Nilambur–Shoranur railway line

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Nilambur–Shoranur railway line
Type Light rail
System Southern Railway
Status Operational
Locale Malappuram , Palakkad
Termini Shoranur
Stations 11
Services 7
Opening 1921
Owner Indian Railways
Operator(s) Southern Railway
Line length 66 km
Track gauge Broad gauge
Operating speed 65 km/h between SRR and MLTR and 50 km/h between MLTR and NIL.
Route map
0km / 0 hourShoranur Junction
4km / 0:16Vadanamkurishshi
10km / 0:22Vallapuzha
15km / 0:36Kulukkallur
Mappattukara Rail Bridge
20km / 0:44Cherukara
National Highway 213 (India)
27km / 0:54Angadipuram
32km / 1:07Pattikkad
39km / 1:17Melattur
45km / 1:25Tuvvur
51km / 1:32Thodiyappulam
55km / 1:38Vaniyambalam
66km / 1:50Nilambur Road

The NilamburShoranur railway is a branch line of the Southern Railway Zone in Kerala state and one of the shortest broad gauge railway lines in India.[1] It is a single line with 66 km length running from Shoranur Junction (in Palakkad district) to Nilambur Railway Station (in Malappuram district).[1] This station is 4 km from the town of Nilambur on the KozhikodeOoty highway.[1] Shoranur–Nilambur Road passenger trains are running on this route.[1] It is 40 km away from Malappuram town.[2]


No. Station Name[3] Station Code [3] Coordinates
1 Shornur Junction SRR 10°45′34″N 76°16′20″E / 10.759524°N 76.272237°E / 10.759524; 76.272237
2 Vadanamkurishshi VDKS 10°47′16″N 76°15′10″E / 10.787665°N 76.252691°E / 10.787665; 76.252691
3 Vallapuzha VPZ 10°50′25″N 76°15′09″E / 10.840400°N 76.252420°E / 10.840400; 76.252420
4 Kulukkallur KZC
5 Cherukara CQA 10°55′54″N 76°13′35″E / 10.93169°N 76.226357°E / 10.93169; 76.226357
6 Angadipuram AAM 10°58′52″N 76°12′29″E / 10.981228°N 76.207931°E / 10.981228; 76.207931
7 Pattikkad PKQ 11°01′16″N 76°13′55″E / 11.021027°N 76.232082°E / 11.021027; 76.232082
8 Melattur MLTR 11°03′42″N 76°16′16″E / 11.061734°N 76.271203°E / 11.061734; 76.271203
9 Tuvvur TUV 11°07′14″N 76°16′59″E / 11.120533°N 76.283178°E / 11.120533; 76.283178
10 Thodiyappulam TDPM
11 Vaniyambalam VNB 11°11′18″N 76°15′37″E / 11.188348°N 76.260164°E / 11.188348; 76.260164
12 Nilambur Road NIL 11°16′57″N 76°15′04″E / 11.282541°N 76.251147°E / 11.282541; 76.251147


The line was opened in 1927 in stages: from Shoranur to Angadipuram on 3 February, on to Vaniyambalam on 3 August, with completion on 26 October.


The line passes through the eastern part of the Malappuram district. The line crosses Kunthippuzha between Kulukkalloor and Cherukara which borders Palakkad and Malappuram districts. Velliyar river, a major tributary of Kadalundi river (between Pattikkad and Melattur), Olippuzha river, another tributary of Kadalundi river (between Melattur and Tuvvur) and Kuthirappuzha, a tributary of Chaliyar river (between Vaniyambalam and Nilambur road) are other major rivers that this line crosses.

Train timings[edit]

Towards Nilambur
Sl No Train Number Train Name Starting Ending Connection Trains
1 16349 Trivandrum Central–Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Link Exp. 22:30 From TVC SRR Dep 06:00 NIL Arr 07:25 hrs
2 56611 Palakkad Jn.––Nilambur Road 05:45 AM Palakkad SRR Dep 07:00 NIL Arr 8.40 hrs TCR-CLT Passenger
3 56613 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 9.20 NIL Arr 10.55 hrs ERS-CAN Intercity Express,CAN-ERS/ALLP Exp
4 56362 Ernakulam Jn– Nilambur Road ERS Dep 07.30 hrs SRR Dep 11:30,NIL Arr 13.05 hrs TVM-CLT Janshadabdi Express
5 56617 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 15.05 hrs NIL Arr 16.40 hrs SRR-TVC Venad Express, NCJ-MAQ Parasuram ExpressMS Egmore-MAQ Link Exp
6 56619 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 17.10 hrs NIL Arr 18.55 hrs TVC–LTT Nethravathi,MAQ-CBE Intercity
7 56621 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 19:30 hrs NIL Arr 21:10 hrs. CBE-TCR Passenger,ERS/ALP-CAN Executive Exp,MAQ-Chennai Mail
Towards Shoranur
Sl No Train Number Train Name Starting Ending Connection Trains
1 56612 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. NIL Dep 6.50hrs SRR Arr 8.30hrs CAN-ERS/ALP Executive Exp,ERS-CAN Exp,ALLP-Dhanbad Exp.
2 56614 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. NIL Dep 9.10 SRR Arr 10.50 MAQ-NCJ Parasuram Express HYD-TVC Sabari Exp,TVC-CLT JS,
3 56616 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. NIL Dep 11.20 hrs SRR Arr 13.00 hrs SRR-TVC Venad ExpressHyderabad Sabari Exp,CBE MEMU, NDLS-Mangala Exp.
4 56363 Nilambur Road–Ernakulam Jn. NIL Dep 14.55 hrs ERS Arr 19:50 hrs TVC-Lokamanya Tilak Netravati ExpressMAQ-CBE Intercity Exp,CAN-ERS Exp
5 56610 Nilambur Road–Palakkad Jn. NIL Dep 17.00 hrs PGT Arr:20.45 Connects MAQ-Chennai Mail,CBE-TCR Passenger,ALLP/ERS-CAN Exp at SRR and many mainline trains at PGT.
6 56620 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn NIL Dep 19:15 hrs SRR Arr 21:00 hrs. Connects CAN-YPR Exp,MAQ-Chennai Exp,MAQ-TVC Express
7 16350 Nilambur Road-Trivandrum Central Rajya Rani Link Express NIL Dep 20:40 hrs TVC Arr 06:20 hrs.

Future plans[edit]

The Nilambur-Mysore Railway action council has requested for connectivity to Nanjangud with the route becoming a shorter route from Kerala to Bangalore.

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