Eraniel railway station

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Light rail Station
Eraniel Railway Station.JPG
The Entrance of the Station
Location Opp. Neyyoor Hospital Road,Authiviali, Neyyoor Post, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, Pincode- 629802
Coordinates 8°12′49″N 77°18′27″E / 8.2135°N 77.3076°E / 8.2135; 77.3076Coordinates: 8°12′49″N 77°18′27″E / 8.2135°N 77.3076°E / 8.2135; 77.3076
Elevation 19 metres (62 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Southern Railway zone
Line(s) KanyakumariThiruvananthapuram
Platforms 2
Tracks 2
Connections Auto Stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Disabled access Eraniel
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code ERL
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram
Opened April 14, 1979; 38 years ago (1979-04-14)
Electrified Yes
Passengers (1,27,442) 1,27,442
Eranieli  railway station is located in Tamil Nadu
Eranieli  railway station
Eranieli railway station
Location in Tamil Nadu

Eraniel Railway station (Station code: ERL) in Eraniel is the most important railway station of Kallkkulam taluk of Kanyakumari district in the Tamil Nadu state of India.[1] The station has two platforms and falls on the KanyakumariThiruvananthapuram line in the Thiruvananthapuram division of the Southern Railway zone.[2] All daily trains passing through the station halts in Eraniel station.[2] The famous Mandaikadu Bagavathi Amman Temple, Colachel Port, I.R.E Industries in Manavalakurichi and Padmanabhapuram Palace are situated nearby the Station.[2] The station also is the nearest railhead for two municipalities - Padmanabapuram, Colachel and for 25 villages.


Year Grade Total Rs. Growth %
2009-10 E 55,23,102
2010-11 E 73,45,238
2011-12 E 82,02,963 11.68

Places of interest[edit]


Extension of Trains[edit]

New Train Services[edit]

Technical Details[edit]

  • Total Thiruvananthapuram -Nagercoil Section km = 71.05
  • Line capacity of Thiruvananthapuram -Nagercoil Section : 114.1%
  • Maximum Permissible speed of Thiruvananthapuram -Nagercoil Section : 80 km/h
  • Total Stations =13
  • Block Station =6
  • CNC Station = 1
  • Halt Station =6
  • Critical Block Section = Eraniel - Nagercoil
  • Station km = 272.62

Transfer Division[edit]

The Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil-Kanyakumari railway line was opened on Sixteenth April 1979, and was then under Madurai Division.Thiruvananthapuram division was formed on second October 1979 carving out certain sections from Madurai division. The Meter Gauge sections of Madurai division were retained, while all the newly laid Broad Gauge Sections of Madurai Division were transferred to Thiruvananthapuram Division. Thus, the Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil-Kanyakumari BG line, and the under-construction Tirunelveli-Nagercoil BG line were transferred to Thiruvananthapuram Division. It was then mentioned that when the Tirunelveli-Madurai line is converted into BG line the sections falling under Kanyakumari district and Tirunelveli District would be transferred back to Madurai Division.The Thrunelveli-Madurai line was converted into BG line on 8-4-1981 and ever since people from South Tamil Nadu have been demanding the merger of Kanyakumari BG line with Madurai Division.

Ever since its inception, Kanyakumari district has been willfully neglected by Thiruvananthapuram division(like what Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad Divisions are neglected by Southern Railway), be it in providing Railway infrastructure, providing the required train services, passenger amenities etc. Kanyakumari terminal station lacks the required Railway infrastructures and therefore request for more train services were always turned down by them citing the same handicap as the reason. Kanyakumari District people are demanding transfer Kanyakumari - Nagercoil - Kuzhithurai - Thiruvananthapuram (except Thiruvananthapuram Station) and Nagercoil - Tirunelveli (up to Melappalayam) section to Madurai Division, at the earliest. It is also stressed that under any circumstances, the above places should be under the administration of southern railway zone that is with Chennai only. Even in future also this area should not be attached with any other Zone including Trivandrum, Kerala.[7]

Suburban stations[edit]

Station name Station code
Nagercoil Railway Station NCJ
Nagercoil Town NJT
Kanniyakumari CAPE
Kulitthurai KZT
Eraniel ERL
Aralvaymozhi AAY
Palliyadi PYD
Kulitthurai West KZTW
Viranialur VRLR
Suchindram< SUCH
Tovalai[8] THX



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