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Shopping,Fairs and Festivals in Thiruvananthapuram
Carved rosewood, teak furniture and decorative items, masks depicting various mythological characters worn by Kathakali performers, Theyyams and other classical dances are important products for buy. Coir handicrafts include table and floor mats, hand knitted in exquisite designs. Bell-metal vessels made by Moosaris is another traditional craft of the state .A speciality of Thiruvananthapuram is Aranmula a metal mirror made by mixing herbs with molten metal to give it a reflective surface. The main shopping area is on MG Road between East Fort and Palayam.Gram Sree the village crafts centre is one of the best places for traditional objects d'art.Cashew nuts and spices are also important produces of the region. Visit Triveni Departmental Store and shops in Chala Bazaar, Fort area for these products.
Fairs and Festivals:
The annual snake boat races are usually held during the second week of August. In the second week of September at Aranmula 128 km from Thiruvananthapuram, a procession of boats and races are held as part of the Parthasarthy Temple festival. Another important festival of snake boats' display is a procession at Champakkulam 16 km from Alappuzha.This festival is held in July in honour of Lord Krishna. Elephants form an important part of the temple.Pooram festival at Trichur generally in the third week of April is a magnificent display of caparisoned elephants when they form a procession at Vadakkunathan temple. Decorated elephants also form a procession at Thiruvananthapuram in November's Arat festival at Padmanabha temple.