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18 Famous Things to Buy in Kerala – Don’t Miss These Souvenirs while Shopping in Kerala

Published By: Jignesh Gohel on March 12, 2024

Are you traveling in Kerala or Planning for a trip? Check out this article to make a perfect shopping list about some best things you should buy in Kerala.

Kerala” is the perfect destination for all types of tours, be it a honeymoon trip or pilgrimage, Kerala has all kinds of destinations. Yes, it can entertain you with its dance forms and martial arts, satisfy your taste buds with delicious Kerala food and tempting species, rejoice you with the variety of festivals celebrated in Kerala, provoke you for shopping with handicrafts, jewelry, dresses, and sarees sold here, heal you with the ever demanding Yoga, Meditation and Spa and lot more on the list. Kerala is a very popular destination among tourists across the world as the best place for honeymoons, houseboats & backwaters, summer trips, etc.

Each place in Kerala has something different to offer, be it things to buy and mouthwatering food. In this article, we have listed such 18 best things you can buy from Kerala during your Kerala visit. We have handpicked this shopping list by personally visiting those places, and asking tourists and locals.

Best Things to Buy in Kerala

1. Aranmula Kannadi (Mirror):

Aranmula Kannadi
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Enigmatic in its formation and matchless in its beauty, it is an exceptional object. Elite to Aranmula, this mirror is crafted of metal, not glass! It is famed for fetching wealth, luck, and fortune into life. This is a must product in your Kerala shopping list but you also need to care about the size and transportation.

2. Aromatic Oils and Essence:

Aromatic Oils and Essence

The best and purest forms of oils and essences are found in Kerala. These are not to be used as cosmetics. Many of them are beneficial in treating ailment from Asthma, enduring skin infections, joint and back pain, headache, etc. Make sure you choose the right shop to buy Aromatic oils and essences as the quality and purity of the product may differ from place to place. Just discuss your requirements with the keeper and see the different options before you make the purchase decision.

3. Banana Chips:

Kerala Famous Banana Chips

These golden crunchy wafers of unripe Banana are fried in coconut oil. They are obtainable in two varieties; one is made from raw bananas and the other is made out of seasoned plantain. During my last trip to Kerala, I bought 2 packages of Banana chips from Trivandrum near Padmanabhaswamy temple. The taste and quality was awesome.

4. Coconut and Coir Products:

Kerala Coconut and Coir Products
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About 50% of the accessible coir shell is used to create coir products. Customarily, it has been used to create rope, string, besoms and brushes, rugs, carpets, pail lasses, and other padding. The given photograph is taken from Coir Kerala Fair official page which was held in Alappuzha (Alleppey) last year. If you are around, definitely visit the Coir Kerala Fair where you can see all the amazing Coir products to buy in Kerala.

5. Handicrafts:

Kerala Famous Handicrafts

Kerala has a custom of creating attractive handicrafts with ivory, cane, palm leaves, seashells, wood, coconut shells, mud, textiles, metals, stones, and so on. Each of these Kerala handicrafts vitrines era old ethnicity.

6. Jewelry:

Kerala Unique Jewelry

The famous customary adornments are Payyannur Pavithra Mothiram(ring), gold trinkets like Manonmani, Ilakkathali, Poothali, Palaykkamala, Mangamala, Dalamini, Chuttiyum Chelum and Earrings such as Jimikki, Kannuneerthulli, Thoda etc; Armlets like Kappu, stones, pearl and enamel painted bracelets etc are must buy.

7. Kasavu Mundu, Sarees, and Dress:

Kasavumandu and Kerala Sarees
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Kasavukada is a magnificent tradition followed here. Buy the Sarees with multi-colored strips with a touch of golden shade and Dhotis for men. The traditional dress is just unavoidable. Purchasing them from here would be a wise decision.

8. Kathakali Masks:

Kathakali Mask

The colorful Kathakali Masks available here can be used as a decorative piece for your homes. They are available in a variety of sizes with amazing expressions. Buy them from here as they are unavailable anywhere else.

9. Kerala T-shirts:

Kerala Name printed T-shirt
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Mostly bought by Honeymooners from here. These Kerala T-shirts are found having quotes printed as “God’s Own Country”, “I lost my ♥ in Kerala” and many more. Mostly in white so that can be paired with any shade of bottoms.

10. Nettur Casket (Old Makeup Box):

Nettur Casket
Image Source: Kerala Tourism

Traditional coffer is a marvelous mishmash of wood-carving, brass work and, occasionally, canvas skills that verve into it. The box is made with rosewood and embroidered with complex brass features evocative of the temple style.

