Varkala Sivagiri railway station

Varkala Railway Station, station code VAK, is a major railway station (NSG 4 Category) serving the district of Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala starting on 1912 as metre gauge line. It is situated in the municipality of Varkala which is 40km from Trivandrum City and 15km from Attingal municipality.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 busiest railway station in Trivandrum district, after the Trivandrum Central based on passenger handling. Station is well connected to major cities like Trivandrum,Hyderabad, Delhi,Bangalore,Chennai,Mumbai,Kolkata,Goa etc.

Varkala
Regional rail and Light rail station
Varkala Railway Station
LocationVarkala, Trivandrum, Kerala
 India
Coordinates8°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
Elevation57m
Owned byGovernment of India
Operated byIndian Railways
Line(s)Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram line
Platforms3
Tracks5
Connections
Construction
Structure typeStandard (On ground Station)
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled access
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeVAK
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram
History
Opened1912
Rebuilt2000
ElectrifiedYes, 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Previous namesVarkala Railway Station till 2005
Traffic
Passengers (2017-18)10,860[1]
Annual Passengers - 3,964,010
Location
Varkala , Trivandrum , Kerala
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Traffic

In 2017-18 FY about 39lakh passengers were passed through this station and make a profit of 10.58 cr. In close proximity to the station is Varkala Municipal Bus Station. It serves the people from Varkala Taluk and Chirayinkeezhu Taluk.

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

References

  1. ^ "Varkala, Kanyakumari railway stations to get facelift - Times of India".
Kallambalam

Kallambalam is a town in Varkala Taluk of Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. Kallambalam joints Varkala with National Highway 66 (old NH 47). It is 41 km north from Thiruvananthapuram, 30 km south of Kollam city, 13 km West of Kilimanoor and 10 km East of Varkala

Varkala Sree Janardhanaswamy Temple is a very famous traditional temple nearby Kallambalam.

The blessed land of estuary and backwaters, Paravur is also nearby Kallambalam.

Kerala Soil Museum

Kerala Soil Museum is a museum on the premises of Central Soil Analytical Laboratory at Parottukonam, Thiruvananthapuram District, in the Indian state of Kerala. The museum displays the diverse types of soil in the state. It was set up by the Department of Soil Survey and Conservation of Government of Kerala and inaugurated on 1 January 2014. It has been described as the world's largest soil museum and the first soil museum in India established to international standards.

Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas contributions to the Indian railways

The Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas (KGK) contributions to the Indian railways were widespread from the late 1850s to the latest reorganization of the Indian Railways infrastructure in 2003–2006. The community also widely known as Mistris of Kutch (or Mistry) migrated from Kutch to perform the work and were involved in the laying down of railway tracks and construction of rail bridges in almost all railway routes of undivided British India.

Ponganadu

Ponganadu is a small developing town near Kilimanoor ,its in chirayinkeezh Taluk in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala State, India. It comes under Kilimanoor Panchayath. It belongs to South Kerala Division. It is located 40 KM towards North from District head quarters Thiruvananthapuram. 3 KM from Kilimanoor. 40 KM from State capital Thiruvananthapuram

Ponganadu Pin code is 695601 and postal head office is Kilmanoor .This Ponganadu pincode number can be used as location tracker for India’s largest online shopping companies such as snapdeal, flipkart, ebay, amazon, paytm, homeshop18, infibeam, junglee, mynthra, yebhi etc., these companies sending the product on the basis of Ponganadu pincode.

Madavoor (5 km), Nagaroor (6 km), Karavaram (7 km), Pulimath (7 km), Navaikulam (7 km) are the nearby villages to Ponganadu. Ponganadu is surrounded by Chadayamangalam Taluk towards North, Varkala Taluk towards west, Vamanapuram Taluk towards east, Chirayinkeezhu Taluk towards south.

Attingal, Varkala, Paravoor, Nedumangad are the near by Cities to Ponganadu.

This Place is in the border of the Thiruvananthapuram District and Kollam District. Kollam District Chadayamangalam is North towards this place .Malayalam is the Local Language here.

St. Xavier's Church, Peyad

The St. Xavier's Church is a Catholic Church run by the Latin Diocese of Neyyattinkara.

Diocese of Neyyattinkara was formed on 5 November 1996 and prior to the formation of Diocese of Neyyattinkara, St.Xavier's Church Peyad was under the control of Latin Arch Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram railway division

Thiruvananthapuram railway division (TVC) is one of the six administrative divisions of the Southern Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. It has its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the state of Kerala. It is the southernmost railway division of India and manages 625 km of route track and 108 railway stations in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The major stations of the division are

Alappuzha,

Aluva,

Chengannur,

Ernakulam Jn,

Ernakulam Town,

Kanyakumari,

Kayamkulam Jn,

Kochuveli,

Kollam Jn,

Kottayam,

Thiruvananthapuram Central,

Thrissur,

and

Varkala Sivagiri Railway station.

Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach is a beach in Varkala municipality of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasham means wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasham Beach washes away all the sins in one's life.

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