Madikeri sits atop a hill in Southern India and is known for its manmade and natural wonders – but it has also long been a market town for locals and travelers alike. Home to products famous in India and around the world, Madikeri shopping is a top tourist activity.
Pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, cashews, and a variety of other spices are grown in Coorg, both domestically and in the wild. There are shops everywhere in the center of town selling them in packages of all sizes, and you can find bulk options in the outskirts. All of the spices are grown in the same places, so quality is consistent, and they’re all inexpensive.
Madikeri is one of the few places in the world where you’re justified in buying a machete as a souvenir. Coorg has a long martial history, and the items most unique to the region are knives. Most shops will have options for real knives and decorative ones, the latter cheaper than the real ones. The real knives are large and elaborately decorated, so you would probably have a hard time getting one out of India or into a western country.
Coorg is known for its coffee plantations and estates, and both Arabica and Robusto are available as raw or roasted beans or ground into powder. For aficionados, the lower elevation plantations are supposed to be better for growing coffee. Individual farmers who grow beans in less-desirable patches will sometimes sell it directly to shoppers at a cheaper price. The satisfaction of meeting the person who owns, grows, picks, and roasts what you’re buying makes up for the possibly marginally lower quality.
Top off your coffee with locally sourced honey – Coorg honey is sold all over India, and it’s very tasty.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Madikeri shopping.