Best train- Mumbai to Kerala

#1 Jan 8th, 2005, 10:34
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First time to India, going from Mumbai to Varkala in early March- my plan is to take 6345 Netravati Exp. in Sleeper to Quillon JN then catch a local train to Varkala(seems the Netravati is not currently stopping at that station). This train's schedule seems to work best for us but I heard that some of the best scenery will be at nightime. Any other trains you suggest? I'm planning on sleeper class because I want to see out the windows. Is 1 1/2 days on a train in sleeper class along with my wife crazy? At least for our first train in India? I don't mind paying for 2 AC but I've read you can barely see out the windows.

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How important is scenery over timing?

How tight is your schedule?

Would stopping off for a day in Goa (for example) be an option?

What day of the week will you be looking to depart from Mumbai, and similarly, what day of the week would you be looking to arrive in Varkala? Are these flexible by a day? (some trains are not daily)


I ask because there isn't a lot of choice on that route.
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We have only 2 weeks in India, planning to depart Friday and arrive Saturday. Could be flexible by a day. Scenery is important but if I have a choice between 2 or 3 day train ride I would go with the 2 day, if only for the short time in India.
Stop off in Goa might be a good idea, any suggestions?
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I'm sorry to say, I think you're best to stick with the Netravati Express.

*Before you get to Quilon, ask the 'ticket inspector' on the train if the train will be stopping at Varkala, there is every chance it will.

The days you will be travelling just don’t fit with the 'best' options, I've looked many times, there are ways to 'see' more of the scenery, but there just not worth the extra time needed.

If you were travelling on another day I would have advised the following: -

Train 2051 departs Dadar (Mumbai) at 05:30 and gets to Madgaon (Goa) at 13:30. (CC, 2S.) (this train does not run on Wednesdays.)

Then an afternoon on the beach and a nice evening at a beachside bar/restaurant.

Then a train departs Madgaon at 07:45 and gets to Cannanore at 16:05. (2A, 3A, SL.) This train only runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday.

This would give you 5 hours to go and watch the sunset in a nice restaurant before an overnight train direct to Varkala.

Train 6030 departs Cannanore daily at 21:00 and gets to Varkala at 07:54 the following morning. (2A, 3A, FC, SL.)
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Steve- thanks for the help. I'm going to check out the options. A stop in Goa surely would not be a bad thing. But since this is my time to India, I'm sure I'll enjoy whatever I manage to see out of the windows. When I was a kid I could never sleep in the car because I was worried I'd miss something interesting- now the same thing applies to planes and trains.
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Hi there,
I've had quite a few long train journeys in India, Pakistan & China, and to be quite honest, I always enjoyed them. In China once I did three days solid on my own, but you see lots on trains, both out the window and of the people around you. I wouldn't break up the journey for a day in Goa, since if you only have 24 hours, then you are getting off the train, getting on a bus, looking for a hotel and so on, and in not time you are back on the train again.
Bring a few good books, and plenty of food and you'll be fine. As for all the best scenery being at night time, I don't know anything about that. i would say take a few days in Bombay, I thought it was a really good city. Bhandra is a nice suburb there.

I looked at this post since I am hoping to visit Kerala in March myself. Our plan is to get a connecting flight to Cochin from Bombay and work our way back up. Hope you have a good journey.

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Indeed the Konkan route is very scenic. Even the Mumbai –Pune part too is great. The beauty is multifold during the monsoon season. There will be a lot of rain created waterfalls all the way in the ghat sections.

If you can get an immediate train from Quilon to Varkala, it’s fine. Otherwise there are many buses too. Just get out of the station and catch a bus going towards Trivandrum. Get down at a point about after 45 minutes drive. Tell the conductor that you are going to Varkala. From there you can get a local bus to Varkala.(15 minutes drive). Bus stops in front of the railway station at the same side of the road. There is a bus every 15 minutes or so. There are not many direct buses from Quilon to Varkala. There are a few though…

Quilon bus stand (KSRTC) is about 3 kilometer from the railway station. By the time the bus reaches the railway station it uses to get fully packed. So if you are particular about window seat etc go directly to the bus stand. You can go by the bus stand bound buses or auto rickshaw (15rs).

Also the Quilon bus stand is at the backwater jetty. You even do a small backwater tour at Quilon before catching bus to Varkala
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Beach,
thanks. Does the Konkan Railroad go through Pune? I thought the train headed directly south. But I've never set foot in India, yet. So how would I know?

And since it sounds like you know it well, I'd like to hijack my own thread and ask about Varkala. I'm planning on staying 3 nights but may have an extra day, should I spent it in Varkala? As opposed to Allepey and Kochi where I will also be spending some time? Thanks.

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