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Souvenirs to Look for on a South India Tour

By Renu Tichkule Subscribe to RSS | December 15th 2011 | Views:

No holiday, however pleasant, can be relived with the proper accompanying feelings of pleasure and satisfaction without gazing at a souvenir that you bought there. Souvenirs may be handicrafts, carvings, statues, clothing, carpets, idols, paintings and many others. Souvenirs reflect the charm and unique culture associated with the destination. They are made using local raw materials like wood, stone, fabric or dyes and crafted in a style peculiar to that part of the world. The principal aim is to bring back the exciting sensations of a past travel experience. Any South India tour package is made more interesting with local souvenirs. Walking to a local bazaar, enjoying the spread of merchandise and eventually purchasing one is an experience with its own attendant lure. Here’s a look at some souvenirs that must be penciled in when you make your South India travel plan.

Kerala Souvenirs:

Aranmula Kannadi: This is a mirror made of a special metal alloy instead of glass which produces no refraction. These are unique mirrors found nowhere else in the world.

Nettipattom: A decorative, handcrafted elephant caparison typical of Kerala.

Nettur Petti: Ethnic jewelry boxes that make an excellent gift to someone special. The casket is made of rosewood and is heavily handcrafted and fitted with metallic handles.

Moolampilly Pottery: This unique pottery is completely handcraft and known for its durability and strength.

Coir Crafts: These environmentally friendly coir products like mats, carpets and wall-hangings are made from coconut fiber and a simple but elegant touch to your living room.

Pulppaya Mats: Made in two colors, red and black, Pulppaya mats represent some of the oldest handicrafts of Kerala. They feel smooth and cool to sit on or even sleep on.

Chennai Souvenirs:

Pattamara Mats: These are unique mats made from palymra-leaf and fiber.

Tanjore Paintings: A form of painting that dates back to 1600 AD. Tanjore paintings are popularly known for their exclusivity, variety, vivid coloring and compactness. The themes usually show Gods and Goddesses or saints.

Bronze Carvings: The carvings of South India made of bronze with a large copper content mixed in it. The statuettes are usually religiously based on Lord Siva or his saints. This form of carving depicts the movement of energy through the cosmos and the art form dates back to 8 BC.

Kancheepuram Silks: This exquisite silk material has held the world spellbound with its delicate tapestry of colors and patterns. You can buy pure silk for making cushion covers, or wall hangings apart from saris.

Pondicherry Souvenirs:

Pondicherry is famous for its incredible range of reddish tinged terracotta artifacts which include pots, lamps, statues, stoneware cups and saucers. Apart from terracotta, Pondicherry is famous for its perfumed candles, Kolu dolls and leather products.

Andaman and Nicobar Souvenirs:

Well-known for shell artifacts and jewelry, coconut shell lamps, bamboo cane crafts and coral jewelry.

Lakshwadeep Souvenirs:

You can have your pick from chunky jewelry made from coral, pearl and oyster. Other items include ashtrays, buttons and lamps made from tortoise and coconut shell.

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