Things to buy in Kochi
- Banana chips – the essence of Kerala
If you are wondering what you can take home from Kochi, then the list starts with banana chips and ends with silk clothing. Little plastic bags containing hard yellow salted chips are irresistible buys. The banana chips are prepared in a way that makes them last a long time.
Shopping for clothes
This city is famous for exquisite silver and gold jewelry and its silk emporiums. You can’t leave Kochi without buying at least one traditional dress or silk saree. While most South Indian cities sell the same products, Kochi has a whole lot of this. While shopping is fun, it involves you tramping up and down several locations.
Since walking will not help you cover the distance faster or carry the shopping bags, it is ideal to rent a car in Kochi. Several self-drive cars and rental services such as Zoomcar are available in the city.
While LuLu Mall is massive, you can skirt through 215 retail, beverage, food and entertainment outlets, going on a shopping spree. Oberon Mall is another popular spot that plays home to 8 large anchor store. It stores 80 international brands spread over the entire building. Continue onto MG Road to find fashion’s finest in international and Indian styles. While on the mall circuit, don’t forget to pay a visit to Nucleus Mall. It is considered to be the country’s first LEED-certified green mall. It is the ideal spot for a suburban shopping experience. Grande Gold Souk is another mall with 150 stores.
Handloom and handmade
Anokhi, Manvi, Cinnamon, and Seemati are all boutiques sporting Indian outfits and handmade embroidered dresses. Drop into Kasavukada if you’re looking for handloom dresses and sarees, or ethnic wear for men.
Trinkets and souvenirs are a must buy in Kochi
While the malls are mostly on MG Road, Broadway consists of a maze of streets and alleys that house a different market. If you are looking for churies and trinkets, Mattancherry is the perfect place. Travel to Jew Town to check out the entire setup of art galleries and antique shops.Also, check out the exquisite spice market. Tourist-friendly shops can be located on Princess Street, where almost everything is found.
Soak in the historical charm of Kochi, and pick up bargains you are sure to treasure from the comfort of a self-drive car for an experience to remember.
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