Foreign Tourist Quota - Kochi > Karwar/Hampi help needed

#1 Dec 18th, 2012, 13:04
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Hi Train Swamis,

Myself and my travelling companion are attempting to get from Kerala to Hampi in time for Christmas. We'd ideally like to get to Hampi on the 24th of December. We greatly prefer trains over buses (but will resort to a bus if neccessary - just the ones we've come across are FRIGHTFULLY expensive). We're looking at getting to Hampi via Karwar or Hospet but don't really care what route we take, we just want to get to Hampi in the simplest way possible.

Unfortunately we're prone to making the same mistakes over and over - and have left this busy route to the last minute yet again.

We've found some FTQ tickets available for a route that will get us there on a not-quite-ideal but still passable date. Are there any FTQ booking offices in Kochi or very nearby? Or does anyone else have any insight into our predicament?

Many thanks in advance!
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Look into Kochi (station Ernakulam Junction) to Bangalore, then Bangalore-Hospet route.

Or Ernakulam-Tirupati-Hospet.

There's a FT booking place opposite Ernakulam Junction station.
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Steven, you're the guru we were hoping would reply. Thanks a lot - we'll look into those. Much love.
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Don't know if you noticed, I edited my post to include the Tirupati option, if you could get availability on that route, Tirupati/Tirumala is an awesome place to spend the day between 2 overnight journeys.
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We are potentially looking at leaving Kochi on the 23rd on the 12678 Bangalore Exp (AC Chair Car) - which is currently Waitlisted @ 35, then that night getting the 56909 Hospet Passr (Sleeper available) and arriving in Hampi the morning of the 24th. Or maybe the 16592 Hampi Exp if FTQ is available (currently 99 waitlist for sleeper on the 23rd).

Do you think this could be a good option / do you think we'd get 35 waitlist for AC Chair Car on that route?
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We can get FTQ for Eranakulum Junction > Tirupati on the 22nd but there's no FTQ available on the 23rd for Tirupati > Hospet, and Sleeper is Waitlist 474... Eugh. That is on the 17416 Harpriya Express.
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I will crosspost this in the bus forum - does anyone know of any buses running from Tirupathi to Hospet? We can't find anything on RedBus.
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Is Sleeper Class an option?

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...photos-t48782/

The weather is perfect for Sleeper Class.

The Cape-Mumbai express has 2 berths available in the FTQ from ERS to Guntakal and is well timed.

Then either a train or bus (bumpy road) to Hospet.

EDIT

150km from Guntakal to Hospet, the money saved by using Sleeper Class could be used for a direct taxi to Hospet, maybe Rs1500-2000

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