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#1 Apr 8th, 2018, 20:07
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On my next trip to India I plan to travel to Mysuru (Mysore). I shall then travel on to Madurai and would like to do so by train if itís possible.
Any information regarding rail connections would be most helpful.
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Hi,

The direct Tuticorin Express leaves Mysore at 18.00 each day, and arrives in Maduri at 07.20 next morning. (train is number 16236)

https://etrain.info/in#!TRAIN=16236


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Rail journey

Thanks Ed , (once again).
I am surprised and disappointed that the train will take some 13 hours and is through the night.
When I can I love train journeys during the day. Just love the views and meet more people.
I am aware that there is no International Airport in Mysuru but would you know if there is an internal airport/ airlines I could use to fly to Madurai?
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Your best bet (fastest) is to take the KSRTC FLYBUS to Bangalore airport. Takes about three and a half hours and you do not enter Bangalore city. Then fly to Madurai. If you book well in advance, the flight ticket can be as cheap as 1500 INR. The bus ticket is 800. However, allowing for security check and some buffer time, this may be about seven hours at the minimum. Train fans will argue train's better.
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Thank you for your reply.

I have thought about it and decided that I, with my son , will travel by train (sleeper) from Mysuru to Madurai. Will be much more fun!

If you pick this up Ed, forget the airplane thing.

Thanks to all.
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Sorry, no idea about flying in India, vaibhav_arora's post may be the best option.

There is one daytime train option that I can see, but a bit of a chore:

There are a couple of early trains Mysore to Bangalore, departing 5.30 or 6.45am.
You would then need to transfer by road from Bangalore to KRISHNARAJAPURM (KJM) which looks to be about 14KM, then you could board the Nagercoil Express to Madurai, which is mostly a day time journey, arriving about 9pm.
(Nagercoil Exp. only runs on 4 days per week).

Probably the plane is the way to go, if you don't fancy the night train.

Ed.

Edited: Oops just seen your post above, the curse of my slow typing strikes again! The sleeper would be my choice too... Good Luck !
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Thanks Ed.

Sorry to muck you about.

Cheers
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#8 Apr 17th, 2018, 23:32
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Hi,

The Tuticorin express option seems simple enough. However, if you like complicated journeys, or want to travel during the day, there are some more options -
1. Travel to Bangalore by one of the numerous trains from Mysore. Then you have a few more choices - one being the 16339 Nagercoil Express, which runs during the day. Note that it only runs four times a week, and runs from the Krishnarajapuram station, and not the main Bangalore city or Yeswantpur station. Still, plenty of buses, cabs, and tuktuks to get you there.
2. Have you considered visiting Ooty, the queen of the south? Travel by road or bus from Mysore. Spend some time(hours or days) there, if you wish. Then the tourist train to Mettupalaiyam. By the time you reach Mettupalaiyam, it will be too late to catch everything else but the Nilgiri Express. So get one of the many buses to Coimbatore. Get the 19:30 to Madurai from Coimbatore. Night journey, I know. But the Ooty-Mettupalaiyam ride makes up for it.
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Hi,

Thank you for the information regarding travelling from Mysuru to Madurai.
I thought the information was very comprehensive indeed.

After much consideration I think my son and I shall take the overnight train to Madurai.
Thank you once again.

I now have a further request and that is to find out if there is an internal airline from Trivandrum to Mysuru.

Will start another thread.

Regards
TonyH.
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There appears to be only one airline that flies to Mysore - Trujet. And it flies to Chennai, Hyderabad, and Cuddapah, which are in a direction opposite to Trivandrum. The simplest way to get to Mysore from Trivandrum is to take one of the numerous flights to Bangalore, walk out of the airport, and the odds are that you'll find a bus waiting or that it will turn up shortly. You can also book the tickets in advance here - http://www.ksrtc.in/oprs-web/.

Or, one could travel by car. Try downloading the OLA app, it's bigger than Uber in India (You should have both apps installed before visiting India, or soon after landing here). For 2 people, a cab may be slightly expensive than a bus, but will be faster, and will drop you to your doorstep.

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