you have many private and co-operative stores that sell good silk.it is better to do you homework otherwise the rickshaws drivers and others who work for a commission would mislead you.
What to buy: silk sarees,fabrics,ties,scarves etc.
What to pay: average price of silk
since i landed at the temple a little later than it closed i had to while away my time and landed at this silk saree store.This is a weaver's co operative .We chatted a lot over a cup of good south indian coffee saw a lot of sarees and ultimately bought a few which they offered to pack and post to my home address. i payed the full amount and was keeping my fingers crossed.I got the packet on the third day. Apparently You need to pay only 25% and rest you can pay on delivery.
What to buy: cotton sarees,kancheepuram silks
What to pay: they usually give you a discount