The legendary town of Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu is known for its historic temples, and the rich silk saris called 'Kanjeevarams'. Traditionally, the handlooms here were known to weave many a silk and gold thread (zari) saris, unique in design and quality. These saris were more like investments since the value grew as the gold prices rose. Though the rising prices of gold have made the real 'zari' saris unaffordable for most, you may now get silver or CZ zari saris at more reasonable rates here.
The small town is mushrooming with shops all over, and it's very difficult to zone in on just a few shops without any recommendations. But these two shops are a must-visit.