Kerala is known for its unique traditions, temples, eco-friendly initiatives, beaches, backwaters, wildlife and much more! In short, Kerala is a paradise known as God's Own Country. Such a beautiful state, such a beautiful place. Planning to go there and wish to save on airfare? Or are you just interested to know about rail connectivity in Kerala? This is the perfect place for you.
Following are the 16 Major Railway Stations in Kerala:
1. Ernakulam Junction South (ERS)
One of the important stations in the city of Kochi in Kerala is the Ernakulam Junction railway station. The train has high passenger traffic and stands second highest in terms of passenger revenue in Kerala. The railway comes under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division. It is classified as A1 and is operated by the Southern Railway Zone of India. The station has a total of six platforms for both local and long-distance trains.
The station offers many amenities such as restrooms, children's play zone, library, Wi-Fi, air-conditioned lounge etc. All platforms also have escalators, making it easier for the passengers especially the older citizens to move from one platform to the other. Around 48 trains originate from this station, and 47 trains terminate here. Apart from that, other 60 trains halt here. The station is 2.8 kilometres away from the city centre where one can reach by taxi, auto-rickshaw or bus service. Places like Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Kochi fort are situated on the west end of the city and are 10 to 12 km away from the station. Ernakulam Temple, Subhash Park, and Rajendra Maidan are only a kilometre away, and 5 kilometres south of the station is the Kerala Folklore Museum where the travellers can reach by public transport.
2. Thiruvananthapuram Central Station (TVC)
Thiruvananthapuram Central is the busiest railway station in Kerala in terms of passenger traffic. The station is located in the Thiruvananthapuram formerly known as Trivandrum. The railway building is an important Landmark for Thiruvananthapuram. The station is one of the highest revenue earning stations in Southern Railways. The station 5 platforms and more 11 to be developed shortly. There are two entries for the station. The station is located near the bus stop making it easier for passengers to travel. The proposed Chennai - Bengaluru - Thiruvananthapuram High-Speed Rail (HSR) corridor and the proposed Thiruvananthapuram - Mangalore High-Speed Rail Corridor is to be started from this station. The railway station is located opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram at Thampanoor.
Trains connect Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to other major cities in India. The station also has some amenities for its Travellers like bookshops, refreshment stalls, accommodations, Internet browsing spots. It was the first station in the state to install video surveillance. The station is going under development and is to be converted into a station of world-class standards. Around a kilometre away from the station are Methan Mani and Vetti Muricha Kotta, 4,5 kilometres away is the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo where one can reach by foot or by hiring taxis or rickshaws.
3. Ernakulam Town Station (ERN)
Ernakulam Town Station (also known as Ernakulam North) is an important station in the city of Kochi. The station has been given an 'A Grade' title. It is operated by the Southern Railway Zone of India (under Thiruvananthapuram Railway division). People often refer to the Ernakulam North station as simply 'North' to distinguish it from the Ernakulam Junction Station that is situated in the south. The station has two platforms and is suitable for travellers wishing to travel the north side of Kochi. It is situated in the northern part of the city and is the stopping point for trains going towards mainly to Kottayam side in the south. There are over a hundred trains that stop here. Ernakulam Town Station also has public transportation facilities that offer good connectivity in the city. The bird sanctuary and Marine Drive Ground are situated 2.4 kilometres from the station.
4. Angamaly Station (AFK)
26 kilometres away from the Ernakulam town and 10 kilometres away from the Aluva station lies Angamaly railway station in Ernakulam District of Kerala State in India operated by Southern Railway Network. Although no trains currently originate from here, soon a rail to Sabarimala is starting from here. Currently all passenger trains and few express trains passing the station halt here. The rail station lies in the Shoranur-Cochin Harbour section of Trivandrum division. The Cochin International Airport has located just 5.6 kilometres away from the station where a taxi can be taken.
5. Chalakudi Railway Station (CKI)
In Chalakudy lies the Chalakudi railway station that is situated between Irinjalakuda railway station and Divine Nagar railway station - both high in passenger traffic. Chalakudi railway station lies in the Shoranur-Cochin Harbour section in Thrissur district and is operated by the Southern Railways of the Indian Railways. The station is second largest after the Thrissur railway station in the district. It is classified as an 'A' class station and declared as an "Adarsh" (ideal) station. The station has three platforms. Even though the station was declared as a model station in 2012, more development is yet to be carried out. Kathuka Park, a famous animal park, is only 7.2 kilometres away from the station and can be easily reached via cabs.
6. Charvattur Railway Station (CHV)
Charvattur railway station (also known as Cheruvathur railway station) is located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. It comes under the Shorarur-Mangalore line and is operated by the Southern Railway Zone of India. The station has three platforms. However, the station has still not been electrified. Hosdurg Fort is a famous tourist attraction which is located 14.6 km away from the station. Tourists can take a bus to Kanhagad and walk 20 minutes from there to reach the fort or take a direct taxi from the station and reach the fort in 20 minutes.
7. Aluva Railway Station (AWY)
The Aluva Railway Station is located in Great Kochi in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. The station is one of the busiest and a high revenue earning station for Thiruvananthapuram rail division. The Aluva Railway Station has four platforms and six tracks. One of the platforms is for cargo trains. Over 150 passenger and express trains halt at this station. The trains travel to other parts of the state and the country. Many express trains also take a halt here.
Public transport is easily available around the station. Aluva Bus stop is right outside the station and has many state buses stopping there. Just 3 kilometres away is the famous river Periyar. The Bridge across the river is the Marthanda Varma Bridge. From there, the tourists may proceed to the Shiva temple located on the other side of the bridge. 3 kilometres from the station, across the river, are also places like Tagore Gate and Kacheri Malika where tourists may visit.
