Shopping Complex in Thiruvananthapuram
The major centers for shopping in Thiruvananthapuram are Power House Road, Attukal Shopping complex, Chalai, M.G. Road, Kedaram (Kesavadasapuram), Narmada Shopping complex (Kaudiar) and Saphalya (Palayam).
Most of the items related to handicrafts are situated on M.G.Road. Kerala’s traditional handicrafts like lacquer ware, bamboo and cane crafts and furniture, copperware and wood carvings are in great demand.
After touring this place, the tourist feels eager to carry back some items. Thiruvananthapuram is a crucial shopping center for not only traditional items but also some modern goods.
This city has a rich tradition pertaining to crafts and arts and due to this atmosphere, Thiruvananthapuram is an excellent place for shopping. Metal work is a part of Kerala from the ancient times and hence there are many ace craftsmen who manufacture splendid items from bell metal whereas another specialty of the state of Kerala is the coir products.
Rugs, floor matting, doormats and floor coverings are made from coconut fibers or coir are in a huge range of designs and colors. Shopping of such products as well as of coconut shell crafts are a favorite aspect in the itinerary of tourists.
In case of handicrafts, the following places are more well known: SMSM institute in Puthenchanthai, Kairali at Statue Junction, M.G.Road and Park View near Museum, Natesan’s Antiques at M.G.Road. In case of handlooms, the following are advisable – Khadi Emporium and Co-optex at M.G.Road, Karalkada at Karalkada Junction and Hantex at Oottukuzhi.