Shopping in Varkala
Varkala is not really about shopping, but if you still wish to pick up a few memorable souvenirs head to the cliff face. There you will come across an endless row of makeshift shanties selling pretty silver trinkets to local coconut shell handicraft. The beach resort is, however, known for the many places specializing in yoga and Ayurvedic therapies. Some beach areas are flecked with humble souvenir shops and eating joints. Stroll the beach bazaar in the evening when it gets livelier and looks quaint against the sunset sky. Merry tourists and casual locals take up the space before these colorful little souvenir kiosks, old bookstalls and handloom shops.
Shop for armloads of traditional Kerala handicraft and utilities made of coir. Most tourists love to take back coconut shell artifacts as souvenir. Pan some more and you will find rare horn-carved showpieces. The exquisite carving and the level of detailing on these horn artifacts leaves you impressed. Not to mention, you will also find typical beach jewelry made of shells and craft made of oysters.
You will also come across some very beautiful, one-off conch shell handicraft. Pretty trinkets and bric-a-brac come in a great assortment at this beach bazaar, and make a thoughtful souvenir for your friends back home. Round up your shopping expedition with a few pouches of exotic and aromatic spices, vanilla, tea and coffee, for which Kerala is known. If your bags are not full yet, try the Tibetan shops, buy a traditional attire or some pieces of local jewelry. Besides, there are shops selling semi-precious stone jewelry from Rajasthan and Kashmir. At all times, it is imperative to put up a good bargain as the prices quoted by the local shopkeepers to tourists especially foreigners are high. And it is important to remember that Varkala is not a place to look for brands!