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An Enigmatic Journey Along The Konkan Trail

Much has been spoken about the majestic train journeys experienced by tourists across world destinations like Swiss Alps or Euro Rail track throughout Europe. In fact tourists also discuss about visiting the Seven Wonders of the World before they die, mostly to witness the beauty of these man made or natural creations. This exotic train journey can be availed in India itself across the Konkan railway route operated by the Indian Railways.

An enigmatic journey across the Konkan Trail

Konkan region spanning across three states; beginning from Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and stretching up to Kerala is an enthralling experience for those who have undertaken it. The journey across the scenic landscape of lush green terrain, sea shores running parallel, tunnels and bridges across rivers and streams, Karavalli coastline and the Western Ghats in the backdrop through which the train meanders like a serpent is heavenly.

Commenced initially on January 25th, 1998; the Konkan Kanya Express runs between Mumbai CST in Maharashtra and Madgaon in Goa taking approximately 13 hours to cover the breathtaking route. The Konkan Railway route spans 738 kilometers with its end points at Roha in Panvel of Maharashtra and Thokur railway station before Mangalore in Karnataka.

The journey (involving a non electric diesel operated locomotive) assures the tourist of never wasting a minute inside the train but peering out at the expanse of beauty and panorama at every step, is the brainchild of E. Sreedharan under whose guidance the Konkan Railway was set up in 1990.

The spectacular part of the entire journey is that the trains plying on this route follow a monsoon table as the entire stretch on which the railway track runs is swampy and marshland hence prone to landslides. The bridge across Sharavati river connecting two mountains, Karbude Tunnel and remaining 90 tunnels will transport the passengers to a different world. So much so, several films have been shot on the Konkan railway route and in the Konkan Kanya Express itself.

The route once consider impenetrable by the British and the idea shelved is worth taking a shot. People who don’t have time to admire the entire stretch can board the Konkan Kanya Express from Mumbai CST and detrain at Goa’s Madgaon which covers 18 stations and courses like a mythical creature across the dream like wonderful stretch spread across coastlines, hillocks, marshes, forests and rivers to end in a memorable experience etched in the heart forever.

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