Madurai is known for its textiles, handicrafts and bronze items. If you want to take some souvenirs from the city back home, drop in at one of the Cottage Industries Emporiums or government emporiums in the city. The best buys in Madurai include chungidi and sungudi sarees. The chungidi saree is basically a two coloured saree with patterns inspired from geometrical prints called kolam and rangoli prints. They are made using the common technique of tie and dye. Chungidi sarees are mostly available in red, black, blue and purple colours, and are draped in fisherwomen style. The colour of the border of a chungidi saree is in contrast to the main colour of the saree, which adds to its appeal. The sungudi, a typically longer saree, has been around for more than a century. These sarees are eco-friendly sarees as they are made using dyes that have been extracted from leaves. The sungudi sarees are made out of cotton threads embellished with tiny dots all over the main drape and have an intricate embroidery over their borders. These sarees also have a contrasting body and border but what really sets them apart from the chungidi sarees is their thin and light fabric, which makes them a perfect choice for summers.

You can also visit the Avani Moola Street and Chithirai Street to buy some of the rarest handicrafts and small decorative items. The Prithu Mandapam or Puthu Mandapan, an old pillared hall near the eastern entrance gate of the Meenakshi Temple is also a great option for indulging in some shopping. Home to a number of cotton and batik stores, the market sells everything from sarees, fabrics, handicrafts to metallurgical articles. This market is also very popular for its skilled tailors who can stitch a garment in a span of only one to two hours. The Madurai Mall is the biggest mall of the city selling almost everything under the sun like books, jewellery, clothes, medicines and other services. The mall is a one shop stop for all your lifestyle needs.