Know about Alappuzha Railway Station, Kerala

Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey in Malayalam, is located in ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala. It is also known as ‘The Venice of the East’ by Marco Polo. This small place is full of coconut trees, beautiful canals, backwaters, beaches as well as lagoons and known to be a famous Indian Travel Destination.

This being prime destination, has many trains passing through from important cities of India like Banglore, Manglore, Kozhilode and Amritsar. Four trains originate from here for cities like Chennai, Kannaur, Dhanbad and Tatanagar. It is about 4 km from the city to reach the railway station. Trivandrum, Chennai, Cochin, Bokaro, Coimbatore and Mumbai are linked by rail to Alappuzha Railway Station.

Mr. K.C.Venugopa, Union Minister of State for Power said about Alappuzha Railway Station to be facilitated by most of the modern facilities including the escalators. Mr. Rajesh Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthpuram Division was also accompanying the Minister at this place. It was all said by the Minister owing to the fact that this place is important as a tourism industry. Most of the times passengers are unable to get tickets at this railway station during the night hours. This issue and pure drinking water problem will be sorted out soon, told the Minister.

It is easy to reach Alleppey or Alappuzha by train from anywhere in India, especially from South India which is very well connected to this place by regular trains. All the main cities of South India as well as central India are connected to Alleppey by trains. The visitors should board a train from any metropolitan city and arrive at Alappuzha. The time required reaching here depends upon the route chosen. It is a major station linking all the important cities of India. Direct trains are available to Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam and ahead to North from here. Alleppey is easily reachable from Kochi or Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Coimbatore, Mumbai or Bombay as well as Kolkata.

By Air – It is better for the visitors to take a flight to Kochi International Airport and arrive at Allepey Railway Station or take the roadways facility to Alappuzha on National Highway 47, that connects Salem to Kanyakumari also. By Air, to reach Alleppey, is the fastest and shortest journey to this Divine Land of Kerala. Alappuzha stands to be one of the most popular places for the tourists in Southern part of India. A last minute booking by Air on line is very much possible making it a hassle free planning. People can fly down to Thiruvananthapuram having regular flights (domestic) to this place. Alappuzha is also reachable, firstly flying to Nedumbassery Airport and then travelling about 85 km to reach here. For this schedule trains and buses are available.

By Road – The journey by road to this place proves to be memorable passing through the greens of Kerala. Alappuzha is very well connected to all the main roads and highways running all over the Southern part of India. The available National Highways are connecting Alleppey to every part of India. Visitors can drive or hire car or taxi for Alappuzha through the good network of roads available all around Kerala including the neighbouring states also. Alleppey – Changanacherry Road, directly connecting to each other, is the main one for the city merging in NH 47. Interconnecting well maintained and good roads available in plenty for the different parts of the South make road journey to Alappuzha very easy. NH 47 passes through Alappuzha.

Visiting Places in Alleppey• Alleppey Beach
• Mullackal Bhagavathi Temple
• Nehru Trophy Boat Race
• Coir Manufacturing Process

Information about Akola Railway Station

In India the first train was from Mumbai to Thane in 1853. Bhusawal railway station was established in 1860 and extended to Nagpur in 1867. Long ago there existed a meter gauge line from Jaipur to Secunderabad via Akola of an about 1470 km long railway track. Now this gauge has already been converted into broad gauge. It is a famous junction on the Howrah –Nagpur-Mumbai line(broad gauge) and Kacheguda-Jaipur meter gauge line. The well known railway stations in Akola region are Paras, Gaigaon, Akola Junction, Murtizabad Junction. These are under Bhusawal-Badnera section of Bhusawal Division under Central Railways.

Akola is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Chennai, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Hatia, Puri, Kolhapur, Jaipur, Pune, Surat, Bikaner, Kamakhya, Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa, Ratlam, Bhopal, Chittorgarh, Bilaspur, Howrah, Vaidnath, Hingoli, Secunderabad, Ganganagar, Nampally, Mhow, Jodhpur, Nanded, Okha, Gondia, Purna, Parli, etc. by direct trains.

Akola –Purna –Parli, Akola – Khandwa – Mhow and Akola – Parli- Adilabad etc. few trains originate from Akola.

On meter gauge few stations are- Hiwarkhed, Akot, Adgaon Buzurg, Patsul, Akola Junction, Ugwe, Barshitakli, Shivani Shivpur, Lohogad, Jaulka- that come under Purna – Khandwa Section of South Central Railways.

On narrow gauge few stations are – Lakhpuri, Murtizapur Junction, Karanja – under two branch lines Murtizapur – Achalpur and Murtizapur-Yavatmal of Bhusaval Division of Central Railways.

A new railway station was started at Shivani-Shivar in 2009 so that the goods load may be reduced at Akola. Here narrow gauge was changed to broad gauge and is connecting Purna to Hyderabad via Akola.

This station has computerized reservation counters and office, STD and PCO booth, waiting rooms, retiring rooms, book stalls, and canteens as well as restaurants serving veg and non-veg dishes and refreshments.

This railway station is one of the top 100 hundred railway stations as far as booking facilities and services are concerned. Around 70 trains pass through this railway station.

There is good connectivity to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Howrah, Indore, Pune, Bikaner, Jaipur etc. Mostly booking is found full for two months. Hence better to book earlier.

Road Services
The National Highway No. 6 passes through Akola. It runs from Hazaria (Surat) to Kolkata. It is a part of the Asian Higway 46. Highways no. 68 as well as 69 of the state also pass through the municipal area of Akola.

Akola Municipal Transport department takes care of the Public Trasport Serices also. Number of vehicles are increasing day by day causing a lot congestion and fatal accidents too. For the sake of city transport autos are easily available and very common. The Integrated Rural Development Planning is working hand to hand with the Municipal Corporation to renovate the transportation system of the city.

Intercity Transport
Buses of the State transport system are cheapest and most commonly used by the public to travel to all the parts of the city and state as well as to the cities naming – Nagpur, Bhopal, Indore, Hyderabad, Nanded, Amravati, Mumbai, Nashik, Jabalpur, etc. Privately run buses ( ordinary and air-conditioned both) ply frequently to many major cities daily from Akola.

Akola Airport
It is one of the oldest Airports of India situated at a distance of about 7 km from the city on National Highway No. 6. It is known as Shivani Airport and is domestic. Nagpur is the nearest International Airport at a distance of 250 km and Aurangabad Air Port about 265 km from the city.

Places of Interest
• Shri Sidhivinayak Temple-at Jathar Peth near Prasad Colony. Famous temple of Lord Ganesha.
• Gurudwara-at Railway Station Road
• Badi Maszid (Markaz)
• All Saints church
• Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary-Principal tourist place, 40 km from the city.
• Raj Rajeshwar Temple-the oldest temple of Lord Shiva.