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Chiplun Railway Station
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Chiplun pronunciation (help·info) is a town and a municipal council in Ratnagiri district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarter of Chiplun taluka. Located on the Mumbai–Goa highway (NH-17) ( It has been now renumbered as NH-66.) in western India. The city is about 320 km south of Mumbai in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is a fast developing city in Konkan with a strong cultural background. The name Chiplun means "The abode of Lord Parshuram."
The town lies on the banks of the River Vashishti. To the east of the city lie the Western Ghats and to the west lies Guhagar. The region has a tropical climate. The 'rainy season' — the monsoon lasts normally from June till October. The Koyna Hydroelectric Power Project Stages III and IV are situated in Chiplun.
At the 2011 India census, Chiplun had a population of 55,139. Male constituted 50% of the population and female 50%. Chiplun had an average literacy rate of 90%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 93% and female literacy of 90%. 15% of the population was under 6 years of age.
Chiplun city is the economical and commercial centre of the Ratnagiri District.The town is well flourished being connected to the
National Highway 17 ( It has been now renumbered as NH-66.) and also the State Highway 78. It plays an important role as a place on the National Highway. It is well connected to Mumbai, Pune, Panaji, etc. A municipal council looks after the civic needs of the city.
Christ Jyoti Convent High School, Chiplun, United English School, Paranjape Motiwale High School, Maharashtra High School Chiplun, Haji Dawood Ameen High School-Kaluste and D.B.J. College are the some of oldest educational institutes in the town catering the need for the taluka. The town has its own cinema theatre named Pooja Theatre. The city is close to MIDC, Lote which was the Asia's biggest chemical zone in the last decade.
Since the city is on a busy National Highway, it also caters to travellers en route to Goa and Mumbai. It is also a junction for those travelling to the Dabhol (a shipyard near Chiplun), where a project, 'Sangla Buggla' failed. This led to a rise in local unemployment and created a vacuum among young people during that time. The place is unaffected as the people are self-motivated culturally. The town links the western coast to the interior parts of Maharashtra.
Chiplun was severely devastated in the 2005 Maharashtra floods, when 300 mm rain fell on 25 July 2005.
It is a land of traders; it trades in groceries, kokams (red colour fruit) and kokam juices. It also has a great crop of mangoes as it falls in Ratnagiri district which is very well known for King of Mangoes, Alphonso. The city has its own ‘TAJ’ Hotel developed first in Maharashtra near riverview and it is now known as "Quality Resort The Riverview". Chiplun is famous for its hotels and known as tourist place. The waterfall known as Savatsada, attracts the eyes of tourists in months of June and July.
Educational institutions include:
- Apex The School of Arts, Animation & Technology, Chiplun
- Christ Jyoti Convent High School,Chiplun
- D.B.J.College of Commerce, Science and Arts,Chiplun
- Gharda Institute of Technology, Lavel
- Gurukul Institute of Management and Technology, Chiplun
- Govindrao Nikam College of Pharmacy, Sawarde
- Iqra English Medium School, Gowalkot Road, Chiplun
- Khadeeja English Medium School and Khatun Abdullah Secondary School, Gowalkot
- Laxmibai Marutiroa Bandal High School, Chiplun
- Mary Matha School, Kherdi
- Maharashtra High School, Chiplun
- Paranjape Motiwale High School, Chiplun
- Rajaram Shinde College of Engineering
- S.P.College of Commerce, Bhogale.
- Sahyadri - Hon.Shrachandragi Pawar Agiri, Food Technology College Kharwate, Dahiwali, Sawarde
- Sahyadri Institute of Business Management and Research, Sawarde
- Sahyadri Institute of Hotel Management, Sawarde
- Samarth Kokan Career Academy
- SPM English Medium School, Parshuram
- Suresh Damodar Gadre English Medium School
- United English School, Chiplun (Since 1919)
- Adare Dam
- Shree Sukai Devi Mandir, Owali
- Chiveli Vagheshwari Temple, Chiveli
- Gandhareshwar and Vireshwar Temples Of Shiv, Chiplun
- Kalwande Dam
- Karanjeshwari Temple, Govalkot
- Koyna Dam, Koynanagar
- Muthappan Madappura,Chiplun
- Nageshvari Temple, Choravne
- Narayan Lake, Chiplun
- Nehru Smriti Udayan, Koynanagar
- Pandavaas Caves, Chiplun
- Parshuram Temple, Parshuram, Chiplun
- Ramvardayani Temple, Dadar
- Sawatsada Water Falls, Farshi Titha(Pedhe)
- Sharda Devi Temple - Turumbhav
- Shree Dev Kal-Bhairav and Jogeshwari Temple (Old And New), Chiplun
- Shree Devi Mahalaxmi Temple
- Shree Kshetra Dattadham near Koynanagar
- Shree Kulswamini Bhawani Waghjai Mandir, Terav
- Vashisthi Darshan (Visava Point), Parshuram
- Vindhyavasini Temple, Raotale, Chiplun
- Viththalaai Temple, Dhamanavane
- Walavalkar Shivaji Museum, Dervan(Sawarde)
Chiplun is connected to other parts of the country mainly by National Highway 17 (NH-17). It has been now renumbered as NH-66. Chiplun is connected by road to Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Ratnagiri, Mangalooru, Karwar, Udupi and Cochin by National Highway Number 17 (NH-17). The Konkan railway also connects to these places by train along with Delhi and Jaipur.
Roads in Chiplun city as well as in many villages is at par above average compared to road conditions in Mumbai. It is also connected to Koynanagar, Patan, and Karad by SH 78. There are several district roads which connect villages to district headquarters and Chiplun town.
There are two MSRTC bus stations. One is the main bus station frequently called "Khalcha" bus stand, and the other is just 2 km ahead of Main bus station called Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand.
Although there are lots of MSRTC intercity bus services, there are few private tourists buses such as Ghatge Patil, Sairatna, Ashwini etc. bus services which ply towards Mumbai & Pune. Even Volvo bus are available to come Chiplun from Mumbai.( Neeta, Purple)
Chiplun railway station is one of the most important stations on the Konkan Railway. The nearest railway junctions are Panvel, Pune and Kolhapur on the central railway. The Chiplun railway station is situated at a distance of 4 km from Chiplun city on NH-17. Nearly every train running on Konkan Railway stops at Chiplun Station.
Most frequently used trains to reach Chiplun from Mumbai are 10111 – Mumbai Madgaon Konkankannya Express, 11003 – Dadar Sawantwadi Express, 10103 – Mumbai Madgaon Mandovi Express, 12051 – Mumbai Madgaon Janshatabdi Express, 16345 – Mumbai Trivandrum Netravati Express, 12619 – Mumbai Mangalore Matsyagandha Express & 12201 – Mumbai Kochuveli Garibrath Express.
All the trains on this route runs have two time tables – a monsoon time table (usually running from 1 June to 31 October), where trains usually run at a reduced speed, and a regular timetable when trains usually run at normal speed 110 kmph for express and 130 kmph for Rajdhani.
The fastest train on this route is 12431 – Hazrat Nizamuddin Trivandrum Rajdhani Express and the second fastest train to ply Madgaon is 12051 – Mumbai CST Madgaon Kokankannya Express which takes hardly 8 hours to reach Goa with two classes of journey ( one is 2S commonly known as Second Seating with a fare about Rs. 200/- whereas second is CC commonly known as AC Chair Car with a fare of around Rs. 800/-.
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|Distance from Mumbai(CST) = 292 km|
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- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "About Chiplun". Retrieved 4 June 2012.