The word Souvenir is from French which means ‘for a remembrance or memory’. A souvenir is an object a person acquires for the memories he can relate. A souvenir can be any object collected or purchased and taken home by the traveller. Souvenirs has a great significance in tourism industry. Tourism industry designates tourism souvenirs as memory connected to a particular location.
Souvenirs reminds you of the wonderful experiences you had in a particular place. When comes to enchantingly beautiful and exotic places, Souvenirs have immense value. In Kerala you can see variety of Souvenirs related to the history, culture, art and geographical aspects of this land. As Kerala is a unique land in every aspect, choosing a souvenir is really a tough decision.
In Kerala you will get confused on selecting a souvenir from a huge collection. There are so many things which reflects the culture, history, art and socio-religious aspects of this God’s Own Country. Kerala offers wide variety of attractive souvenirs. Some of the Souvenirs in Kerala are hand made items, paintings etc. Handmade products from coconut shells, wood, clay and cane are really precious.
Typical souvenir items in Kerala are Aranmula Kannadi - a metal mirror unique to Kerala, Kasavu Sari which is a traditional wear of Kerala women, Nettipattam - caparison for elephants, Nettoor Petti - traditional jewellery box, Nilavilakku - a brass lamp, Ramacham Visari which is a handmade fan, Mural paintings, Ravi varma paintings, Kathakali showpiece, Chundan Vallom showpiece, Coir products, Hay art, Fibre boats and Spices.
Also there are choices like Uruli - Wok, Para which is brass miniature of a traditional measuring vessel, Kettuvallam or rice barge, Pavithra Mothiram or specially crafted golden ring, sandalwood oil otherwise called as liquid gold, sandalwood figurine or the sculptures on sandalwood, pickles, elephant models, Bronze wares etc.
You can purchase these souvenirs in Culture Shoppe, an official agency of Kerala Govt Tourism, as well as other shops in Kerala.