Shopping in ErnakulamErnakulam is a treasure and a shopper’s delight if the interest of shopping lies with readymade garments, textiles, jewellery, antiques, handicrafts and the most authentic variety of spices. To be honest it is a place where one can find from anything to everything but catering to the shoppers budget. It is said that the district is a bargain hunters paradise but one needs to know where to bargain and on what to bargain. It is true that the markets of Ernakulam are quite cheaper but with accurate bargain one can bundle in more products available in the place.
Major Shopping Areas in ErnakulamTo start with Ernakulam has some of the finest shopping malls in the locality which is a true attraction and shopping and entertainment zone in every way possible. With multiple branded shops and various entertainment shows like fashion parade and musical programs organized these malls are hugely visited by both the locals and the travelers. Some of these malls are detailed below.
Lulu Shopping MallLocated in Edappally, Lulu Shopping Mall is one of the biggest malls in Asia with plenty of branded shops from popular countries as well as domestic brands offering their products along with number of entertaining activities like celebrity visits, musical shows, and fashion parades as well as kids activities making it a must visit place for all. Brands like Lulu fashion Store, Hypermarket, Celebrate, Lulu Connect, Walt Disney and various others combine to form one of the best shopping zones in the state. There are almost 320 significant brands having shops in the mall with almost half a century shops having their first outlet in Kerala.
Acer MallFamous for shopping this particular mall is based in Kadavanthara, Ernakulam. Computer Accessories are a best buy in this location.
Oberon MallThe second largest mall in Kerala after Lulu Shopping Mall is the Oberon Mall located on service road Edapally, Ernakulam. It is one of the best hangout places with multiple shops spread over an area of 4,26,000sqft. This is a 5-floor mall filled with all kinds of shopping delights and is considered one of the crowded places in the state.
Grande Gold SukhThis is a mall with a theme and the theme is wedding. This is the largest mall in South India with various entertaining and activity zones along with more than 150 wedding jewellery stores and branded apparels. It has a game zone as well as a luxurious food court to cater the visitor’s palate.
Bay Pride MallSituated in the Marine Drive area of Ernakulam district and facing the Arabian Sea, the Bay Pride Mall is one of the preferred shopping zones in the area. It has a wide collection of various branded shops like Bata, Levis, FILA, Metro, Price, Nike, Spyker, Players, Fab India, Adidas, Reynolds and various others.
However, apart from the major shopping malls in Ernakulam, there are specified shopping places having collection of branded products and excellent quality-based local products which is a must visit for all shopping lovers. Some of these places include M.G Road, Shanmugham Road, Kadavanthara, Broadway, Jew Town, Vytilla and others.
M G RoadOne of the most important commercial zone of Ernakulam district is the Mahatma Gandhi Road where one can find a huge collection of almost everything. From clothes to footwear, cosmetics to jewellery, handicraft to exquisite spices you name it and you can find it in this market. Kairali Emporium, the exclusive shop of Kerala State Handicraft Development Corporation is one of the best handicraft showrooms in M.G Road. There are large luxurious shops for Chennai Silks and Jayalakshmi Silks which is also a good buy for all. One of the well known ones is obviously Seematti which have best quality products for the customers. For jewellery the best shops include Allukas, Josco, Bhima etc and footware there are showrooms of Woodland and Bata along with others. Khadi products are best available in Khadi Bhavan in M G Road.
Bazaar RoadTravelling from Fort Cochin to Mattanchery one can find loads of tiny shops having retail or wholesale business on various commodities available in Kerala. Some of best spices are available here with excellent aroma and taste unique of the land. Make sure to take sealed pouches to keep it fresh. Green and Brown Cardamon, bay leaf, cloves and pepper are unique products of this place. Souvenirs are also best available in this market of Ernakulam.
BroadwayBroadway is another of a unique shopping area in Ernakulam district which is characterized by narrow roads and immense number of shops of all kinds of clothing footwear, electronic goods, leather items, accessories and many others. The market here meets with the ever popular Ernakulam Market where one can find all in wholesale prices.
Shanmugham RoadShanmugham Road or the ever popular Marine Drive is a commercial location with the GCDA complex as well as the Pioneer Towers where one can find huge collection of business units for perfumes, watches, bags, music stores, electronic goods and collectable dresses both international and domestic style.
KadavantharaThis is another location which is slowly growing into a developed commercial place with multiple numbers of shopping arcades and restaurants present in the area.
VytillaOne of the developing commercial centers of Ernakulam district, Vytilla has its own collection of shopping areas with many branded products having their outlet here. Hypermarkets, Jewellery Bazaar, Branded clothing, belts, bags, footware all are available here.
Jew TownBased near the Synagogue in Matancherry, this is a place famous for the exclusive spice shops and the curio shops.
What to Buy in ErnakulamWell this is an absolutely interesting topic as one can find a whole new world of collectables in this part of the country. Here there are multiple number of quality products like Southern silk material for clothing, exclusive cosmetic jewellery as well as jewellery made of silver and gold. One can buy spices which is a branded product here and antiques which are some of the best in every way. Handicrafts also are much popular collectables here.
Shopping is one of the most entertaining activities in Ernakulam district with a whole new world of exclusive items and colorful products that itself gives a pleasant feeling to every mind.