Coworking spaces in Kerala

In this new age, the concept of having an office space is changing. Especially for Startup / IT people where all it needs is a space to place laptop, a seat, and a decent internet connection. Past two weeks have been very interesting. I got an opportunity to experience different co-working spaces in major cities of Kerala, the southern state of India. I would like to share my experience working from co-working hubs in Cochin, Calicut and Trivandrum. The journey was quite amazing, where I met many freelancers and startup guys.
In my view coworking spaces keep you more productive and happier than regular workplaces. You are surrounded by other professionals working on their projects in a hostility-free and friendly environment, which encourages you to focus on your work, and with whom you can discuss and exchange ideas, and improve your business, life, and community.

Cochin

The fast-growing Ernakulam city has always been the centre of business and startups when it comes to Kerala. I have stayed here for three days where I used one coworking hub each day.

1. Alappat Center A

The one thing that differentiates Center A from all other coworking hubs I have visited is the class and the location. It’s located on MG road, mostly known as the heart of the city and the infrastructure they offer is world class. Price is bit high while comparing others but I think that’s worthy.

They have meeting rooms, enclosed offices, coworking hubs. Coworkers can either work from an enclosed common area or the rooftop cafe. I was working from rooftop sky cafe, There is a small coffee shop, foosball table, most of all the view from the 8th floor is great.

Special thanks to Mr Joy Alappat who offered me a free trial that day.

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Location

Pricing

Daily — Rs.750 / ~ $11 + tax

Parking

Pretty good as it’s a jewellery building.

Lunch

There are many home delivery options in mg road, Can dine from the rooftop sky cafe.

Contact

http://www.centre-a.com/

guestservices@centre-a.com

+91–7559900030, +91–7559900040, +91–7559900050

2. Kerala technology innovation zone ( Former startup village )

This space is not open to the general public right now. Former startup village’s common space was pretty good. They stopped this after converting to KTIZ under Kerala startup mission.
One option available now is to be the guest of existing startups incubated there physically. I have worked from KTIZ as a guest of my friend’s startup http://www.yatramantra.com. Space is not that great when comparing, but the people/culture there is still awesome.

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Location

Pricing

N/A for coworkers.

Parking

Big dedicated parking space.

Lunch

Beeranikkas shop — People who visited SV / KTIZ at least once will be knowing the taste of beeranika’s food.

See https://foursquare.com/v/beeranikkas-hotel/5131dd77e4b02e87024a9f47

Contact

https://startupmission.kerala.gov.in/kerala-technology-innovation-zone

3. Creative cube

Spend my last day in Cochin working from creative cube’s Kakkanad space. In fact, they have three hubs in Cochin. The main one is in Panampilly Nagar, where I think the interior is cooler. the other two are villas, not so bad to work from.

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Location

Kakkanad x 2, Panampilly Nagar x 1. See their website for all locations.

Pricing

Daily Rs. 300 / ~ $4.5

Monthly 3k — 3.5k / ~ $45 — $52

Parking

As it’s a villa which I have been working there is a limited parking space.

Lunch

Can dine in from the dining table, order food online.

Contact

http://www.ccube.space/

Arun — +91–9539911199

Trivandrum

This is a city which always disappoints me. I have been to Trivandrum in search of coworking hubs. Searched online, asked many freelancers, techies, startup guys but none knows any coworking space. Some of them suggested few companies in Technopark and outside subleasing their space, which I felt is not a good option. I ended up working on my friend’s apartment.

Calicut

My hometown where I started this journey. It was surprising to me realising the growth of Kozhikode in this space.

1. Flewhub

Funded by flewup technologies and located inside hilite business park near the city’s largest mall — hilite. The working of this space is a bit different though. I found PC installed in each seat also the people which I met there are different. Few guys work like each one compliment skills p2p on their projects. Also, they have a quarterly pitching event for budding entrepreneurs named flew conclave, Aliriza, Chairman told they have a network of investors participating in this event.

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Location

Pricing

Daily — Rs. 600 / ~ $9

Monthly — Rs. 10k / ~ $150

Parking

Two floors dedicated parking space.

Lunch

As hilite business hub have a food court at rooftop it was easy. Got good food at decent rates and the ambience of dining space was awesome.

Contact

http://www.flewhub.com/

chairman@flewhub.com

Aliriza — +91–9048772040

2. Spacebar

This space is more like a 2 BHK apartment. But the ambience was really great. Founded by two freelancers based in Calicut. Spacebar has one dedicated room which is already taken by some team, another one is the common place where I was working.

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Location

Pricing

Daily — Rs. 300 / ~ $4.5

Monthly — Rs. 3.5k / ~ $52

Parking

No parking space for building. Can park in nearby

Lunch

All the main restaurants in Calicut deliver to Eranhipalam I have ordered biryani from paragon salkara that day.

Contact

https://www.facebook.com/getspacebar/

Lejeesh — +91–9747840106

Sooraj — +91–82817 56633

I could only cover only these much with the limited time I had in Kerala. If you guys know any coworking hubs other than these please comment below.

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About me

I am Shyjal Raazi from Calicut, Kerala currently working on https://collect.chat, an automated chatbot widget powering thousands of websites around the world. Read about the journey of this startup at -https://hackernoon.com/bootstrapping-a-10k-month-chatbot-startup-in-the-pursuit-of-freedom-d98ac301528f

My past works include http://www.makeachali.com which is viral among trollers in Kerala, http://www.paylet.io/ which secured first prize in Mena regions largest fintech hackathon.

Read my interview at https://7questions.co/interview/shyjal-raazi-cofounder-collect-chat/

Feel free to contact me at https://shyjal.com