Varkala Sivagiri railway station

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Varkala Sivagiri Station
Indian Railway Station
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Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station view towads south from foot overbridge
Station statistics
Address Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
 India
Coordinates 8°44′28″N 76°43′23″E / 8.741°N 76.723°E / 8.741; 76.723Coordinates: 8°44′28″N 76°43′23″E / 8.741°N 76.723°E / 8.741; 76.723
Platforms 3
Other information
Station code VAK
Zone(s) SR
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram

Varkala railway station also known as Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station, station code VAK, is a major railway station serving the district of Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala. 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 ThiruvananthapuramKollam railway line and is an important railhead in the Thiruvananthapuram district, after the Thiruvananthapuram Central station.In close proximity to the station is Varkala Bus Station.

Name of the Station[edit]

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[edit]

Varkala beach which is one of the popular tourist destination in kerala is at a distance of 5 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.

Trains at a Glance[edit]

Express Trains
No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 12623/12624 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Trivandrum Mail
2. 12695/12696 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Express
3. 16331/16332 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai Express
4. 16345/16346 Thiruvananthapuram Central Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express
5. 12624/12625 Thiruvananthapuram Central New Delhi Kerala Express
6. 16347/16348 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Mangalore Express
7. 16603/16604 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Maveli Express
8. 16629/16630 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Malabar Express
9. 17229/17230 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hyderabad Deccan Sabari Express
10. 12075/12076 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kozhikode via Alappuzha Jan Shatabdi Express
11. 16301/16302 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shornur Junction Venad Express
12. 16303/16304 Thiruvananthapuram Central Ernakulam Junction Vanchinad Express
13. 16341/16342 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guruvayur Intercity Express
14. 16343/16344 Thiruvananthapuram Central Palakkad Town Amritha Express
15. 16348/16349 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Express
16. 12659/12660 Nagercoil Shalimar Gurudev Express
17. 16605/16606 Nagercoil Mangalore Ernad Express
18. 16649/16650 Nagercoil Mangalore Central Parasuram Express
19. 16127/16128 Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Express
20. 16525/16526 Kanyakumari Bangalore Island Express
21. 16381/16382 Kanyakumari Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Jayanthi Janatha Express
Passenger Trains
No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 56307/56308 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kollam Junction Kollam Passenger
2. 56700/56701 Punalur Madurai Punalur Madurai Passenger
3. 66304/66305 Kollam Junction Kanyakumari Kollam Kanyakumari MEMU
4. 56304 Nagercoil Kottayam Nagercoil Kottayam Passenger

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