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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places to shop in Mysore?

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Shopping in Mysore is truly a wholesome experience. For centuries, the city of ancient Mysore has been known for silk and sandalwood and this tradition continues to this day. There are various shops, showrooms and markets offering a wide range of locally made items which vary in prices to suit every pocket. The popular markets in Mysore are Lansdowne building, Gandhi Square, shops around KR Circle, markets on Dhanvanthri Road, Sayyaji Rao Road and Ashoka Road. Take a look at a few of the popular places to shop in the city.


  • Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium
    Owned by Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation (KSHDC), this government run shop assures quality at reasonable prices. KSHDC ensure to protect and preserve the handicraft industry of Karnataka and the craftsman. Do pay a visit here when you come to the city as this is one place that offers quality checked items including incense, figurines, statues, letter openers, soap suds, perfumes, garlands,and other gift items with sandalwood items being a speciality here.

    Address: Sayyaji Rao Road
    Mysore
    Karnataka
    India
    Telephone: +91-821-2521258

  • Government Sandalwood Oil Factory
    What better place to buy the famous Sandalwood in Mysore than the Government Sandalwood Oil Factory, don’t you think? Well it is, as you not only get to grab the items made of sandalwood but also get a guided tour of the factory to experience how the various products are made. Shop for authentic Sandal Powder, Sandal Oil and scented incense sticks here.

    Open from 9:30 am to 11 pm and from 2pm to 4pm from Monday to Saturday, the pure sandalwood oil costs around INR 650 per 5 ml.

    Address: Ashokapuram
    Mananthody Road
    Mysore
    Karnataka
    India
    Telephone: +91-821-2483531

  • Government Silk Factory
    This is definitely the best place to shop for silk at cheapest prices as the the exclusive fabric is made at this very place. The place has a high demand for silk due to its facility of choice of materials coming straight from the loom. Every sari of this place is unique in its design and the products are legendary and praised for its true quality, fine gold or zari motif and color. Founded by the royal family of Mysore, the showrooms opened by this factory are usually crowded with locals as well as the tourists. So, come here and get a chance to see the master weavers at work while you shop for shimmering silks straight off the looms.

    The showroom on KR Circle is open from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on all days except Sundays.

    Address: Mananthody Road
    Ashokapuram
    Mysore
    Karnataka
    India

  • Devaraja Market
    This place is for those who want to indulge in the local flavours of the city. This market is dated from Tipu Sultan’s reign and is probably the oldest market of the city. A great place to explore a traditional Indian market place which is colourful, noisy, vibrant and a little chaotic. The best way to walk through the full length of the market is to enter from one of the two main entrances at ends. You will find yourself confused as this market has so much to offer in terms of incense shops, various shops selling traditional household tools, local flowers, vegetables, fruits, Kumkum, betel vine, banana leaves, seeds and even some souvenir stalls. Since there is no cold storage here, thus, everything is fresh and raw, straight from the farm to the market. Do remember to bargain for a great deal and a satisfactory shopping experience.

    Address: Sayyaji Rao Road
    Mysore
    Karnataka
    India

So, what are you waiting for? Come and shop here while you enjoy your stay in this beautiful city.

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