Wood Crafts: Kerala is avowedly matchless when it comes to wood carvings. You could find an array of collectibles engraved on rose wood, sandal wood, cedar wood and coconut tree wood. The items are shaped in various patterns and glued on plywood base to give them attractive look. Then brass metal pieces are firmly attached during curving them in different designs. The Metal Inlay Wood Crafts are available made on various themes including dancing lady, Candle Stand, Peacock, Butterfly and many more. Markets in Ernakulam district are quite famous for the best quality of these artifacts.

Coir Products: Kerala has a large industry of coir products. Here, a wide range of coir products like lovely coir mattresses, carpets and several floor coverings can be purchased at reasonable rates. The quality of products is obviously high and they are designed by local experts. To shop for these products, markets in Kollam, Calicut and Alleypey are famous destinations.

Spices: Kerala has historically been notable for its exotic spices grown in the territory in abundance. The state has trade links with Europeans and other Western countries for the varied varieties of these condiments. So when you’re in Kerala, don’t miss to shop for spices available in superior quality and at very reasonable rates. Spices can be purchased from small shops and large departmental stores throughout the state. However, Alappuzha markets are popular for the best quality of spices and their oils and extracts.

Textiles: Kerala markets are popular for the shopping of silk and textiles. You could find a variety of traditional attires along with branded western wears in the shopping arcades of Kerala. All main cities like Trivandrum, Cochin and Kottyam have numerous shopping malls selling high quality of textile goods.

Apart from that, you can shop for woodcarving & horn-carving goods, Bamboo Mat paintings, Kathakali masks and Nettor Jewelries during your Kerala visit. While planning for Kerala holiday, professional help from a reliable tour agent is the most recommended options, at least for first timers. One can find various Kerala holiday packages online to select the one matching his needs and budget.

Ajay Kumar - About Author:
Writer of this article is associated Hungry Bags that is a reliable travel company offering customized Kerala holiday package, exclusive Kerala tour packages for the couples for honeymoon in Kerala.

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