Varkala Sivagiri railway station

Varkala railway station also known as Varkala Sivagiri railway station, station code VAK, is a major railway station (NSG 4 Category) serving the district of Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala starting on 1918 as Varkala - Paravur Lane. It is situated in the municipality of Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district. It falls in the Thiruvananthapuram railway division of the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It is on Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram railway line and is the largest railway station in Thiruvananthapuram district, after the Thiruvananthapuram Central station. In close proximity to the station is Varkala Bus Station.It serves the people from Kurakkanni, Parypally, Kappil, Edava, Attingal.

Varkala renew
A view of the station
Varkala Sivagiri
Regional rail and Light rail station
Varkala Railway Station
Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station view towards south from foot overbridge
Location Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
 India
Coordinates 8°44′28″N 76°43′23″E / 8.741°N 76.723°ECoordinates: 8°44′28″N 76°43′23″E / 8.741°N 76.723°E
Elevation 57m
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Southern Railway
Line(s) Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram line
Platforms 3
Tracks 4
Connections Varkala Bus station, Taxi stand
Construction
Structure type Standard (On ground Station)
Parking Yes
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code VAK
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram
History
Opened 1918
Rebuilt 2013
Electrified 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Previous names Varkala Railway Station
Route map
km
Up arrowto Kayamkulam Junction
Right arrowto Sengottai via Punalur
Kallumthazham Overpass
Chemmanmukku Overpass
0 Kollam Junction Bus interchangeParking
Chinnakada Overpass
Left arrowFCI Siding
SP Office Overpass
4 Eravipuram
Arattukulam
9 Mayyanad
Paravur Lake
12 Paravur Parking
Paravur town Overpass
Kilimukkam Lake
17 Kappil
20 Edava
24 Varkala Sivagiri Parking
Underpass
30 Akathumuri
Anchuthengu Kayal
33 Kadakkavoor
Vamanapuram River
36 Chirayinkeezhu
40 Perunguzhi
Kadinamkulam Lake
43 Murukkampuzha
47 Kaniyapuram
51 Kazhakoottam
54 Veli
Veli Lake
58 Kochuveli
62 Thiruvananthapuram Pettah
65 Thiruvananthapuram CentralAirport interchangeBus interchangeParking
Overpass
Down arrowto Nagercoil Junction
Location
Varkala , Trivandrum , Kerala

Name of the Station

The station name used to be 'Varkala' till 2005. It was renamed "Varkala Sivagiri" after the samadhi of Sri Narayana Guru,situated in Varkala in the year 2005. Most of the trains are allowed temporary halt in this station during a week period of the famous "Sivagiri Theerthadanam" (Sivagiri Pilgrimage).

Significance

Varkala beach which is one of the popular tourist destination in kerala is at a distance of 3.1 km from the railway station.Sivagiri Mutt founded by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala.Janardana Swami Temple is a Vaishnavite shrine which is estimated to be 2000-year-old.

See also

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