A Travel along Konkan Railways

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It's been a while I posted in IndiaMike - my academics keeps me at bay. Back home for Winter Vacation, I write my first TL in almost a year - a plain, simple & short one.

It’s the first among many firsts I experienced of late. Since moving to the District of Udupi six months ago, I experienced the South-West Monsoon for the first time (Tamil Nadu takes exception to India’s monsoon cycle - it receives rainfall during the Retreating North-East monsoon.). Although this year’s monsoon wasn’t at its best in the past few years, it was more than a handful. Cloud cover for three months at a stretch, rainfall every 12 hours - stretching hours together, wet & soggy everywhere and the fungi eat into almost everything - it wasn’t all that romantic, but enjoyed the whole experience nevertheless!








SW Monsoon Clouds

Another wish, a 10-year wish, came true two months after I migrated to the Konkan Heartland - a train journey in the Konkan Railways.

It was scheduled as a photography session. The plan was to board one of the the trains bound for Goa from Udupi Railway Station at 6 AM in the morning, reach Goa before Noon, catch the Goa-Mangalore passenger at 2 PM and return back late in the evening. I had difficult time convincing my friends about my lone-wolf trip to Goa and that plan did not include a stay at Goa, but a 2-hour stop over, instead, puzzled many!







Konkan Coast and the Malabar Coast count among the most scenic routes in Indian Railways..

The Mighty Western Ghats to the west, Arabian Sea to the right and the criss-crossing myriad of rivers, streams, estuaries and lagoons gives us the the feel that the Nature gets completely spent along the rich western coasts of the Nation..













While almost the entire Rail network present in India had been constructed by the the Britishers (pre-independence), Konkan Railway project was taken up in the late 1980s - a huge, ambitious Engineering Project undertaken by Government of India. The Headquarters was set up at Karwar, Uttara Kannada.


Karwar Railway Station






Having reached Madagaon Station, I spoke to a local asking suggestions to kill three hours which I had at my disposal. He suggested I go to Benaulim Beach (which was 7 KM away) and I should return back in time for my return train - that was an icing on the cake!


The Market at Madagoan Junction - Portuguese Architecture




Konkani, the Official Language of the State of Goa, was spoken prevalently while Hindi was understood. I took a mini-bus to goto Benaulim Beach and struck a conversation with an elderly person. Having understood my desire to explore the path less travelled, he suggested me a virgin beach just off Benaulim beach. One had to walk through a 2-KM long trail that leads to the beach







One long, lonely road leading to a virgin beach - it was such a wonderful walk, perhaps for the first time in the day, I thought I made a mistake of making it a lone-wolf trip ;-)

The sounds of the lapping waves and the look at the horizon gave me the springs I needed to carry me to the beach and it was not a disappointment at all!

Easily the best beach I have ever been to, the sand seemed to be finest and purest I have seen. 10 metre from the shore, the sand was replaced by sea shells all the way across the coast as far as I could see..












A Virgin Beach off Benaulim
Be Bold, Be Confident, Be Happy, for you are on the right path..

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Wonderful What a great idea - to do a day-trip to Goa by train! Lovely photos.
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Brilliant. A ripple of fresh air! Excellent matching pics! Missing the caption though.
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Thanks a lot, JuliaF and asishdas!!
These were taken from a P&S camera from the moving train and no photoshop work has been done - hence had to select among the many pics I took and post a few handpicked...


Ashishdas, missing the caption?! I don't get it..
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Your pictures speak a thousand words..captions are totally unnecessary!
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Lovely picture of the "long, lonely road leading to a virgin beach" taken at 12:40 - it looks so peaceful there !
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Your travelogue & photographs always tempts me to visit those places (once more)... Excellent Prasanna. It is always pleasure to be in the western part of South India.
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Thanks a lot Balaji :-) Yeah, having a good time there!

Torontomm, my favorite one is the pic at 10:14, wish I were the owner of the house..
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I mean caption on your photographs. I feel comfortable with a brief intro on pics e.g. where the photo was clicked etc. May be I am less imaginative.
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Thanks. From your pic where a train is standing on a lonely station platform I was all along thinking that the station must be Mangalore. Please see the board where "Mangalore" is clearly written. Now I know how wrong I was! The signboard must be indicating the location for Mangalore-bound compartment. ha ha ...some benefit of adding caption!

By the way, what is that pagoda-like building? I can read "....Pinto....Chat...," but it does not mean anything. Help please!
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Yeah, I did not have that thought - it's the coach position for the Mangalore bound train indeed. I should have clarified it in the first place!

The building named 'Pinto' was an eye catching one, en route Benaulim Beach from the Central Market Madagaon; I clicked that picture from the mini-bus. I do not have further information on that building, but my guess is it's a private bungalow.
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Originally Posted by prasannasankar View Post Torontomm, my favorite one is the pic at 10:14, wish I were the owner of the house..
Yes, Prasanna, it looks so beautiful and peaceful but I wonder what life was like in that house a few hundred years back without electricity, running water, Radio, TV, Phone, newspaper etc.
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Originally Posted by torontomm View Post Yes, Prasanna, it looks so beautiful and peaceful but I wonder what life was like in that house a few hundred years back without electricity, running water, Radio, TV, Phone, newspaper etc.
Yeah, I still wonder how much of these modern amenities does this particular house has... It looks completely isolated......
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Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Ronak.

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