Shopping is an exciting affair in Kerala. With antiques, jewellery, curios, spices, handlooms and handicrafts available in plenty, the state offers endless options to its visitors.
Kerala is famous for Cloves that is a common spice of Kerala. Keralites call it Grambu or Karayambu.
It is also a treasure trove of precious metals and stones. Rich in variety and design, items like necklaces, chains, bangles, earrings, studs are much sought after by visitors from the world over.
Pure cotton off-white handlooms edged with gold thread, known as neryath is an extremely popular item. Woven in specially-made looms, they are extremely light and soft.
It also specialises in bell metal, wood, cane, fibre and coconut shell craft. Wall hangings, conch shell articles, finely carved wooden and metal articles are much sought after by the tourists.
Simple and elegant, the beautifully crafted coir products of Kerala give an aesthetic touch to any home or office. Crafted by the women of the picturesque coir villages of the land of coconuts, the innovative range of products include mats, rugs, wall hangings, door pieces, bags, hammocks, ceiling/floor furnishing, beds, cushions, little show pieces, blinds etc.
A popular dry nut of God's Own Country, cashewnut kernels are either eaten raw or roasted and salted. For centuries a commercial export item of Kerala, Cashew nut are traditionally used for seasoning the sweet delicacies of the land's cuisine. It is said that Cashew nut were brought here by Portuguese traders. Souvenirs in Kerala are
Kathakali models in wood, exquisitely carved jewellery boxes, rosewood elephants, miniature models of snake boats, are excellent souvenirs to take back home for those you love .
Kasavu Mundu and Kasavu Neryathu , are extremely light pure cotton handlooms edged with golden thread. The golden edging is sometimes touched with contrasting bright colours. They are worn as traditional saris or used as dress material.
Aranmula Kannadi is a famous mirror made of a unique alloy of metals. A few families in Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district still practise the art of making this mirror.
The Keralites' love for gold is reflected even in the manner they adorn their favourite beast. The elephant, which is an integral part of any celebration here, is turned out in full regal splendour for any pageant or procession. The nettippattom (the glittering ornament that adorns the forehead of the elephant) is crafted in gold by a skilled clan of artisans. Nowhere in India is an elephant decorated so extravagantly, or so befittingly.