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Thiruvananthapuram central

Thiruvananthapuram Central
തിരുവനന്തപുരം സെന്‍ട്രല്‍
Indian Railway Station
Central Station
Thiruvananthapuram Central Station main building.
Station statistics
Address Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

8°29′15″N 76°57′07″E / 8.4874°N 76.952°E / 8.4874; 76.952Coordinates: 8°29′15″N 76°57′07″E / 8.4874°N 76.952°E / 8.4874; 76.952

Elevation 6.74 metres (22.1 ft)
Line(s) ThiruvananthapuramKayamkulam, ThiruvananthapuramKanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram-Punalur-Erumeli via Nemom, Nedumangad (Proposed)
Connections Taxi Stand,Pre paid Auto service, Trivandrum Central bus station of the KSRTC
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 5
Tracks 15
Parking Available
Baggage check X-Ray detection machine installed
Other information
Opened 4 November 1931
Electrified Yes
Station code
Station status Functioning
Passengers ()200,000 per day

Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum Central) is the main railway station in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the largest and busiest railway station in Kerala in terms of passenger movement and the second most important rail hub in South India behind Chennai Central.[1] It is also the most profitable station under Southern Railway Division. The building of the railway station is one of the landmarks in Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram Central is also a terminating point for the proposed Chennai - Bangalore - Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor and the Thiruvananthapuram - Mangalore High Speed Rail corridor by the Indian Railways. The railway station located opposite to the Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram at Thampanoor.

Trains from here connect the city of Thiruvananthapuram to major cities of India including New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Madurai, Vizag, Jammu, Howrah, Guwahati, Madgaon, Hubli, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Kota Bhubaneshwar, Gorakhpur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Mangalore etc. This station is also noted for a whole range of amenities available within the premises. The station has book-shops, restaurants, accommodation, Internet browsing centers and even an essential commodities shopping mall. A second satellite station was opened in 2005 at Kochuveli called the Kochuveli Railway Station, near the International Airport. Thiruvananthapuram is the first major city from south along the longest train routes in India, the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Dibrugarh Vivek route and the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Jammu Tawi Himsagar route. A second terminal (south Terminal) was opened in 2004 to handle passenger traffic and later a West Terminal in 2007. To reduce traffic, the Central Railway Station has 18 railway tracks.

The terminus is one the A1 stations in the state of Kerala.[2]


The Madras-Quilon line was extended to the capital of the Princeley State of Travancore, Trivandrum and was opened on 4 January 1918. The line then terminated at Chalai, which was the trading centre of Trivandrum then. The terminus was shifted to current location Trivandrum Central Thampanoor on 1931. The Thiruvananthapuram Central station building was built during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the Maharani of Travancore, and inaugurated on 4 November 1931. No bricks were used for the construction of this station building; it was built completely with rock masonry.[3] Thiruvananthapuram was a branch line station but the Maharani built it at par with the counterparts in the major cities of India.The station was built to handle two departures per day in 1931 and had only one platform in the beginning.


This station now has 5 platforms to handle long distance trains and short distance trains.[4] The Trivandrum railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram and other entrance is on Power House road.The train care centre functions adjacent to the second entrance. Thiruvananthapuram Pettah,Nemom Railway Station and Kochuveli Railway Station are the satellite stations to Thiruvananthapuram Central.


Thiruvananthapuram Central is well equipped with modern security gadgets, and is the first station in the state to install video surveillance. The Networked electronic surveillance system is installed in this Central Station by Railway Protection Force (RPF) for improving the security and for monitoring the movement of passengers arriving at the station.[5]

  • Computerised Reservation Ticket Center
  • Computerised Unreserved Ticket Center
  • AC & Non AC Passenger Waiting Center
  • Cloak Room
  • Rest Room
  • Restaurants
  • Pre Paid Parking Facility
  • Pre Paid Auto
  • X Ray Luggage Scanner
  • Parcel Booking Office
  • Foot over bridge
  • Public Addressing System
  • Medical Shop
  • Book Stall
  • Railway Enquiry
  • ATM
  • Automatic Ticket Vending Machine

