Anantapuri Express

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Anantapuri Express
Service typeMail/Express
LocaleKerala & Tamil Nadu
First service30 June 2002; 16 years ago (2002-06-30)(initial run between Thiruvananthapuram Central and Chennai Egmore)[1]
1 November 2017; 16 months ago (2017-11-01)(extended to Kollam Junction)[2]
Current operator(s)Indian Railway
StartKollam Junction (QLN)
EndChennai Egmore (MS)
Distance travelled859 km (534 mi)
Average journey time17 hours 5 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)16723/16724
On-board services
Class(es)AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper 3 tier, 4 Unreserved
Seating arrangementsChair car & Bench seat
Sleeping arrangementsCouchette cars
Catering facilitiesNo
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Rolling stockWAP-7, WAP-4
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Indian gauge
Electrification25 kV AC 50 Hz
Operating speed50 km/h (31 mph)
Rake maintenanceRameswaram
Rake sharingSethu Express
Route map
Anantapuri Express (Trivandrum-Chennai) Route map

Ananthapuri Express is an express train running between Kollam Junction and Chennai Egmore via Thiruvananthapuram Central, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai and Tirunelveli through the trunk line and chord lines in Southern India. It is a daily overnight service. From Chennai Egmore, train no:16723 departs by 19:50 hours and reaches Kollam Junction at 13:00 hours the next day. The parallel train numbered 16724 starts 15:00 Hours from Kollam and reaches Chennai around 08:05 hours the next day. Proposal of the train was on 30 June 2002[1] Central budget of railways, operating six days a week. Later in 2005 it is made daily train. In the beginning it ran between Chennai Egmore and Thiruvananthapuram Central. In 2017 Central budget, it is extended[2] to Kollam with effect from 1 November 2017.[3][4]


It runs along the Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram trunk line and other chord lines through one among the shortest routes from Kollam to Chennai via Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Trichy, Villupuram and Chengalpattu.


Kollam JunctionParavurVarkala SivagiriThiruvananthapuram CentralNeyyattinkaraParassalaKuzhithuraiEranielNagercoil JunctionAralvaimozhiNorth PanagudiValliyurNanguneriTirunelveli JunctionVanchi Maniyachchi JunctionKadamburKovilpattiSaturVirudhunagar JunctionTirumangalamMadurai JunctionKodaikanal RoadDindigul JunctionTiruchirappalli JunctionVriddhachalam JunctionViluppuram JunctionTindivanamMelmaruvathurMaduranthakamChengalpattu JunctionTambaramMambalamChennai Egmore[5]


  • 16723 - Starts for Chennai Egmore daily at 7:50 PM IST and reach Kollam Jn next day at 1:30 PM IST
  • 16724 - Leaves Kollam Jn every day at 15:00 HRS IST and reach next day Morning 8:10 AM IST


The engine of 16723 Express caught fire at Kollam Junction on 16 July 2018.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai express train from June 30". The Hindu. 18 June 2002.
  2. ^ a b "Extended destination of three daily trains running through the state". Times of India. 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Southern Railway - Gateway of South India". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ "India Rail Info - Anantapuri Express". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ "16723-Chennai Egmore-Kollam Junction Anantapuri Express". India Rail Info. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ (Malayalam, not available in English)