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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular items to shop for in Tiruchirappalli?

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Famous for its cigars, brassware and jewellery, Tiruchirappalli is a shopper’s delight, especially if you appreciate the thrills of pedestrianised and sidewalk shopping. If you are an antique enthusiast, with an eye for traditional and antique things, then rooting through the city’s flea markets should be right up your alley. Tiruchirappalli has a few streets where antiques are traded in and sold. If you are lucky, you might just come across artifacts belonging to the different dynasties, including the Vijaynagar and British era, that reigned the land in their times.

However, be very careful as shady dealings are abound and you can be easily conned by what looks like a genuine artifact, but is really is a fake piece undergone various treatments to appear genuine. At times antique and art collectors of Tiruchirappalli hold sale or trade in parts of their own collections either in the flea or curio shops, so keep a lookout for them when you head over for your treasure hunting.

To complete the shopping experience explore the Chinna Kadai Street, that runs along the Uchchi Pillaiyar Rock temple. The street is packed with clothes and jewellery, punctuated with restaurants and snack bars. If south silk saris are on your shopping list then head over to Saradhaas, Laxmi Silks (further down the street beyond the Uchchi pillaiyar temple) and Chennai silks store. With a tradition of jewellery making, you will come across truly exquisite and incredible ornaments in the jewellery shops of Tiruchirappalli including ancient as well as traditional jewellery items, typically set with stones and rubies.

For some truly great finds, visit Mangal and Mangal and Gopaldas; they carry a good collection of traditional jewellery designs. Gandhi market is another must visit to satiate that shopaholic in you. Its a huge bazaar in the heart of the city and offers plenty of souvenirs such as wooden crafts to take home.

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