The capital and one of the most important cities of Kerala, Trivandrum is a significant shopping hub for shopaholics. Right from traditional Kerala items to modern goods, Trivandrum is a treasure of antiques and souvenirs. Traditional handicrafts, such as woodcarvings, copperware, cane and bamboo furniture and crafts, and lacquer ware are the most looked after and sold items here. More often than not, shopping is an integral part of a tour. Everyone loves to take back artifacts and utilities as mementos after exploring any new region. The rich tradition of art and crafts make for a great shopping experience in Trivandrum.
Metal work is an ancient art form in this part of Kerala. The ace craftsmen of Trivandrum make exquisite items out of bell metal. Pick up some kitchenware, brass lamps, and many other objects while shopping in Trivandrum. Coir products are another superb specialty of Kerala. You can find floor coverings, doormats, floor matting, and rugs in a range of colors and designs, which are made of coir or coconut fibers. These, along with coconut shell crafts, are huge favorites amongst people who want to indulge in serious shopping in the city. Shopping here generally comprises of items, like tea, nuts, sandalwood carvings, and bronze artifacts. Another important shopping item which is most popular among the womenfolk is the traditional Trivandrum sari.
The main shopping centers in Thiruvananthapuram are MG Road, Chalai, Attukal Shopping Complex, Power House Road, Saphalya (Palayam), Narmada Shopping Complex (Kaudiar), and Kedaram (Kesavadasapuram). Most handicraft emporiums are located along the MG Road. The state-owned SMSM Institute in Thiruvananthapuram showcases exclusive Kerala handicrafts; it is one of the state-run corporation's chains of exclusive showrooms "Kairali". Out here, you will find a wide range of handicrafts, miniatures, sculptures in rosewood and sandalwood, carvings, accessories for home, and quintessential travel souvenirs, like a Kathakali mask which reflects the cultural heritage of Kerala.
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