Chennai has several emporia
along the famous Mount Road (popularly referred to as Anna
runs North to South at a length of about 8 kms which offers a range of
products, Hotels, Restaurants and a feast of glittering showrooms.
Previously known as Mardas,
it is the capital of Tamil Nadu which lies on the South Eastern tip of
India. Towards the East is the Port which opens out to the Bay of Bengal.
The old city lies adjacent to the port and within a Km. From the Railway
Station. The residents of the old city are mostly Marwaris originally from
the State of Rajasthan and Gujaratis who are known to has trade in their
blood. This part of the city therefore is also known as Sowcar Pet.
About 7 kms to the North
West lies the Anna Nagar where
the up markets brands are available and no bargaining is necessary since all
goods are sold as per the price lists of the manufacturers.
3 kms from the Station
towards the west lies Egmore, an upcoming upmarket shopping area mostly
housing Shopping Plazas and Department Stores.
Further down south the
Cathedral Road intersects Anna Salai at Gemini Circle, better known for the
residents who are none other than Film stars or political big wigs. The
elite, who demand nothing less than the best.
T. Nagar (Tyagaraja Nagar)
as is it known is towards the South of Anna Salai and also has good
showrooms where one could pick up some typical South Indian favourites like
Kanchipuram Silks, Wood crafts etc.
Adyar is a suburban market
area towards the southern most part of Chennai, adjoining the IIT and CSIR
Other areas like Vepery
have mostly household items. Burma Bazar sell, so called imported items. Be
careful what you pick up and at what price.
Indian handicrafts and
bronze artifacts can be bought from the Govt. backed Victoria Technical
Institute and the Poomphuar (a Government of Tamil Nadu Undertaking), also
at Anna Salai. The best of Indiaís silk comes from
Kanchipuram, which is
available at Mylapore near the Kapaleshwar Temple, Pahagal Park, Pondi Bazae
ar T. Nagar.
The Central Cottage
Industries Emporium sells varieties of handicrafts from all over.So go ahead, shop to your
heartís delight and take home an exquisite, piece made in
India , just for you.