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Indian Shopping in Southern India

Updated on March 15, 2013

After a delightful travel to South India and enjoying a great vacation, you will start wondering about the shopping items, to take as souvenirs from this wonderful land to gift to your dear ones.

Shopping in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, the cradle of Dravidian culture offers great shopping opportunities for tourists.

The arts and craft articles of Tamil Nadu are world famous.

  • Fine South Indian silk and embroidered silk sarees, hand-woven garments and handicrafts items from Chennai
  • Kanchipuram Silk saris
  • The beautiful mats of Pattamara
  • Handicrafts made from palm leaves and Palmyra fibers in Tirunellveli
  • Exquisite jewelry and brass and bronze castings of Kumbakonam
  • Metal works of Tanjore
  • Sculptures made of stone from Mahabalipuram
  • Seashell items and decorative items made of wood and bamboo from Kanyakumari
  • Conventional souvenirs and handicrafts made of rosewood, sandalwood, ivory, bronze and silver.
  • Leather goods, silk and hand-woven fabrics, saris and jewelry are available at most of the upmarket shopping centers.

Some of the Government emporia are Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu Emporium, and Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan.

Popular places for shopping in Chennai are -

Ranganatha Street in T. Nagar, and

Anna Salai in Mount Road.

Shopping in Karnataka

When you are in Karnataka, another southern State of India, for your holidays, there are also a large number of items available for you to take along with you, on your return from this heritage land.

Handicraft items - Karnataka has a rich tradition of handicrafts, and is popular for silk, sandalwood articles and ivory crafts. Bangalore and Mysore are well-known for their shimmering silks. Some of the notable ones are -

  • Silk fabrics from Mysore, woven in a unique assortment of rich colors and delicate gold threads.
  • Sandalwood carvings
  • Mysore paintings
  • Sandalwood Incense sticks (agarbathis)
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Perfumes
  • Metalware,
  • Stone carving,
  • Bidri ware with inlaying of gold or silver on a base of an alloy of zinc and copper.
  • Bell metal in Mangalore
  • Metal crafts in Bidar and Shravanabelagola
  • Hand woven Ilkal saris, jewelry, handlooms, Lambani jewelry and Kinnara paintings from North Karnataka
  • Colorful Gokak toys, silver and gold jewelry, and pottery from Belgaum District

These items are available in the numerous Government Emporia and exclusive private shops all over Karnataka.

Shopping in Andhra Pradesh

Shopping in Andhra Pradesh, a southern State of India, is a thrilling experience.

Andhra Pradesh has many specialties for shopping, such as

  • Pearls of Hyderabad
  • Extremely intricate designs of silver polished items known as Silver Filigiri.
  • Eyecatching Banjara mirror works on the clothes done by the local Banjara gypsies
  • Aatar, the world famous exotic perfumes of Hyderabad
  • Exotic designs of hand-woven carpets
  • Kalamkari, the Pen-painted fabric from Machilipatnam embellished with mythological depictions on clothing
  • Brightly colored life like replicas of vegetables, fruits, animals, dolls carved out from locally available soft wood known as Nirmal Toys.

Popular places for shopping -

Laad Bazar, Hyderabad, Shilparamam The Arts & Crafts Village


Shopping in Kerala

Here are some suggestions -

  • Since Kerala is a land of coconuts you will be delighted to buy crafts made out of coconut shells. A variety of colorful items are available on this category, to satisfy your dear ones.
  • Coir products are also very attractive which come in the forms of carpet, mat, bags etc.
  • Paintings
  • Wood carving
  • Metal ware
  • Horn carving
  • Bamboo mat paintings
  • Kathakali masks. Kathakali is a renowned dance of Kerala.
  • For centuries, Kerala is famous for spices, such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla etc.
  • Cashew nuts
  • Ayurveda and Herbal oil
  • Sandalwood oil extract

These items are available in Government Emporia and in private shops in all tourist destinations.

Some popular places are -

MG Road, Kochi

Station Road, Trivandrum

If you are looking for cheap rates, roadside vendors are the best and they are plenty in number in every tourist spot.

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      PiaC 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      This is so very helpful! To have a shoping list before you travel! I'd love some advice on how much a person can expect to pay for each articles so that I don't get cheated, nor underpay the artisan.

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      LaadBazaar 6 years ago

      Isn't it a cool idea, if you can shop online at, your comments appreciated,

    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 7 years ago

      Yes, you're right. More and more shopping facilities are coming up in South India. Thanks finsofts for adding value to the hub.

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      Divya Devarajan 7 years ago from India

      Shopping in south india specialy in cities like chennai and kerala new investments coming in shopping industry and in retail sector, more and more FDI also initiated these days we can take advantage of this and can come with innovative new retail shoppiong business in kerala and chennai shores.

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      lex123 9 years ago

      Thanks for your useful suggestion. Good idea for me to think about.

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      insteaf of long ... you can provide link and no. of hubpages you can create...

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      lex123 9 years ago

      solarshingles, I've given only a part of the shopping places. You will find more shopping malls and more tempting articles to buy.

      Trsmd, Thanks for the info. I've included only some shopping places in the list. Otherwise the list will be tooooooo long.

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      So many wonderful and very tempting shopping opportunities, that it is very hard to pick/choose...

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      Big Bazaar, Hyderabad Central, Beneral Bazaar, Sultaan Bazaar is the best place for shopping in Hyderabad.