There are many tourist places in Kerala and each of these boasts something special. The state is famous for cultured cities, quaint seaside villages, beaches, Ayurveda, tea plantations, wildlife, and delicious food—there is something here for everyone and hence, it is called ‘God’s Own Country.’ We all love to cherish memories from our trips together and while photographs are a great way to do that, souvenirs help to add the local flavor of the place to your memory scrapbook.
Souvenirs from the state are as diverse as Kerala tourism’s offerings. Therefore, here is a list of what to buy where so it is easier for you to decide.
1. Aromatic oils and essence
Since Kerala is a spa center, the state has many stores and resorts that sell aromatic oils and essences. You can buy these at most locations across the state and at the various ayurvedic centers.
You will be joining the ranks of greats from history who came to Kerala in search of these spicy treats. There are many spice plantations here and some of the famous items to buy include black peppers, ginger, nutmeg, and turmeric. You can buy these on a tour of plantations in Thekkady or Wayanad as well as Old Jew Street and Broadway in Kochi.
3. Tea and coffee
Owing to the number of tea and coffee plantations in Kerala, these two beverages make for great souvenirs that you would be savoring for long after you are back. Try Nilgiri Tea, Kerala Kapi and Monsooned Malabar Coffee depending on your taste. You can buy these when you check-in to a Munnar resort.
4. Coir products
These are made of coconut fibers and are unique to this region. Wall hangings, rugs, mats, and hammocks are some of the popular coir products and these are mostly made by local villagers. Alleppey is the best place to buy these.
5. Kathakali masks
If you love performing arts and crafts, combine both, and buy these unique masks that are representative of what the actual Kathakali dancers wear. Made out of wood, plaster of Paris, clay, or papier-mache, they display some of the dancers’ expressions. You can find them at Kairali store in Kochi.
Where to stay
All that shopping means you and the kids are going to be exhausted after a long day at the markets! For a comfortable and pleasant stay in Kerala during your family vacation, choose to stay at Club Mahindra’s resorts in Kerala. Along with spacious rooms fitted with modern amenities, these properties have in-house restaurants that dish up local delicacies. Apart from this, India’s favorite resort chain ensures that your family holiday is filled with happy moments with the plethora of indoor and outdoor activities organized at these properties.
Book your next holiday with family by logging on to Club Mahindra’s website or mobile app, and start collecting souvenirs, apart from creating wonderful memories.
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