Route Length : 760 Kms
Bridges : 1,798 (major - 168; minor - 1,630)
Best Time to Visit : September to April
Tunnels : 88 (longest 6.5 km)
Konkan Railways - Traversing
India’s West Coast
INTRODUCTION TO KONKAN
A breathtaking journey, traversing the beautiful konkan Coast
with the Konkan Railway, is a 1000 km . long adventure on
rails . Konkan Railways offers one of the most luxurious train
journeys in India. Konkan Railways offers a mesmerising route
from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram. The gorgeous destinations
of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala on the route of
Konkan Railways make the trip unforgettable. Konkan Railways
caters to the commuting solutions of the business and leisure
travellers with the ports of west India as their destinations.
A marvel of civil engineering, the Konkan Coast project, the
picturesque west coast of India - taking them through the
stated of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.
Konkan Railways offers breathtakingly
beautiful sights to the commuters, unexplored destinations
with natural charm and promises of improved economy. The travel
time from Mumbai to Goa has been cut down drastically by the
Konkan Railways. Throughout the journey the shimmering spots,
picturesque scenery and Konkan beaches keep you going on happily.
PLACES TO VISIT WITH
The ecology and scenic beauty of the region traversed by the
Konkan Railways will make the journey along this route a pleasant
and enjoyable experience for the passengers. The shortened
time span and the easy accessibility to inland scenic spots
or to beach fronts along the picturesque coastline should
offer opportunities for travel not contemplated earlier and
contribute to a booming tourist trade.
Every state in Konkan offers
tremendous variety. history, adventure, wildlife and sun-kissed
beaches and many of these spots are untouched and pristine.
Until now, they were inaccessible except to hardy explorers,
willing to suffer the discomfort of exhausting bus journey.
Maharashtra is a state that can
be immensely satisfying to those looking for history or adventure.
For a traveler today, the Raigad Fort combines both. The fort,
built by Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1674, witnessed his
glittering coronation in 1674, and it was from there that
he set out for his expedition of the south, and in 1680, breathed
his last. In trying to reach it, the tourist can now opt for
a steep three- or four-hour climb, or for the heart-stopping
Raigad ropeway, 35 km away from Veer.The
Raigad district has also one of the loveliest beaches in India.
If one thinks of beaches, the first name
that comes to mind is Goa. When a traveler on the Konkan Railways
alights at Madagaon, he finds himself 6 km away from Colva,
the state's commercial hub. Colva, an 18-km stretch of silvery
sand, has the secluded wilds of Palolem and Betul beaches
at the far end. It was here that the second-century statue
of Buddha was found. While beaches like Calangute, Vagator,
and Dona Paola are the first areas that the tourists visit,
Goa has far more to offer to the visitor. Panaji, the capital,
only a small fishing village four centuries ago, is one of
the most beautiful in the country, rising on the wooden terraces
of the Alinto hill.
On the lower coast of the south
India is Karnataka, formerly known as Mysore state. It got
its name from Karu Nadu, meaning 'lofty land'. so called because
most of Karnataka is situated on the western edge of the Deccan
plateau. The beautiful state with backwaters, coconut trees,
and nature therapy, God's own country, Kerala is to the extreme