Kerala can be a collectors paradise if you go to the right places. Painstakingly made handicrafts, exotic spices and dazzling textiles are some of the best things to shop for in Kerala.
Shopping in Kerala can be done at almost every important tourist destination. But what really matters is you find authentic items. Many cheaply made spurious copies are sold off as the real thing.
When you are looking for gift items like good Kerala styled jewelery boxes, make sure you go to Netturpetti in Thiruvantapuram. For gold, go to East Ford area in the capital city. In Thiruvantapuram, you can also buy original Nilgiri Coffee which is available only in Kerala. For original Kerala styled tea, make sure you go to Munnar.
Ernakulam in Kochi is another important shopping hub. Here, you can buy loads of antiques and spices. Apart from this, metal cutlery, statues and other gift items can be purchased here. This area is also good for buying ceramic vases.
If you are looking for specific household items like carpets and coir products, make sure to go to Alleppey as this is the area where the handicrafts are created. Being a small town, you will spot shops everywhere. Make sure you compare the prices with different shops and og for the best one. Bargaining is possible here.
If you are looking for authentic silk linen, go to Thissur, this place is known around the world for its silk production and many shops selling the material can be found. But the material is extremely expensive and can be purchased from other parts of Kerala with a slight compromise no quality.
Varkala is an area which is full of Tibetian nationals, so you can find beads, cloth handbags, necklaces and Tibetian meditation incense in this area. The Varkala beach is another place to find aromatic herbs and spices.
If you have a tour guide, make sure to ask him about the specialities of every location. They might even guide you to specific shops as they get a comission from the proprietors, but make sure to check prices from multiple shops before buying. Apart from a relaxed vacation spot, Kerala can also be the mecca of a shopaholic!