Railway stations in Coimbatore

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Coimbatore–Shoranur line
to Erode 
18 Irugur Junction
7 Podanur Junction
000 Coimbatore Main
Coimbatore North
 State Highway India.png State Highway 162
 to Pollachi
4 Madukkarai
9 Ettimadai
18 Walayar
22 Chullimada
29 Kanjikode
37 Kottekad
44 Palakkad Junction
 to Pollachi
52 Parli
60 Mankara
67 Lakkidi
71 Palappuram
75 Ottappalam
82 Mannanur
88 Shoranur Junction
Coimbatore Main
Coimbatore North

Coimbatore or Kovai is a major city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city and urban agglomeration in the state after Chennai[1] and the sixteenth largest urban agglomeration in India. It is administered by the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation and is the administrative capital of Coimbatore district. It is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and a major textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu.[2] It is often referred to as the "Manchester of South India" due to its cotton production and textile industries.[3][4]

Train service in Coimbatore started in 1861, upon construction of the PodanurMadras line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India.[5] Coimbatore lies on the Coimbatore - Shoranur Broad gauge railway line. Until 1956, the Coimbatore railway division was functioning with Podanur as its Headquarters. In 1956, the headquarters was shifted to Olavakkode, of Kerala state, and was named Olavakkod railway division. In 1980, Olavakkod division was renamed Palakkad railway division. It comprised Kerala and western districts of Tamil Nadu. The revenue from railway stations of western Tamil Nadu, especially Coimbatore, was used to develop railway stations in Kerala, which some saw as unfair. Because of this, protests arose in Tamil Nadu to form new railway division with Coimbatore as its headquarters. Ultimately, a new Salem railway division was carved out of the Palakkad railway division in 2006 with Salem as its headquarters. The city falls under the Salem Division of the Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways. The major railway station is the Coimbatore Junction which is the second largest income generating station in the Southern Railway zone after Chennai Central and is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways.[6][7][8] Other major railway stations catering to the city include Coimbatore North Junction, Podanur Junction and minor stations at Peelamedu, Singanallur, Irugur Junction, Perianaikanpalayam, Madukkarai, Somanur, Sulur & Thudiyalur .

List of railway stations[edit]

List of railway stations in Coimbatore
S.No. Name Native name Station Code
1 Coimbatore Junction கோயம்புத்தூர் சந்திப்பு CBE
2 Podanur Junction போத்தனூர் சந்திப்பு PTJ
3 Coimbatore North Junction கோயம்புத்தூர் வடக்கு சந்திப்பு CBF
4 Peelamedu பீளமேடு PLMD
5 Singanallur சிங்காநல்லூர் SHI
6 Irugur Junction இருகூர் சந்திப்பு IGU
7 Periyanaickenpalayam railway station பெரியநாயக்கன்பாளையம் PKM
8 Madukkarai மதுக்கரை MDKI
9 Somanur சோமனூர் SNO
10 Sulur Road சூலூர் ரோடு SUU
11 Thudiyalur railway station துடியலூர் TDE
12 Karamadai railway station காரமடை KAY
13 Kinathukadavu railway station கிணத்துக்கடவு CNV
14 Ettimadai எட்டிமடை ETMD
List of Defunct railway stations in Coimbatore
S.No. Name Status Station Code
1 Chettipalayam Defunct CIM
2 Urumandampalayam closed
3 Veerapandi closed
4 Pudupalayam closed
5 Nallatipalayam closed
6 Koilpalayam closed
7 Tamaraikulam closed


Three metrorail routes have been proposed. Two circular routes, in the northern and southern parts of the city and a dual linear line connecting the Eastern and Western parts. The Northern Route starts from Gandhipuram via Ganapathy, Sivanandha colony, Saibaba colony, RS Puram, Townhall, City Railway Station and ends in Gandhipuram. The second circular Route starts from Podanur via Trichy Road, Sungam, Redfields, Race Course, City Railway Station, Ukkadam and ends at Podanur. A linear line was also proposed from Chinniampalayam, Coimbatore International Airport, CODISSIA, PSG Tech, Lakshmi Mills, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore North Junction, Cowley Brown Road and TNAU. Recently Vadavalli and Thondamuthur are the two new areas that has been included in the linear line as part of the phase extension.[9][10] In 2017,Tamil Nadu government announced that CMRL would prepare DPR and feasibility report for Coimbatore metro rail project and will be funded by German-based company.

Coimbatore suburban circular railway[edit]

Coimbatore suburban circular railway is a circular suburban railway planned for coimbatore city.The circular railway line will help run through Coimbatore Junction, Podanur, Vellalore, Irugur, Singanallur, Peelamedu and Coimbatore North (see map). This will certainly help decongest the city roads. A senior official with the Salem division says if the revival of an old line can bring about so many benefits, it can be considered.


  1. ^ "Tamil Nādu (India): State, Major Cities, Towns & Agglomerations - Statistics & Maps on City Population". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Indian Government press release". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Nicknames of places in India". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Manchester of South India". The Indian Express. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. ^ "IR History – Early days". 1832-1869. IRFCA. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Railways in Coimbatore". raac.co.in. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Coimbatore Junction neglected". The Hindu. 31 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Corporation speeds up work to begin mono rail project". The Times of India. Times News Network. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ Karthik Madhavan (4 September 2012). "A fresh look at Mass Public Transport System for city". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 January 2013.

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