Grand Central Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Central Hotel Madurai
Good price, fairly clean, but staff unhelpful and toilet is rank.
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... tuk driver shows us a little hotel in the centre of the small town with cheap masala dosa and uttepams - the new family favourite. Before heading home I ask our driver to take us to the ‘wineshop’ and he pulls up and points down a dingy alley populated by a large group of men mooching around taking surreptitious swigs from clandestine bottles.
“I’m not going down there.” Amber flatly announces. ‘I wouldn’t expect you ...
... some English. They love to stare at you but will be shy when it comes to comunicating. They will randomly speak at times when you don't expect and ignore you when you might need them. They will often tilt their heads back and forth and we didn't always know if it meant yes or no. I later found out it is yes in most circumstances and "I am a peaceful man and I don't mean any harm" when they do it randomly. The other very ...
... said the stop would be short so we should get on our carriage and nearby doors. Not sure why any grandiose plan was needed. Just get on and head down the carriage to our block of beds.
Aboard the Southern Railways we got. The sheets were fresh [only dating from last month] and there were curtains for each area. It was a bit more swish than the northern offerings. Went pretty much straight to bed, letting the hens cluck.
... Shroud of Turin (although hopefully Gandhi's cloth is not a fake). This is definitely the seed of a new religion, if it isn't already in bloom. I'm all for venerating Gandhi for his remarkable accomplishments, but his depiction in popular Indian culture has definitely moved into legend. He was believed to be a demigod in less educated regions of India while he lived and now the messianic myths are free to multiply. It's no different to deifying ...
... ride back to Kochi (this time to an underdeveloped northern beach) then back to fort Kochi for souvenir hunting and final masala dosas before heading to the airport.
As we have found before it's often the places that don't immediately jump out from the guidebook at you that sometime give you the greatest memories. We spent a night in Kollam just because we had tickets on a train the following day. It's not a major spot on anyones itinerary, just another Indian ...