Shopping in KottayamKottayam ranks among one of the richer districts of Kerala. It has a well developed commercial economy with several small and medium scale manufacturing and distributing units. The major items of commerce are silk, handicrafts and cotton products. Kottayam is the biggest producer of natural rubber in India. The business activities in the district provide a wonderful shopping experience to the locals as well as the visitors.
The city of Kottayam has become an established business hub of the district. The main commercial activities of the city take place on the K.K. Road and Sastri Road. The latter is the widest road of Kottayam. It has several outlets selling items of national and international brands.
The markets in Kottayam have a large number of gift houses selling a variety of curios and memorabilia. The city has emerged as a good experience for shoppers in being suitable to every type of budget. It is not the modern items only that are traded but the city continues to have its traditional business activities also as it did in the past. Kottayam had been a centre of spice trade for long and it still holds a pride of place for spice trade in Kerala. The super markets vie with the traditional merchants for the business created by tourists and locals alike. It finally benefits the consumers in getting the best their money could buy. Kottayam is known today for textile goods, spices, handicrafts and various kinds of gift items. The place has some wonderful eating outlets to be visited after a day of hard shopping.
Shopping Markets in KottayamThe modern shoppers enjoy a satisfactory shopping experience at the high-end departmental stores like Big Bazaar at Thiruvalla, main road Kottayam; G-mart; Bobs Departmental Store; Kalpakka super market at market road, Changanacherry; Kalathil Charis Shopping Complex; Holy Family Shopping Complex and Ajit Shopping Complex. The W-mall with the Twin Theatre Complex is another shopper’s delight at Kottayam. The ‘Mall of Joy’ so dubbed by the promoters- JoyAlukkas- is a one stop place for wedding material purchases. These are some of the big outlets for the modern shoppers.
Handicrafts in KottayamKottayam is famous for its local craft work among tourists. Black pottery products are a speciality of Kottayam. Carved-wooden figurines, hand-blocked printed material with a tribal essence and dried flower products are some of the wonderful hand-crafted items to be purchased in Kottayam. The place is a major pilgrimage centre and a big favourite in the tourism circuit. A large number of shops and outlets for handicraft work, exquisite gifts and memorabilia have emerged at Kottayam to make it a prominent shopping district of Kerala. Some well-known shopping centres for handicrafts at Kottayam are listed below.
Square one talents
Antony & sons
Silk Products in KottayamKottayam is famous for its silk products. There are a number of local weavers in Kottayam who have made the place famous for the printed Kottayam Sarees. The big outlets sell the local Kottayam product and also that of other places in Kerala. A wide range of wedding wear, festive material and stylish daily wear are available at good prices. Embroidered and plain sarees, bridal lehnga and sarees, salwar kameez and dress material are available at reasonable prices at Kottayam. Some famous outlets for silk products are as follows.
Pulimoottil Silk House
Ph-1800 22 8990
Boat Jetty Road
Aishwarya Saree Emporium
T B Road
Ayyappa Silk House
COZY Life Style
Near rubber board