11. Nilavilakku:

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It is a traditional lamp used generally in Kerala made of bronze or brass. Lighting it on every event is supposed to be fortunate. Special care has to be taken while cleaning this lamp. These lamps are heavy.

12. Snake boat/Houseboat Models:

kerala famous houseboat model

Chundan Vallam, the traditional war boat of Kerala, grosses us to a dash through the mysterious backwaters of Kerala. The miniscule model of the Chundan vallam would sure to embellish your living room with its alluring charisma. Every year in Kerala boat race happens and it has so much importance in Kerala culture so never miss to buy small boat model. Kerala is also very famous for it’s houseboats roaming in beautiful backwaters. Tourists can also buy houseboat models from Kerala.

13. Spices:

Famous Kerala Spices

Kerala spices are the world’s most famous and there is a huge market in almost all the popular tourist places in Kerala. From pepper, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, star anise, ginger to turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla, and a lot more Kerala has always been renowned for rich and outlandish spices. This was also the main reason why ancient dealers trailed the ‘spice routes’.

14. Tea & Coffee:

tea plantation in kerala

Enticing entreaty of the fragrant and energizing tea and coffee estates of Kerala draw travellers from everywhere. Kerala tea and coffee tastes best in the world. Carry the real taste in highly secured and sealed packs. Tea museum in Munnar is one of the best place to buy tea & coffee in Kerala. You can also get a chance to see how tea is processed from green leaf.

15. Temple Paintings:

Kerala Temple Painting
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The temple paintings of Kerala are painting of dexterity and ingenious brilliance. They abide an imprint of exceptionality in skills used and aesthetics. They can be one among the best decorative wall paintings.

16. Uru Models:

Uru Model
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The uru are the customary Arabian trading receptacles. Take home this Uru model from Rs.1000/- to Rs.3000/- for a 10-inch piece based on its design. You can also customize them as per your wish to fit in your budget.

17. Wooden Idols:

Elephant wooden sculpture

From wooden elephants to showpieces and a lot more Kerala wooden art is here to take home with. Depending upon size and shape, the idols could be purchased. There are special wooden craft markets in different cities of Kerala, you can ask your driver to plan a visit.

18. Cashews:


Kerala is a major producer of Cashews, Kerala Cashews are famous for their rich, buttery flavor and creamy texture. The Kollam district of Kerala is known as the “cashew capital of the world”. In here local markets, various types of cashews options are available, including perfectly roasted and salted ones. You can also try a variety of flavored options, like curry leaves or chilies, for those who like a bit of spice like me. Cashews are a great option for a delicious and nutritious souvenir to bring back from your trip to Kerala.

In the end,

The list can be even bigger as Kerala is home to art, craft, culture, and spices, you can create your shopping list depending upon your choices. Hence, getting any of these things from your Kerala trip would be a token of love and remembrance forever.


1. What is the Speciality of Kerala?

The specialty of Kerala lies in its rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, backwaters, serene beaches, Ayurvedic treatments, traditional cuisine, and vibrant festivals, making it a unique and enchanting destination.

2. What is famous in Kerala to eat?

Kerala is famous for its diverse culinary delights. Some must-try dishes include appam with stew, karimeen pollichathu (fish), puttu with kadala curry, and traditional Kerala seafood dishes like fish curry.

3. What is a famous sweet in Kerala?

The most famous sweet in Kerala is “Unniyappam.” It’s a traditional Kerala snack made from rice flour, jaggery, bananas, and coconut, often enjoyed during festivals and special occasions.

4. Is Kerala is worth to visit?

Yes, Kerala is worth visiting for its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, diverse cuisine, and tranquil backwaters. It offers unique experiences that captivate travelers from around the world.

7 thoughts on “18 Famous Things to Buy in Kerala – Don’t Miss These Souvenirs while Shopping in Kerala

  1. Vijayshree B

    December 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Useful thanks for posting

    1. TheIndia

      December 26, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Thank you Vijayshree for your feedback. Which one from this shopping list do you bought from Kerala? Do share more information about your experience too.

  2. Bagalakota.poornima

    November 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Good and usual important information for the first time travellers thanks for the information

    1. TheIndia

      December 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Happy to know you liked the information we shared about things to buy in Kerala. Would you like to share your experience from the trip?

  3. G.s.kumar

    April 19, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Interesting! Very nice!!

  4. Ana

    December 15, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Thanks a bunch for posting this. This just gave me a bigger list of things I’d like to take back.

  5. Dibyasha sarangi

    April 29, 2018 at 8:59 am



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