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No vacation is complete without a proper shopping spree. That holds true for most people. And Kerala often referred to as the house of God, isn’t an exception. You can shop for amazing stuff such as tea, coffee, spices, aromatic oils to name a few. These being the specialty of the state. But in a state so vast, it is a task to search around for everything if you’re new to the place. Don’t worry though, we’ve compiled a list of places where you can shop from to make it easier for you.
Locally grown and of high quality, tea and coffee is a must to be bagged for all tourists in Kerala. You can stock up on your morning brew necessities when visiting the hilly regions of the state. You can take guided tours of factories and purchase the goods according to your liking. On the way, you can also enjoy the serenity of nature in these regions.
For tea, you can head to Munnar, Wayanad, Vagamon, and Kolukkumalai.
Recommended shop: Tea Museum, KDHP House, NH 49, Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612
For coffee, you can head to Gavi, Wayanad, Idukki, Nenmara, and Peermade.
The tantalizing aroma of spices can often be hard to resist, especially if they are freshly harvested, locally grown spices. With expansive plantations of spices all around the state, you can either choose to buy it from a local store or pick up some spices directly from the plantations. The freshness and richness of these spices are something to die for and Kerala famous around the world for producing high-quality spices.
You can go to places like Munnar, Kumily, Periyar and Thekkady for the best spices in the state.
Recommended shop: Kallar Spices And Organic Herbal Garden And Live Chocolate Factory & Kerala Sarees, Aluva - Munnar Rd, Kallar Vattiyar, Kerala 685561
If there’s anything more famous about Kerala than the 'Idli', it has surely got to be the 'Kathakali'. It is an ancient dance form that originated in Kerala, and the flamboyant spectacle is no less than a celebration of the state’s rich culture and heritage. The dancers are adorned with jewels and colorful costumes and face paint, resembling a face mask. Kathakali masks make for a great showpiece and a wonderful memorandum to remind you of your time in the state. These masks are available all across the states in government-owned emporiums and also local shops in and around the state.
Recommended shop: SMSM Institute - Govt. Handicraft Emporium, Press Club Rd, near YMCA, Statue, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695001
Kerala is the one place where the practices of Ayurveda never stopped and still continues to grow and live on as a part of their culture and traditions. A wide range of aromatic and therapeutic oils are needed for Ayurvedic treatments available in Kerala. These oils are believed to have a soothing effect on your body and mind. You could choose to take them home for yourself or you could even take them as gifts for your friends and family. You could find them anywhere from resorts to local stores in the state.
Some places in particular, famous for this product are Thekkady and Kumily.
Recommended shop: Pepprmon, Kunnumpuram-NGO Quarters Road, Opposite to Catholic Syrian Bank, Vazhakkala, Kochi, Kerala 682021
You’ve surely seen them on elephants either in pictures, television or in movies, but probably didn’t know what it was or what it’s called. Widely regarded by the locals, as an item that brings peace and prosperity, a 'Nettipattam' is the golden head covering draped around an elephant’s heads during ceremonies, which can be used as decor. Buy a mini version of it and mount it on a wall. Ask around and you can easily get these anywhere in the state.
Recommended shop: Heritage Arts, near Jewish Synagogue, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002
Kerala is also famous for its eco-friendliness, which also reflects in its handicrafts. Usually made from coconut husk, coir is an important part of0 the survival of the state’s local and cottage industries. These make the perfect cheap but unique and useful gifting options to take back home. Pick up anything from mats, coasters and other small home decor items. These are especially easy to find in the coastal areas of the state such as Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.
Recommended shop: Culture Shoppe, Pandits Colony Extension, Kowdiar, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695003