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    This is S.M.S.M. Kerala Goverment Emporium

    by radz Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Kerala Emporium


    This is S.M.S.M. Kerala Goverment Emporium,
    (Had been to Kadaram shopping complex at Kasavasasapuram.
    Nothing much to shop there ,usualu things cloths etc u will get anywhere.)

    To buy handicrafts&souvenir then the best place is S.M.S.M.
    Woodwork,paintings,brass items,.
    One funny&and good thing is cocunet monkey doll,made by cocunet shell.
    Its cute ,must buy :)Only Rs100.
    Sandlewood elephent's,and god images are good too.First floor is full Painting for sale.

    Address:
    S.M.S.M Institute
    Central handicrafts Emporium,,Puthenchantal,
    Trivananthapuram-695001.
    email:hdck@md5.vsnl.net.in

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    Wholesale shops: Chalai Market

    by ajayzener Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Chalai market is right opposite the East Fort entrance. This is a wholesale market and you can shop for various items of brass, coir and other handicrafts here. It is better to opt for a fixed price shop here, else be ready to haggle. The market is crowded most of the times and it could be a pain to drive through the lanes, but you can park your vehicles outside and take a walk through the lanes.

    What to buy: Nilavilakku, wooden artifacts, coir artifacts, spices, cashew, flowers etc

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    S.M.S.M Institute: Gifts from Kerala

    by PierreZA Written Nov 9, 2008

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    SMSM Institute is situated behind the Secretariat Building. This is easy to find on MG Road. A great variety of cultural artefacts, handicrafts etc are to be found here.

    There is not much pressure to buy, which makes it quite a pleasant shopping experience.

    The prices are fixed and credit cards are accepted.

    What to buy: Local handicrafts etc

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    Connemara Market: Local Shopping

    by PierreZA Written Nov 9, 2008

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    This market sells mostly fresh produce, spices etc. Although not as big as markets in Mumbai or Delhi, it is worth the visit.
    I bought the sweetest bananas here, and believe me, there are thousands to choose from.
    It seems to be the place where locals buy there fresh produce.

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    karalkada: for traditional kerala handloom saris and dhoti

    by 6aruna Written Jun 21, 2007

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    this shop specialises in traditional malayali sari and mundu. Handloom sandalwood colour with a thin border can be gold thread or cotton.

    What to buy: sari, dhoti, and traditional two piece neriyathu set

    What to pay: depends whether you want gold thread or not. Not very expensive though.

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    balaramapuram kaithari: traditional clothes

    by 6aruna Written Aug 1, 2009

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    Again a shopping tip for traditional saris .Woven by Hand loom weavers society.Here you get inexpensive beautiful traditional cotton saris and dhotis.

    traditinal keralite clothes are sandal wood coloured cotton clothes with gold boarder.
    The weavers for making such clothes were brought to balaramapuram from Tamil Nadu by the Travancore kings and they were given land to settle .

    What to buy: sari.dhotis

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    Chalai

    by yumiyun Written Feb 24, 2003

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    Looking for what locals buy? Go to Chalai. They have sari, churidars, men's clothing, shoes, brassware, gold and silver jewelries. But be alert that Chalai could be hectically over crowded sometimes...

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    SMSM(Central Handicrafts Emporium): Handicraft

    by FruitLover Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    Thiruvananthapuram is famed for its intricately-carved wooden objects, bronze items, Kathakali masks, traditional fabrics and other handicrafts.

    What to buy: Some of the best buys are exquisite sculpture in rosewood and sandalwood, ivory figures which carries on a centuries old artistic tradition, traditional boxes and furniture, brass and "bell-metal" lamps.
    The other souvenirs are the objects made out of coconut, coir, cane, bamboo and straw. You will also find horn products, wooden toys and lacquerware, as well as significant and evocative masks used for the dramatic Kathakali dance dramas.

    The variety is quite wide. Everyone chooses up to his personal taste.
    I bought just a pens set made of sandalwood [Rs300], koz i reached the southern city with suitcases loaded with souvenirs.

    What to pay: Depends on your budjet.
    Prices are fixed.

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    SMSM Institute: SMSM Institute

    by yumiyun Written Feb 24, 2003

    Looking for a quality goods and don't mind paying a bit more - then you can visit SMSM Institute for some of Indian crafts. You can find bed sheets, textils, wood curvings, jewelry and so on.

    I think this place is bit over priced but here you won't be hustled.

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    Parthas: Elite shopping

    by yumiyun Written Apr 14, 2003

    For those of you who are reluctant get into the local shops, or looking for quality clothes, Parthas is the place to be. This large air conditioned clothing store carries a large selection of high quality men's and women's clothes. For women, it's all about sari, churdars and other Indian dresses.

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    SMSM Institute: Cultural artefacts

    by girikannat Updated Feb 17, 2006

    SMSM Institute is situated behind the old Secretariat building which could be accessed from the MG Road. One could find cultural artefacts, handicrafts, handloom furnishing materials etc from here.

    What to buy: Sandalwood idols, sandalwood oil, incense sticks, coir artefacts, silk clothing materials, local handicraft items

    What to pay: The prices are fixed.

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