If you want to shop in Kerala, Grand Kerala Shopping Festival in December January is the perfect time. Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is a rare opportunity for anyone to purchase the exquisite unique items special to Kerala including handicraft items like coir products and Aranmula metal mirror; garments including skillfully woven elegant Kerala sarees and Mundus; subtle gold and diamond jewelry and everything that has got the signature of God’s own country; that too at heavily discounted prices!
The shopping extravaganza – Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, is a Government of Kerala initiative and the entire merchant establishment in the state will be taking part in this festival started with an aim of making Kerala as the Shopping Centre of the world. Spas, restaurants and many more business enterprises in all the 14 districts of the state are part of the festival. An array of traditional as well as modern Kerala products, will be available in the shops which have registered for the Festival. The Festival venue is across the state, in all prominent cities, towns and pilgrim centers.
One thing that makes GKSF special that it is not just about shopping alone but is also about winning gifts – that too gold sovereigns!
What is Grand Kerala Shopping Festival?
Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is billed as a unique shopping fiesta that redefines the very essence and enjoyment of shopping. Participating shops throughout the state of Kerala will display signage, posters, or danglers to notify shoppers about the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival .
What is in in for Kerala and Kerala Tourism department ?
The aim is to promote and develop commerce, trade and industrial sector of Kerala using the brand value of Kerala Tourism. The objective of the festival is to make the state an International shopping destination and to promote tourism and traditional products of Kerala. Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is managed by the Kerala Tourism Department and aims to promote tourism among the visitors who will be thronging Kerala for New Year celebrations all over Kerala.
What is in it for a guest visiting Kerala?
This is an ideal way to do some great Shopping in Kochi and win some cool prizes. The shopping extravaganza promises discounted prices for exquisite handicraft items, garments, jewelry and more drew more than 650,000 international travelers in 2010. Contributing to the excitement of great prices during the season are the even better prizes. The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival is offering guaranteed prizes for each and every single purchase in the form of scratch and win coupons and gift vouchers. There will also be weekly drawings for further prizes along with the event mega prize of up to 101 kg of gold. Shoppers from outside Kerala will also shop tax free as GKSF is providing 100% VAT refunds.
What are the Dates of Grand Kerala Shopping Festival ?
The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival usually runs from December 15 to January 15.First time in the history of GKSF, there will be a 15-day trade fair titled ‘Global Village’ that will be a grant event organized as part of Season 6. Similar to the Dubai Shopping Festival, the ‘Global Village’ in Kochi will be one of the top priorities in GKSF this time. The Global Village is an impressive one lakh sq feet exhibition space that lets around one million consumers to get in to come across an extensive range of products, including global brands and more.
Are Tourism establishments participating in Grand Kerala Shopping Festival?
To add more charm, houseboats and homestays are all set to join the ever-growing list of merchant establishments registering for GKSF Season 6. The Kerala Tourism Department is hoping to rope in more tourism businesses and services such as hotels, restaurants, tour and travel operators, resorts, inns and lodges along with homestays and houseboats with an intention to promote the shopping festival globally, after successfully establishing it as the second biggest shopping season in the state after Onam. Owners of houseboats and homestays, which have become hugely popular with tourists, are beginning to see GKSF as a great promotional opportunity.