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Apart from being a major tourist site, Thiruvananthapuram is also a paradise for the shopaholics – it is one of the most interesting venues for shopping in Kerala, and undoubtedly, in the entire nation too. With a wide array of local markets, shopping malls and boutique shops situated across the entire city, the town of Thiruvananthapuram happens to the perfect place for buying souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelleries, clothes, books and what not.
Markets in Thiruvananthapuram
There are various markets in Thiruvananthapuram, located in different parts of the city, where buying of any local item from spices to souvenirs, is cheaper and also more exciting than shopping in the spacious malls of the city. It is, in fact, an unusual experience altogether to visit the local markets of Thiruvananthapuram, not only for shopping but also for exploring. The Chalai Market and Connemara Market in Thiruvananthapuram are the best places for buying locally produced and regionally manufactured items. The roadside shops in Connemara Market, known widely as the Palayam Market, sell fresh spices, vegetables and fruits and even attractive clothes at prices lower than the other areas of the city. Fish and goat meat are also available at the Connemara market at reduced prices.
The Chalai Market one of the best places in town for souvenir shopping at the shops here sell exquisite handmade objects such as wooden handcrafts and exclusive articles made from coir – a fibre that is made from coconut husk. Lamps made out of brass, attractive and polished decorative pieces, furniture and other objects made from cane, and items made out of copper are available exhaustively at the markets of Thiruvananthapuram.
Shopping Complexes in Thiruvananthapuram
The city of Thiruvananthapuram also thrives with a wide number of
shopping complexes and shopping malls that feature traditional as well
as fashionable items such as clothes, handicrafts, books, music CDs and
much more. Kedaram Shopping Complex, Saphalayam Shopping Complex,
Narmada Shopping Complex, Arcade Shopping Complex, Attukal Shopping
Complex, Karimpanal Arcade and Anna’s Arcade are the most popular
shopping venues in Thiruvananthapuram for all things contemporary and
Handicraft Shops in Thiruvananthapuram
SARWAA, Glen Lear, De Options and Style Plus are some of the finest shopping destinations in Kerala for lifestyle shopping where exclusive gift items are sold at reasonable rates. S.M.S.M. Institute, located at the rear side of the Secretariat Building, is a popular hub for traditional yet exclusive handcrafted objects. It is the ideal place to buy a gift or a souvenir.
Exclusive Stores in Thiruvananthapuram
Traditional attires in Thiruvananthapuram are available at Kalyan Silks, JayaLakshmi, Karalkada, Parthas and Pothys whereas stylish western and eastern clothes are sold at all the showrooms of leading garment retailers such as Biba, Benetton, Reebok and Levi Strauss Signature. Saravana Jewellers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Lekshmi Jewellery and Bhima Jewellery are some of the best options for jewellery shopping in Thiruvananthapuram. And for the tourists in Thiruvananthapuram not interested in carrying expensive jewelleries on their way back from this city can opt for a visit to the Alappat Fashion Jewellery or any of the other fashion jewellery showrooms in Thiruvananthapuram.
Miscellaneous Shopping in Thiruvananthapuram
Music CDs, video CDs and books are also exhaustively found across all the major bookstores and music stores of this top shopping hub in South India. Some of the widely popular stores in Thiruvananthapuram include Bookport, Modern Book Centre, Prabhat Book House, Prabhus Books, PAICO, Music World and Orbit Music Galaxy. Apart from these, mobile shops, electronic showrooms, furniture showrooms and various other categories of stores are located extensively across the entire city selling everything possible under the sky.