While you explore the magnificent backwaters of Kumarakom don’t forget to head to the local markets to buy some local souvenirs. You will find traditional silk sarees in most parts of Kerala, however, if you are in Kumarakom get one for yourself from the local market. The local craftsmanship that goes into weaving the fine design on silk sarees reflects the unique charm of Kumarakom. If you don’t find good ones in the local market, then Thanima textiles near Guru Mandiram is your best option to get silk sarees.
Antique shops in Kumarakom are far from the conventional antique sellers. Most of the local sellers have ancient knives and swords that have intricate work on them. Head to the local market and grab a designer knife for your butter dish or to make your crockery fancier. Some other antiques that you can stock up on are camel-bone carvings, embroidered screw-pine mats and Kathakali masks. If hunting for all the antique stuff in the local market seems like a lot of work, then head to Old Curiosity shop to fill your antique shopping cart. Located in an old, baroque house, the shop itself is an embodiment of antiquity. Shopping in Kumarakom is as exciting as all the other activities here.