The station handles over 200,000 passengers daily.[6]

Thiruvananthapuram Central at a glance

Express Trains from Thiruvananthapuram Central

Some of the major trains originating from the station.[7][8]

No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 16724 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express
2. 12623 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Trivandrum Mail
3. 12696 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Express
4. 12698 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Express
5. 22208 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Thiruvananthapuram - Chennai AC Duronto
6. 16332 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai Express
7. 16346 Thiruvananthapuram Central Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express
8. 12625 Thiruvananthapuram Central New Delhi Kerala Express
9. 12431 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram-Rajdhani Express
10. 12643 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarnajayanthi Express
11. 16323 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shalimar Shalimar Express
12. 16326 Thiruvananthapuram Central Indore Junction via Chennai Central Ahilyanagari Express
13. 16328 Thiruvananthapuram Central Korba via Chennai Central Korba Express
14. 16334 Thiruvananthapuram Central Veraval Veraval Express
15. 12515 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guwahati via Chennai Central Guwahati Express
16. 12507 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guwahati via Chennai Central Trivandrum-Guwahati SuperFast Express
17. 16347 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Mangalore Express
18. 16603 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Maveli Express
19. 16630 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Malabar Express
20. 17230 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hyderabad Deccan Sabari Express
21. 12512 Thiruvananthapuram Central Gorakhpur Junction via Chennai Central Raptisagar Express
22. 12076 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kozhikode via Alappuzha Jan Shatabdi Express
23. 12082 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kannur via Kottayam Jan Shatabdi Express
24. 16302 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shornur Junction Venad Express
25. 16304 Thiruvananthapuram Central Ernakulam Junction Vanchinad Express
26. 16341 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guruvayur Intercity Express
27 16343 Thiruvananthapuram Central Palakkad Town Amritha Express
28. 16349 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Express
Passenger Trains starting from Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination
1. 56313 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nagercoil
2. 56311 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nagercoil
3. 56315 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nagercoil
Express Trains Passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 16606 Nagercoil Mangalore Ernad Express
2. 12659 Nagercoil Shalimar Gurudev Express
3. 16335 Nagercoil Gandhidham Nagercoil Gandhidham Express
4. 16381 Kanyakumari Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Jayanthi Janatha Express
5. 16525 Kanyakumari Bangalore Island Express
6. 16317 Kanyakumari Jammutawi Himsagar Express
7. 12997 Tirunelveli Happa Happa Superfast Express
8. 12995 Tirunelveli Bilaspur Bilaspur Superfast Express
9. 15906 Kanyakumari Dibrugarh Vivek Express *
10. 16727 Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Express
11. 16649 Nagercoil Mangalore Central Parasuram Express
Passenger Trains passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination
1. 56701 Punalur Madurai
2. 66305 Kanyakumari Kollam
3. 56317 Kochuveli Nagercoil
4. 56701 Madurai Punalur
5. 56304 Nagercoil Kottayam
6. 56318 Nagercoil Kochuveli

Future expansion plans

Decision has been taken by the Indian Railways to convert Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station into world-class standards. The foundation stone for expansion and modernisation of station was laid by Union Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad in December 2006. Tenders have been invited for carrying out feasibility studies for this proposed project. More than Rs.100 crores is needed for first phase of this project.[9]

A new complex of railway station will be built with a built-up area of 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2). All modern facilities including an office and commercial complex is planned here. The proposal to set up a suburban terminal at Nemom or Putharikandam Maidanam is also in the pipeline. It is estimated that only a consortium would be able to take up expansion project of Thiruvananthapuram Central, since the project is a massive one.[10]

An Escalator work is currently in progress connecting Platform 1 and 2.

Feasibility study for Chennai Bangalore Thiruvananthapuram High speed rail corridor ongoing and is being planned along with other few corridors in country.

See also

  • Thiruvananthapuram Railway division
  • Kochuveli Railway station
  • Nagercoil Railway Station
  • Thiruvananthapuram Pettah
  • Nemom Railway Station
  • Neyyattinkara Railway Station
  • Southern Railway Zone
  • Railway station layout



  1. Trivadrum Central Railway Station

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