8. Guruvayur Station (GUV)
Guruvayur railway station serves the town of Guruvayur, Thrissur District, Kerala. The station has three platforms and four tracks. It is in proximity to the Guruvayur Temple. The station is operated by the Southern Railway Zone of India and comes under the Guruvayur-Thrissur line. The station has an auto-rickshaw stand and a taxi stand. The station is one kilometre away from the city centre. Parthasarathy Temple is 2 minutes walking distance from the station. Other temples like Mammiyoor Temple and Guruvayur Temple can be accessed by road.
9. Trivandrum Pettah (TVP)
Located only 2.5 kilometres away from the Thiruvananthapuram Central Station is the Trivandrum Pettah Station (also known as Thiruvananthapuram Pettah Station) for inter city trains. The Southern Railway Zone of the Indian operates the station Railways.
Many trains - express or passenger, stop at this station. Pulanur Pass, Trivandrum Express, Malabar Express, Venad Express, Kanyakumari Express and more trains pass daily from the station. The station has an auto and taxi stand right outside and a good bus connectivity to other parts if the cities making it easier for travellers to commute. Most of the trains coming from the north stop here. Just 550 meters from the station is the Pettah Shiv Temple.
10. Chengannur Station (CNGR)
Chengannur Station, located right in the centre in Chengannur, Kerala, is one of the busiest stations mostly due to the travellers going to Sabarimala pilgrims. The station has been given the title of 'Gateway of Sabarimala' by Indian Railways in the year 2009. The station serves three districts - Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta. The station has three platforms and five tracks. It also has a bus stand, taxi stand, rickshaw stand and a private bus stand.
The Station is going under constant development. Currently, lifts and escalators are being installed. A new track is also proposed to be started. Even though no trains originate from here, a total of 87 trains that halt here because of the high passenger demand. 45 kilometres to the west of the station is Amaze world, a famous amusement park, 9 kilometres north is Sree Vallabha Temple and 36 kilometres southeast is the Konni Elephant Reserve.
11. Thrippunithura Station (TRTR)
Located at Karingachira in Thrippunithura (a suburban area of Ernakulam town) is the Thrippunithura railway station. The station has a total of two platforms and lies in between Thiruvananthapuram Central Station and Ernakulam South Station. The Station is important to the district of Idukki since this is the closest station for people travelling to and from Idukki. The station is also located near prominent areas like Kochi, InfoPark and some temples and industries as well. Around 30 trains that go to other cities in Kerala and some even to important cities of India like Mumbai and Chennai halt here.
On the east side of the station are the Thanneerchal Park, Hill Palace and Deer Park at a distance of 2.5 kilometres from the station. On the west side of the station are the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple and Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple at a distance of around 2 kilometres. All these places can be reached using road transport.
12. Kazhakkoottam Railway Station (KZK)
Located at Kazhakoottam, the railway station lies in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division of the Southern Railway Zone of Indian Railways. The station is 2.7 kilometres from the city centre. The station has three platforms, and around 20 trains halt here. The station is located in proximity to many places like Techno Park, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kinfra Film etc. The station also has godowns of Food Corporation of India (FCI).
13. Vatakara Railway Station (BDJ)
Vatakara railway station serves the town of Vatakara in the Kozhikode district of Kerala. The station is also referred to as Badagara railway station. The station has a total of three platforms, but not more than three tracks are passing through the station. No trains originate from this station, but many do stop here. Trains that connect to the main cities like Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram etc. halt here. The station comes under the Shoranur Mangalore Section of the Southern Railways.
The station has been upgraded and given a title of "Adarsh" (ideal) station. The station has many facilities like Online Reservation counters, retirement Rooms, booking office, Railway Mailing service (RMS) office, refreshment stalls and book stalls, autorickshaw stands and parking facilities, ATM, power chord plug point, information counter etc. Lifts and escalators are proposed to be added to the station. 3.6 kilometres south of the station, is a famous sight called Sand Banks where one can reach using taxi or rickshaw.
14. Bekal Fort Railway Station (BFR)
Bekal Fort Railway Station is a part of the Southern Railway Zone of India. The station is in the Kasaragod district and serves thousands of people every day. The Bekal Fort Station is situated next to Bekal Fort Beach near Bekal Fort. Previously, it was named Pallikkere and later changed to Bekal Fort Railway Station. The station also has express trains halting here (Malabar express and Thiruvananthapuram express). The station is 1.2 kilometres from the beach and 1.8 kilometres from the Bekal Fort. The city centre is 4.8 kilometres away; a train leaves from the station every 20 minutes to Kottikulam Railway Station, which is at the city centre.
15. Pudukad Railway Station (PUK)
Pudukad Railway Station is a small station in the town of Pudukad, Thrissur district, Kerala. The station has two platforms and not more than 20 trains halting here. Passenger trains like Edamann - Guruvayur Pass, Ernakulam - Nilambur Pass and express trains like Island Express, Parasuram Express halt here. The station is a regular simple station with no extra facilities. Kurumalikkavu Temple (2 km station) Nenmanikkarra temple and Mahadev temple (2.8 km from the station) can be reached by road.
16. Payyanur Railway Station (PAY)
Payyanur railway station is situated in Payyanur town in district Kannur, Kerala. The station has three platforms and four tracks. The Southern Railway Zone of India operates it. The station has many trains halting here that connects this town to important cities of India. The station has gained importance, as the Indian Naval Academy is situated 5 kilometres away from the station.
The Ezhimala Hill is 10 kilometres from the station, and Valiyaparamba Beach is 4.7 kilometres away. Both of these places can be reached by hiring a taxi. The rail connectivity for both intercity travel and interstate travel is well integrated into Kerala and makes it easier for folks to reach Kerala easily by train.