What to Buy from Tamil Nadu - Shopping Guide

Shopping is a delightful activity in Tamil Nadu. Each city is specialized in certain item that can be bought as a souvenir.

Shopping in Chennai

There are a lot of malls and street shops in Chennai. Top malls to visit are Phoenix mall, Sky Walk, Abirami Mega Mall, Express Avenue, Citi Center and Vijaya Forum Mall. If you are looking for street shopping, top places to visit are Panagal Park, T-nagar and Paris. Top items to buy in Chennai are

  • Pondy Bazaar is famous for jewellery, cotton garments, toys, leather items and clothing
  • Mount Road is famous for jewellery and delicacies
  • Panagal park is famous for jewellery and traditional silk sarees
  • T-nagar is famous for garments, toys, electronic products and accessories
  • Mylapore is famous for classical dance and music items including instruments

If you want traditional silk sarees, visit Kancheepuram district which is a little away from Chennai.

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Shopping in Coimbatore

There are a lot of malls and commercial hubs for some luxury shopping experience. You can also find street shops a lot. Top items to buy in Coimbatore are

  • Cross Cut road is famous for Kanchivaram silks, khadi fabric and jewels.
  • DB road is famous for branded items like Levis Reebok, Crocodile, Pima and others. You can find all international brands of retail outlets here.
  • RS Puram is famous for edible items. You can find all kinds of cheese here. A lot of exotic food products can be found here.

Other top shopping spots in Coimbatore are Oppanakkara Street, Avinashi road, Sukravar pettai and others.

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Shopping in Madurai

There are a lot of street shops and small shops focusing on selling traditional items. You can find a lot of art works and handlooms here. Top shopping areas in Madurai are Thevangu Chetty Choultry, Puthumandapam, Avanimoola and Chithirai. Top items to buy in Madurai are

  • Silk sarees from various parts of Tamil Nadu
  • Cotton fabric and Batik
  • Handlooms
  • Handicrafts including bell metal lamps
  • Religious idols including wood or stone carvings and bronze idols
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Shopping in Trichy

There are a lot of luxury malls in Trichy. You can also find a lot of small scale shops here. You can find unique souvenirs here. But, the speciality of this city are bamboo mats, baskets and furniture. You can also find woodcrafts and weaving products here. These traditional handicrafts have long lifetime. Top places to shop in Trichy are Big Bazaar road and the Chinnar Bazaar road.


Shopping in Tirupur

Tirupur is famous for mills. You can find high quality cotton products here. The cotton garments are exported for various countries from Tirupur. There are many mill shops and street shops too. Top luxury shopping destinations include Fun republic mall, Velan Esplanade Mall and others.


Shopping in Salem

If you are visiting Salem, you ought to try the mangoes here. There are many malls in Five Roads. You can find hardware, furniture and wholesale items here. You can also find traditional silk garments here.


Shopping in Kodaikanal

You can find a lot of different types of homemade chocolates here. Top items to buy are medicinal herbs, eucalyptus oil, essential oil, sweaters, woollen garments, cheese, embroidery garments, dried fruits and shawls. You can find a lot of aromatic items here.


Shopping in Tirunelveli

Top items to buy in Tirunelveli include musical instruments, textiles, ceramic pottery and ornaments made of clay or wood or shells. You ought to try the delicacy eruttukadai Halwa. Buy only from genuine shops.


Shopping in Tuticorin

Top items to buy in Tuticorin are

  • Silk sarees from various parts of Tamil Nadu
  • Cotton fabric and Batik
  • Handlooms
  • Handicrafts including bell metal lamps
  • Religious idols including wood or stone carvings and bronze idols

Top shopping spots in Tuticorin are PKR plaza, Essai plaza, Velu shopping centre and Mangal mall.


Shopping in Thanjavur

Thanjavur is famous for cultural items. You can find many interesting culture based souvenirs here. Top items to buy in Thanjavur are

  • Silk garments
  • Thanjavur painting or Thanjur painting – very popular souvenir and valuable too
  • Dancing dolls made of clay called as thalai aati bommai
  • Craft items made of brass and wood

You can also find musical items, handloom weaves and Tamil literature books here. There are many shopping arenas here. Remember that haggling is very important.

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Shopping in Ooty

Spices and tea are very famous. You can also find many types of medicinal oil, essential oil and aromatic items here. Handlooms by local people and wool based garment are very famous here. You can find high quality homemade chocolates here.


Shopping in Rameswaram

Top items to buy in Rameswaram are

  • Sea shell based jewels, accessories and others
  • Pearl items
  • Rudhraksha items and crystal handicrafts
  • Bangles
  • Ornaments made of holy basil, sandal and crystals
  • Accessories made of coconut fibre

Top places to shop are shops near temples, Third corridor shops, shops near Agni theertham beach, Dhanuskodi and North Car streets.


Shopping in Kanyakumari

There are a lot of shops near the beach and many emporiums for handicrafts and other items. Top items to buy in Kanyakumari are

  • Shells etched with your name
  • Decorative items made of wood, cane or bamboo
  • Garments
  • Multi-coloured sea sand based decorative items
  • Jewellery made of sea shells
  • Handicrafts

Remember that haggling is very essential and also try to choose genuine shops to buy the products.

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