Time Required : 2-3 hrs
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Shopping in Madikeri is an enticing experience in more ways than one. It is one of the top attractions of the city which is sure to take up most of your time. The area is famous for its aromatic coffee, spices, and honey. Another interesting souvenir to take back are the local varieties of the machete.
Madikeri has a variety of markets to shop for the local specialties. Kushal Nagar Market is a famous market area of Madikeri, and you can also buy authentic Tibetan artifacts from a nearby shopping center. Other things sold here include sandalwood oil, homemade wine, timber carvings, and silk saris.
Friday Market is the most famous shopping area which, as the name suggests, is open only on Fridays and hence, attracts a huge crowd. Pepper, nutmeg, cardamom and star anise, coffee products and local fresh fruits are sold in this market at nominal rates. It is the place to buy ethnic jewelry. The market is so famous in the region that locals, as well as tourists, wait for the whole week for this market to be set and since most of the items here are made by local tribals, they have a unique style.