Call it the charm of God's own country, that we often view the fragments of Kerala as one majestic place and aim to travel around all the cities and towns in our trip to this southern state. So, if you are planning to travel to the cities of Kerala, here's the time for you to also check what forms the major part of its culture through the popular markets of Kerala. So, let's start the tour!
1. M.G. Road, Thiruvananthapuram
The capital city of the state holds the alluring culture of Kerala and the M.G Road market in Thiruvananthapuram testifies to this well. Being a shopper's paradise, the market houses not just the high-end shops but also the local vendors offering accessories, clothing, footwear, and handicrafts that exemplify the best of the state's rich artistic heritage. So, when in Thiruvananthapuram, make sure to visit here!
2. Jew Town, Kochi
With a profound history of Kochi and Jew Town, the market here is nothing but a treasure for travellers! Popular for its antique shops, you can find here a range of artefacts, intricate jewellery, and much more. Navigating through the lanes of the Jew Town gives you a glimpse of the influence of Portuguese, Dutch, Jews and even British. However, what also captivates the senses here is the aroma of spices mixed with the air flowing in here!
3. Kovalam Beach Market, Thiruvananthapuram
The popular beach in Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam also offers a vibrant market that gives a peek into the coastal culture of Kerala. The market is always filled with traditional clothing, handicrafts, and souvenirs that represent the best of artistic craftsmanship! So, strolling down the beach areas must land you in this super-colourful market!
4. SM Street, Kozhikode
Also popular as Mithai Theruvu (Sweet Meat Street), this market is a gem in the beautiful city of Kozhikode. Walk through the lanes, and you will pass through the sweetest fragrances flowing in the air out of the traditional sweets and snacks. You can also find here a variety of spices. However, what also constitutes a big part of the market is the textiles and the colourful offerings!
5. Munnar Market, Munnar
When roaming around the coffee and tea estates of Munnar, must visit the Munnar market that defines the essence of Kerala through souvenirs, varieties of tea and aromatic spices. Amid the lush green hills, the exotic charm of the market takes tourists to this place and hence, you must make this a delightful spot in your itinerary!
6. Broadway Market, Kochi
Located in the heart of Kochi, the Broadway market has served as a commercial hub for centuries. This vibrant market offers a diverse range of products, from textiles to jewelry, showcasing the rich culture of Kochi. Many age-old houses and buildings still stand, adding to the market's charm. In addition to traditional items, you can also find electronic products and spices here. Explore the bright and lively stalls, and take home not only popular items but also a piece of the local culture!
7. Chalai Bazaar, Thiruvananthapuram
If you want to explore the local life of Kerala, especially, Thiruvananthapuram, a visit to the Chalai Bazaar is a must. You can find vendors selling fruits and vegetables aligned in the row. Not just the locals, the area is a hotspot for tourists alike browsing from fresh produce, spices, and textiles to handicrafts, electronics, and daily essentials!
8. Manarcadu Market, Kottayam
If you wish to experience the countryside or Kerala, make sure to include the Manarcadu market in Kottayam! The market represents the simplicity of this beautiful state with fresh produce, snacks made locally in the houses of Kerala, and even handicrafts. The locals are seen here buying fruits and vegetables, handwoven baskets, textiles and more. So, if you want to see the local farmers and artisans coming together under a roof to sell their efforts, this is the place to visit!