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  • 1. Anokhi

    This outlet of the popular and sophisticated Rajasthani handicrafts and clothing shop carries beautifully tailored women's clothing and linens for the home.

    Ground fl., Bernard Bungalow, near Lilly St., Fort Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India
  • 2. Cinnamon

    This branch of the chic Bangalore boutique stocks stylish ethnic and modern housewares, silk scarves and purses, jewelry, and Indo-Western designer clothing.

    1/658 Ridsdale Rd., Fort Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India
  • 3. Crafter's


    Local hotels often get their antiques here. The store is crammed with stone and wood carvings, pillars, and doors as well as such portable items as painted tiles, navigational equipment, and wooden boxes. Crafter's also has a café upstairs.

    6/141 Jew Town Rd., Kochi, Kerala, 682002, India
  • 4. Fabindia

    Stop here for a range of colorful hand-printed cotton garments—skirts, pants, tops, kurtis, kurtas, men's shirts, and saris. The white tops are lovely.

    1/281 Napier Rd., Fort Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India
  • 5. Fabindia

    This popular chain is a great spot to pick up any kind of quality Indian cottons, both as clothing and for your home.

    9/9/119 S. S. Kovil Rd., Trivandrum, Kerala, 695003, India
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  • 6. Fort Royal

    This is an expensive all-in-one shop with goods from all over India. You can find brocade work, marble inlay boxes, and Kashmiri carpets, plus local handicrafts and precious and semiprecious jewelry.

    Dutch Cemetery St., Fort Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India
  • 7. Idiom Books


    Whether you're looking for a little information on Kerala or a little something to while away the hours, stop by Idiom Books, a small bookshop opposite the synagogue (there's also a branch in Fort Kochi, on Bastion Street). You can find an intriguing collection of recent Western and Indian fiction, as well as books on history, culture, cooking, and religion.

    Jew Town Rd., Kochi, Kerala, 682002, India
  • 8. Indian Arts and Curios


    This is one of Kerala's oldest and most reliable curio shops.

    6/189 Jew Town Rd., Kochi, Kerala, 682002, India
  • 9. Indian Industries Arts and Crafts

    John Korula and his family have been running this shop since 1945. This shop's name is far more pedestrian than its contents—it's a virtual Aladdin's cave of curios and antiques—masks, statues, sculpture, Christian artifacts, and much more. And no one will follow you around the shop insisting you buy this or that, as does happen elsewhere. Note that it closes for a lunch break from about 1:30 to 3 pm.

    1/364 A, Princess St., Fort Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India
  • 10. Jayalakshmi

    A mind-blowing selection of saris (including the Keralan style), lehangas (long skirts with fitted blouses), and the like are on offer here, as well as Indian and Western clothes for men and children.

    M.G. Rd., Ernakulam, Kerala, 682035, India
  • 11. Joyalukkas

    The Trivandrum shop of global brand Joyalukkas is the best and largest store in town for gold and jewelry set with precious stones, including traditional Kerala-style ornaments.

    East Fort Attakulangara Junction, Trivandrum, Kerala, 695036, India
  • 12. Kairali

    A fixed-price government shop, Kairali has a good selection of local handicrafts and curios.

    M.G. Rd., Ernakulam, Kerala, 682035, India

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 13. Kalyan Silks

    One of Kerala's largest stores for saris, Kalyan's also has cotton and gorgeous silk by the meter, and men's and women's traditional clothing.

    M.G. Rd., Trivandrum, Kerala, 695033, India
  • 14. Malabar Sarees

    Try this small shop for silks by the meter. You can also buy a gorgeous Kerala sari or veshti (the men's wraparound skirt) and have a nearby tailor make it into a top or dress for you in a day or less, especially in you have a good sample for him to follow.

    1/323 Church La., off Rose Rd., Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
  • 15. Natesan's

    This store is a respected and age-old art and antiques dealer.

    M.G. Rd., Trivandrum, Kerala, 695001, India
  • 16. SMSM

    For Kerala handicrafts and souvenirs, check out this government emporium.

    Statue Junction, Trivandrum, Kerala, 695001, India
  • 17. Surabhi

    Run by the state's Handicrafts Cooperative Society, Surabhi has an impressive selection of local products.

    M.G. Rd., Ernakulam, Kerala, 682035, India
  • 18. The Craft Shop


    Crafts from all over India are available here.

    G. A. K Rd., off M. G. Rd., Trivandrum, Kerala, 695001, India
  • 19. Tribes India

    Indian tribal artisan work is sold through this cooperative store, which benefits the crafters directly. There's an unusual selection of crafts, including clothing and knickknacks.

    C/O Head P.O., Ridsdale Rd., Fort Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India

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