“God’s own country” – Kerala – is literally a shopper’s paradise. With it’s rich history of trading, dating to more than 3000 years ago, Kerala has one of the most evolved markets in India, actually anywhere in the world. Kochi , especially was a famous center of spice trade since the times of the Greeks and Romans (Ref: Wikipedia). Since you are reading this post we assume you are looking for the off-beat kind of stuff. Here are some things that you must shop, and also must NOT shop when you visit Kerala.
Must-Buy’s in Kochi
Kerala is known for spices, with spice trade in Kerala dating back as old as 3000 BC. And if you are on a short trip to Kerala, with only Kochi on your itinerary, then you have to pick up your share of spices here. Cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, peppers (the green, white and black varieties), nutmegs and vanilla beans are only some of the spices that you can buy. Each of these spices has its own medicinal properties and most are used for flavoring food and drinks. (more…)