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|Current operator(s)||Indian Railway|
|Distance travelled||373 km (232 mi)|
|Average journey time||8 hours 40 minutes|
|Train number(s)||16343 / 16344|
|Class(es)||Second AC, Sleeper Class, Second Sitting|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
Amrita Express (Malayalam : അമൃതാ എക്സ്പ്രസ്സ്) is an overnight express train operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways between Trivandrum Central railway station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Palakkad Town railway station in Palakkad, Kerala. It was introduced in January 2001 by the then Railway Minister O. Rajagopal. This train is named after Mata Amritanandamayi, the well known spiritual leader.
Train number 16343 runs from south to north, departing Trivandrum Central at 22:30 (10:30 p.m.) and reaching Palghat Town at 08:00 (8:00 a.m.). On the return journey, train number 16344 starts at 21:45 (09:45 p.m.) from Palghat Town and reaches Trivandrum Central railway station at 06:10 (6:10 a.m.).
The train has general Second Class sitting coaches, second class three-tier sleeper coaches, and an air-conditioned two-tier sleeper coach.
From Nov 2015, Amirta Special (06343) departs 8:05 am at Palghat Town and reaches Pollachi Jn at 9:45 am. In return 06344 starts at 7:30 PM from Pollachi Jn and reaches PGT.
Running Schedule for Train Number 16343
|10||Kottayam railway station|
|11||Ernakulam Town (North)|
Link with Rajya Rani Express
A new Express train ( Rajya Rani Express) which was announced in the 2011-12 Rail budget connecting Nilambur and the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It started running on 16 November 2011. Nilambur Road–Thiruvananthapuram Central rajyarani express is link with Amritha. 8 coaches to be merged with Amritha Express at Shoranur Junction.
16350/49–NIL–TVC Rajya Rani Express (Daily)
NIL–20:40, SRR–22:00/ 23:30, TVC–06:20
TVC–22:30, SRR–05:30 / 06:00, NIL–07:25
Stoppages: Vaniamabalam, Tuvvur, Melattur, Pattikad, Angadipuram, Vallapuzha and Cherukara.
Composition:8 COACHES=1 3rd AC, 3 SLEEPER CLASS, 2 GENERAL SITTING and 2 SLR CUM GENERAL SITTING
Date of introduction: 16 November 2011