Kerala one of the must see destinations in the world is also regarded as a shopping destination Shopping destination for the tourist due to its monopoly on many lucrative, unique, distinct rare items ranging from spices to souvenirs . Kerala was a ancient spice trade center and the state had trade relations with Arabs, Chinese, Europeans. It was due to Kerala’s natural resources and wild life habitats the colonial powers established their monopoly in the region in the early decades. It is believed that king solomans ships anchored near the kollam ports for carrying the timbers, ivory, spices etc to his kingdom for the construction of Temple of God. Kerala has a traditional market for shopping and renders a delightful experience for shopping .Shopping experiences in Kerala ranges form spices, Food, Handicrafts, Dress items, Utility items.
Nature blessed State of Kerala abundant with spices that varies from of black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, starnaise, etc . The tourist can get these items at a very economical rates .visit to Kerala is not complete without buying the best spices in the world. Good quality of spices bought from Thekedy. Kerala food items cashew nuts really adorns a place in international market .cashew nut plants came from Brazil to Kerala. Kollam district of Kerala produces good quality of Cashew nuts .Kerala’s Western ghat Hill Stations rich in Tea estates at Munnar, Waynad produces good quality tea. The tourist can get good quality of tea powder leaves from these hill stations. Kerala coffee powder made in traditional style is also worth to buy since one can get good quality of coffee. Banana Chips: Kerala rich in Banana plantations produces good quality of Banana chips and the taste of Kerala Banana chips is wonderful. Kerala Handicrafts made from wood, jute, coir coconut shells, coconut fibers are world famous. Highly skilled Kerala artisans make these items for sale .Artifacts made of teak, deep-wine rosewood and fragrant sandalwood really promotes your shopping thrive These master pieces truly represent the cultural richness and diversity of Kerala. The Kasavu Mundu, Sarees and dress: The traditional dress of Kerala pure handmade cotton clothes with golden borders traditionally worn by Kerala men and women. Kerala Men will wear the mundu in all traditional functions and The women wear Kasavu Saree in special occasions and festivals One can buy these dress items to remember the visit to Kerala Other Utility items include Kathakali Mask: Sea Shell Show pieces Nettipattom: the decorative ornament for elephants used during temple processions and Nilavilakku: an oil lamp for ceremonial purposes in temples, homes Aranmula Kannadi the unique mirror that fetches fortune to the buyer Jewelry:etc for personnel use is recommended to buy and adorn your office or home walls or showcases .
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Some of the popular tourist shopping products in Kerala are coconut shell craft,coir items,woodcarvings,metalware,tea, coffee and spices like black pepper, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, etc,metal inlaid wood craft,horn carvings,bamboo/jute mat paintings and kathakali masks.
So Kerala has been the shopping mall of the world for thousands of years and it continues to entice the visitors with the various charms in its bazaars from fort Cochin to tea plantations in Munnar and spice gardens in Thekkady and Wayanad.
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