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Where to Shop – Karnataka

Shopping in Karnataka can be quite an pleasant experience if you know where to go! Karnataka is famous for being known all over the world for being a shopper’s paradise. A shopping excursion in the state would be steep in fragrant sandalwood and patterned silk saris.

Karnataka is famous for its artistic and delicate sandal wood carvings. Apart from that, one can shop for stone, wood stuffs and metals. You will also be introduced to artistically patterned metal ware, delicately designed wood craft and ethic textiles which flaunt nature’s beauty and man’s exquisite artistic skill.

Shopping Malls in Karnataka are peculiarly known for their sandal woodworks. Artisans in Karnataka have an amazing hand and skill to design some of the best quality products.

The lively, utterly busy and active, Mysore’s street markets are an essential part of life in Karnataka.  You surely will feel blessed there as almost everything from clothes to antiques is up on sale. The famous Mysore silk and cotton sarees are a the quintessential sight for the eyes. The delicately woven real gold treads and brocade, the traditional patterns, the amazing artistic weaving by local weavers compel you to stop by and own one of them. Mysore and Bangalore are also famous for their other silk and cotton weaves and amazing handicraft by the classic rural artisans.

Besides Mysore paintings, Bidriware and rosewood furniture are an integral part of Mysore’s culture are also a must buy while you may be on your shopping roll in Karnataka. Mysore paintings are famous for their subtle patterns and using natural vegetable dyes and gold leaf work.

On travelling to Udipi, your shopping spree takes a delightful turn. Udipi is recgonized for its mythological figures cast in metal, shop for crafts. Gulegudda in Karnataka is the ideal spot for Ilkal saris, Kinnala paintings and Lambani jewelry. Other cities like Mangalore have some of the finest metal crafts. Bidar, Sravanbelgola and Nagamangala are renowned for its bronze objects.

Other accessories such as  delicate baskets, pendants, exotic bookmarks ,wooden caskets with inlays and sandalwood pens. Karnatka has so much to offer for everyone. Shopping in this indeed is a delight for any shopaholic.

By – Avni Mehrotra

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