It was my first visit to Trivandrum or even Kerala.
I was apprehensive about the place I was going to stay. I needed a budgeted, clean and safe place. On Googling I found, hotels near Trivandrum station were all of similar nature and class.
As soon as you put your foot on the ground, the touts swam you with offers to take you to a nice hotel. They get commission, hotel gets a customer and you pay the bill. To tell you the truth, I am susceptible to these pressure tactics, especially if I am traveling alone.
So, I wanted a place I could directly head for, shooing away these touts.
Entrance to International block.
Forums could not help me much. Then fortunately I got to know existence of YMCA in that city.
First, it took us days to contact them. Phone nos. were either wrong or busy. There was no other way to contact them. Links on their website were not working. On top of that, I needed to make a DD (demand draft) @ Rs 495/- per day and send them to confirm my booking.
But it suited my requirements. So I went ahead with my plan and I don’t regret doing that.
Once there, I found staff to be very courteous and co-operative. I could also take a short interview of general secretary, who said they were working towards making it a better customer friendly place. Do read this if you want to know the details. I also collected all correct phone nos & information from them.
The spacious room where I stayed.
Without much ado, I give you the details that you require in case you decide to stay there.
Contact persons – Mr Shaiju and Mr Selvin
Contact nos. –
Shaiju Alfi Ph. 9847508304
Ninan Ninan Ph. 9446353648
Office – 0471-2330059
The full list is here.
Distance from station – Around 1.2 Kms. An autorickshaw won’t take more than Rs 20/- For me it was Rs 16.00. Go directly to pre-paid auto stand.
Website – http://ymcatrivandrum.org/intrivandrum.html
Disadvantage – No good restaurants nearby.
Demand draft of Rs 495/- per day is a must though they say from 2nd time onwards phone calls suffice.
YMCA, Trivandrum is a part of Le Monde-A Poetic Travail
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