An Enigmatic Journey Along 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.