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 1918. It is situated in the municipality of Varkala which is 40km from Trivandrum 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 largest railway station in Trivandrum district, after the Trivandrum Central and Kochuveli Railway Station based on revenue. Station is well connected to major cities like Trivandrum,Hyderabad, Delhi,Bangalore,Chennai,Mumbai,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
Opened1904
Rebuilt2000
ElectrifiedYes, 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Previous namesVarkala Railway Station till 2005
Traffic
Passengers (2017-18)3,964,010 10,860/day[1]
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 Edavai
24 Varkala Bus interchangeParking
VarkalaUnderpass
30 Akathumuri
Anchuthengu Kayal
33 Kadakkavoor Parking
Vamanapuram River
36 Chirayinkeezhu Bus interchangeParking
40 Perunguzhi
Kadinamkulam Lake
43 Murukkampuzha
47 Kaniyapuram
51 Kazhakoottam Parking
54 Veli
Veli Lake
58 Kochuveli Bus interchangeParking
62 Thiruvananthapuram Pettah Parking
65 Trivandrum CentralAirport interchangeBus interchangeParking
Overpass
Down arrowto Nagercoil Junction
Location
Varkala , Trivandrum , Kerala
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Express Trains

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,Kurakkanni, Sivagiri, Kappil, Edava,Attingal,Kilimanoor,Kallambalam and suburbs of Varkala City

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".

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