The Chalai Bazaar (Market) constitutes a series of wholesale goods shops nestled along the 2-kilometer (1.24-mile) road stretching from the East Fort to Killipalam. Located at a stone's throw from the KSRTC East Fort bus station, this place is a major selling point for a variety of goods ranging from food items, toys and books to cars, garments and silverware. If you thought fresh fishes which are you would get only in the coastal part of the district, then a visit to the Chalai Bazaar's fish market will surely take you by surprise with the variety of sea-fish available on bargain. Once a main trading center in the Kingdom of Travancore, this market is considered to be one of the safest and friendliest places to shop and is open for major part of the day.
If you are looking to purchase some authentic and delicious, locally grown tea leaves and coffee beans, look no further than Sankar's Tea & Coffee. Situated in PKP Manor near Pulimoodu Junction, patrons can locate the store by following the wafting aromas of fresh tea and coffee. This is the place where you can purchase some of the best Niligiri tea, as well as a variety of coffee beans and dry nuts. While this store may be small, you are certain to find what you are looking for here.
Built in the memory of Sree Moolam Thirunal, Maharaja of Travancore, SMSM Institute is a government-run handicraft store armed with the aim to maintain and encourage local, traditional art forms like wood carving, bell metal craft and screwpine mat weaving. Buy eco-friendly products like handbags and wall hangings that reflect Kerala’s culture. Made from locally sourced products like coir, coconut shell and wood, the products are quite stunning to behold. The intricacy and detailing that goes in making each product will leave you admiring the traditional arts of Kerala. Though the handicrafts seems to priced on the steeper side, the quality, beauty, durability and the time that goes in creating each product is well worth the listed price. However, don’t just shop at this wonderful store for yourself, buy some great, souvenirs for friends and family back home and showcase them the wonders of God’s Own Country.
Spread across six floors, Pothys is famous for their textiles which includes fabulous silk sarees and designer sarees. This huge outlet opened its doors in 2011 and is much more than textile store. The basement is their supermarket where you will find all kinds of exotic fruits, veggies, spices and food items, their remaining five levels are dedicated to fashion, gifts and crockery. You will find designer and fancy sarees in the ground floor, while the first floor is solely for all kinds of silk sarees that you can lay your eyes on. The second and fourth floors are for men where you will find traditional and western wear. You can shop for your kids on the third level for clothing and toys. The last level is full of gadgets, accessories, jewelry, footwear, gifts and crockery. If there is a traditional ceremony or occasion in your family, then Pothys is among the finest options in town.
Natesan’s Antiqarts is a prominent art gallery in Kovalam which showcases a variety of hand made showpieces. Designed and perfected by a set of skilled craftsmen, Natesan’s Antiqarts has galleries and shops spread all over India. Besides the fine paintings, this gallery is known for housing a wide range of beautiful sculptures and statues. If you are an art connoisseur, Natesan’s Antiqarts is a pure heaven where you can buy the charming artifacts and enrich your collection. Located very close to Kovalam Beaches, this place is definitely worth a visit for all art aficionados.
One of the best places for ethnic wear is tucked away inside a hotel. Silkyway is a lovely boutique that features exquisite hand-loom designs from all over the country. The selection includes a rich collection of Kanjeevaram, Tussar, Kota, Chiffons, Silks and Cottons. Each piece is elegant with intricate works that not only highlight the skill of the artisan but also its ethnicity value which makes it one of a kind. Besides sarees, dress materials and apparels, they also have a fabulous array of accessories to match your outfit. If its just a dress material, you can choose the stitching pattern from their list of designs and ask them to tailor-make it for you.
In operation since 2010, Orbit the Music Galaxy fast became a haven for music lovers. A dealer in all kinds of audio, spanning across numerous genres including indie tracks, rock, pop, etc. The songs and audio tracks on various subjects are also available in diverse languaes including the local Malayalam language as well as English. The store also houses a great selection of video games and DVDs. From classic favorites to new releases, here you can find it all. Whether you are looking for audio, movies, documentaries and other videos, video games, etc, stop by at Orbit - The Music Galaxy and browse their amazing collection.
A subsidiary of Future Group Limited, Big Bazaar is a hypermarket selling a wide range of products, including household accessories, clothing for all ages, food items and groceries. This branch is located on the Mahatma Gandhi road in the busiest part of the city, and is popular among the people of the city. Considered to be among the first hypermarket to be established in the city, this market boasts selling quality products at prices with major discounts rivaling most of the branded showrooms across the city. The hypermarket also offers free delivery service and has a toll free number +1 800 200 9495 for customers to shop for their goods.
Located in the Jama Plaza at Over Bridge, Khadim's is a boutique store that offers up a wide variety of shoes for men and women. No matter what the occasion is, you are certain to find the appropriate footwear here. Choose from the selection of local and national designers, with sneakers, slippers, heels, formal shoes, sandals and lots more on sale. While the decor and setup of this shoe shop is simple, the main focus here is on providing customers with well-designed, quality products at reasonable rates.
Spread over six storeys, Jayalakshmi Silks in Thiruvananthapuram is a part of a chain of retail outlets dealing in an impressive range of traditional and ethnic wear for women. If you have watched Indian women preen in their traditional garb and always wanted to own one, this is the store for you. Bursting with color in all directions and staff members that great you with a friendly smile, the ambience inside the shop ensures you are in safe hands. The large range of high quality sarees, lehengas, churidars and suits are available in a myriad of stunning hues and textures which the shop attendants will unfurl lavishly before you as you struggle to make a choice. If you are looking for Indian wear, make your way to Jayalakshmi Silk and take your pick; choose from the variety of colors, fabrics and embellishment works available. The store also has a great collection of sarees priced below INR 1000 as well as handloom dhotis, a traditional garment for men.