Mysore, the land of palaces, silks and sandalwood, has an array of delectable sights and sounds to offer if you know where to go. The Wodeyars were patrons of the arts and crafts. The heritage continues to this day. Fine craftsmen and artists produce masterful pieces that bring back a lost era to all those who experience the art. Let us explore shopping in Mysore!
Exquisite furniture, arts and craft shopping in Mysore
Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium is the best place to buy furniture that has masterful strokes of the royal heritage of Mysore. With inlay work that brings colorful pictures on tables and chairs to life, bringing home furniture is bringing a piece of Mysore with you.
Motifs reminiscent of Mysore Dasara and the Royal motif, the Garuda run through the merchandise available at Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium. The store has everything from small souvenirs like key chains and wooden toys to teak wood swing sets that cost lakhs of rupees.
The store located on Sayyaji Rao Road is ideal as the area is a bustling shopping district in itself. Further the store is affiliated with the government and shoppers are reassured that they are buying genuine articles. The credibility is a major reassurance especially when buying sandalwood and gems.
Sandalwood shopping at Mysore
Mysore has been synonymous with sandalwood products for a very long time now. The association is justified as the government sandalwood factory is located in Mysore. The factory is located 2 kilometers southeast of the Maharaja’s Palace close to Manandavadi Road. Guided tours take visitors around the facility explaining the manufacturing process for the products.
Interested buyers can look forward to getting their hands on authentic sandalwood oil, powder and incense sticks.
Mysore silk sarees have captured the attention of women from across the sub-continent. The luscious, velvety softness of the sarees is legendary and has to be experienced for the reverence to be understood.
The Mysore Silk Udyog is a famous brand that weaves the most mesmerizing silk sarees. Most stores also sell fabrics by length, ties, shirts, and Kurtis and salwars kameez materials. The Government silk weaving Factory also is famous and weaves genuine silk laced with silver threads (Zari). The factory has showrooms on Manandavadi Road and KR circle.
Shopping Agarbathies in Mysore
Incense sticks as they are commonly known are a staple in Mysore. Vasu Agarbathies that began from humble beginnings in 1984 today has become renowned as makers of quality Agarbathies. Of the many agarbathi fragrances available in Mysore, the sandalwood fragrance is the most sought after purchase. Apart from Agarbathies a lot of arts and crafts stores in and around the market sell perfumes and essential oils.
Why would anybody go all the way to Mysore just to buy vegetables? The Mysore eggplant is especially famous for being delicious and available only in Mysore. Take your taste buds on an exploratory journey and shop in the small stores in the Mysore market. The prices and the quality of the produce is bound to surprise you.
Paintings and stone carvings
Paintings and stone carvings especially of elephants are reminiscent of the Dasara theme. From small keepsakes to big purchases like furniture and grand silk sarees, Mysore is the art lover’s paradise on earth.